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Curriculum Collection Book Lists: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

About the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards are given annually to authors and illustrators with the most distinguished contribution to the beginning reader books for young children. This is a relatively new award, as it began in 2006.

(REF) call numbers are in the CCM Reference area, and do not circulate. Most other call numbers are for copies that can be checked out.

(PICT) call numbers are in the Picture Book section; (BOARD) indicates the Board Book section, and (BIG) indicates that the item is on the Big Book Shelves.

Please note that the author and illustrator are listed individually when the book is the work of two people. If no illustrator is listed, the author is also the illustrator.

Easy Reader Label

Other Easy Readers

To find other books like this that haven't necessarily won an award, look for the Easy Reader sticker labels on the spine of the book. These will mostly be found in fiction, though some do appear in both the non-fiction and the picture book sections.

Award Winners and Honor Books



Corey R. Tabor. Fox Has a Problem

Honors: Jen Bailey. Henry, Like Always  B1544h 2023

Kaz Windness. Worm and Caterpillar are Friends



Corey R. Tabor. Fox at Night 

Honors Norm Feuti. Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends

 Joe Cepeda. I Hop

 Jonathan Fenske. Nothing Fits a Dinosaur


Award   Adler, Davis.  (Illustrated by Stan Ricks)  Don't Throw it to Mo!  A2375d

Honors  Fenske, Jonathan.  A Pig, a Fox, and a Box.  F3415p

                Henkes, Kevin.  Waiting.  (PICT) H512w

                Savage, Steven.  Supertruck.  (PICT) S265s


Award   Kang, Anna.  (Illustrated by Christopher Weyant)  You Are (Not) Small.  (PICT) K165y

Honors  Rylant, Cynthia.  (Illustrated by Arthur Howard)  Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page.  R994mt

                Willems, Mo.  Waiting Is Not Easy!  (PICT) W699wa


Award   Pizzoli, Greg.  The Watermelon Seed.  (PICT) P696w

Honors  Henkes, Kevin.  Penny and Her Marble.  H512p

                Sullivan, Mary.  Ball.  (PICT) S9493b

                Willems, Mo.  A Big Guy Took My Ball!  (PICT) W699b


Award   Long, Ethan.  Up, Tall, and High.  (PICT) L8482u

Honors  Litwin, Eric. (Illustrated & created by James Dean)  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  (PICT) L782p


Honors  Klassen, Jon.  I Want My Hat Back.  (PICT) K634i


Award   DiCamillo, Kate and Alison McGhee. (Illustrated by Tony Fucile)  Bink & Gollie.  D545bg 

Honors  Lin, Grace.  Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!  L735l

                Willems, Mo.  We Are in a Book!  (PICT) W699we


Award   Hayes, Geoffrey.  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: A Toon Book.  H417bp

Honors  Arnold, Tedd. I Spy Fly Guy! A7588i

                McMullan, Kate.  (Illustrated by R.W. Alley)  Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day.  M1674p

                Smith, Jeff.  Little Mouse Gets Ready: A Toon Book.  (PICT) S6421l

                Yee, Wong Herbert.  Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends.  Y423m


Award   Willems, Mo.  Are You Ready to Play Outside?  (PICT) W699a

Honors  Davis, Eleanor.  Stinky: A Toon Book.  D2611s

                Grant, Judyann Ackerman.  (Illustrated by Sue Truesdell)  Chicken Said, "Cluck!"  G7611c

                Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  One Boy.  (PICT) S4514o


Award   Willems, Mo.  There is a Bird on Your Head!  (PICT) W699tb

Honors  Lunde, Darrin.  (Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne)  Hello, Bumblebee Bat.  599.4 L962h

                Sayre, April Pulley.  (Illustrated by Steve Jenkins)  Vulture View.  598.91 S275v

                Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  First the Egg.  574.3 S451f

                Wheeler, Lisa.  (Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie)  Jazz Baby.  (PICT) W5624j


Award   Kvasnosky, Laura McGee.  Zelda and Ivy, The Runaways.  K975zr

Honors  DiCamillo, Kate.  (Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen)  Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride.  D545mg

                Portis, Antoinette.  Not a Box.  (PICT) P852n


Award    Rylant, Cynthia. (Illustrated by Suçie Stevenson)  Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas: The Twenty-Sixth Book of Their Adventures.  R994hg

Honors  Arnold, Tedd.  Hi! Fly Guy.  A7588h

                Bloom, Suzanne.  A Splendid Friend, Indeed.  (PICT) B655s

                Silverman, Erica.  (Illustrated by Betsy Lewin)  Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa.  S5876c

                Van Leeuwen, Jean.  (Illustrated by Ann Schweniger)  Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day.  V259am