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October 18, 2006


Cynthia Leitich Smith of Cynsations

An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long (Chronicle, 2006).

Little Willow

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills (January 24th, 2006)

Ellen Feld

Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse

Ellen Feld

Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse by Ellen F. Feld


BRINGING ASHA HOME by Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by Jamel Akib (Lee and Low, 2006)

Page Mathis

WHEN GIANTS COME TO PLAY by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006)

This picture book is full of whimsy and wonder. Truly magical.

(It will be neat to see all the nominations! What a great way to build a reading list!)

Nancy Cavanaugh

Granny Gert and the Bunion Brothers by Dotti Enderle, Illustrated by Joe Kulka (Pelican 2006).

A really funny book that everyone in the family will love.

Sondra LaBrie

"Fly, Little Bird" by Tina Burke: A wonderful, wordless picture book about friendship and learning to let go.

"Learning to Fly" by Sebastian Meschenmoser: A pint-sized tale about believing in yourself, and in the impossible.

"Half of an Elephant" by Gusti: A magical adventure about an elephant searching for his missing half.

"Singing Shijimi Clams" by Naomi Kojima: A classically illustrated tale about friendship, kindness and determination.



Just one book per category please :)

But, I have to add, after thinking about this category for a long, long time...

Learning to Fly, by Sebastian Meschenmoser is my top pick of the year too.

Hayley Gonnason

Ceci Ann's Day of Why by Christopher Phillips, illustrated by Shino Arihara (Tricycle Press, Fall 2006).

Nixie Knox

I would like to nominate "Wolves" by Emily Gravett since my other favorite, "An Egg is Quiet" has already been suggested.


Since Sondra broke the one-nomination rule (naughty girl!), I'll pick "Learning to Fly" as my book to nominate. Why? Because it's so funny and so true, in a fictional kinda way.

Elaine Magliaro

I, too, love AN EGG IS QUIET--but it is classified as nonfiction. Should it be nominated in the nonfiction picture book category?


I would like to nominate Little Dog by Lisa Jahn-Clough. this book is based on herself and her dog. A heartwarming story of two being who find eachother in this big world.


Flotsam by David Wiesner


sound of colors, by Jimmy liao

Paul Acampora

I love Learning to Fly but the book that gets requested over and over and over and over again by our in-house picture book expert (an actual six year old!) is Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. It's nutty, accessible, a tiny bit scary, funny graphically and the words just dance. Hurray for Scaredy Squirrel!

Judy Freeman

John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith

Elizabeth Bird

Beach by Elisha Cooper.

Beverly Bixler

Paul Brett Johnson
On Top of Spaghetti


I'm typically very law-abiding (honestly). I have to admit that I did not read the rules until AFTER breaking them.

Please accept my apologies.


No problem, Sondra :)


A Canadian entry: Augustine by Melanie Watt, about a penguin.


MOMMY? art by Maurice Sendak, paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart, scenario by Arthur Yorinks

Kelly Fineman

Bats at the Beach, written and illustrated by Brian Lies


The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers

by Caroline Arnold and John Sandford

FANTASTIC illustrations and fun story.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex.

Christopher David

I would like to nominate Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Leonid Gore.

Beautiful art and an engaging storytelling voice bring to life this carefully researched re-telling of a colonial American folktale.

Cynthia Lord

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illus. Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick)



Emily Jenkins

Nutmeg, by David Lucas

Mathew Lake

"Carrot Soup" by John Segal.
A delicious, lovely book.

Susan Moorhead

A shout out for Max's Words by Kate Banks. A great story about telling stories.

Carrie K.

For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane


The Flower Ball by Sigrid Laube


Mine! Mine! Mine! By Shelly Becker :)

Candie Moonshower

I would like to nominate: GLITTER GIRL AND THE CRAZY CHEESE
by Frank Hollon, Mary Grace and Dusty Baker and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba


The True Story of Stellina, by Matteo Pericoli

Jenny Williams

Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg
His new title won't disappoint!

Alkelda the Gleeful

Adele & Simon, by Barbara McClintock


I'd like to nominate HIPPO! NO, RHINO by Jeff Newman.

Pat Arnold

The Adventures of Margaret Mouse, School Days
Children learn universal values about following rules in this exciting story featuring Margaret Mouse, a little mouse who is not pretty, but lives by the motto "Pretty is as Pretty does".

Pat Arnold

The Adventures of Margaret Mouse, The Picnic
Margaret is almost swept downstream in a sudden storm, only to be saved by a huge, black creature that scares the tiny mouse family. Children learn to judge by inside values, not on the outer shell in Book Two of this series.

The Quilt of Belonging: Stitching Together the Stories of a Nation by Janice Weaver (Maple Tree Press 1897066-50-3)

Carla Mulroney

Mom and Dad are Palindromes by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley is about the most clever book I've seen in a long, long time. Somehow the author wove 101 palindromes into the text, and made a very funny story that is a word game unto itself. McCauley's kinetic art is a terrific addition to the word-oriented mayhem.

Jeanne Nicholson

The Prince's Bedtime
Written by Joanne Oppenheim, Illustrated by Miriam Latimer, Barefoot Books 2006

Rainer Kohrs

Written by Stacy A. Nyikos, illustrated by Shawn N. Sisneros, Stonehorse Publishing 2006.


Across the Alley by Richard Michelson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
This is a wonderful book about unexpected friendship and overcoming prejudice. Lewis' beautiful illustrations capture the lives of two boys separated by an alley and culture.

Mystique Evans

Caleb's Birthday Wish, by David Villanueva, published 2/2006 by A Better Be Write Publisher (www.abetterbewrite.com). The book is about a little boy in a wheelchair whose one wish is to fly! This is a lovely book with great illustrations and a story that gives parents and children with disabilities hope that anything is possible.

Deborah K. Frontiera

I'd like to nominate
Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis, ISBN 0-9663629-8-5, By Grace Enterprises, 2005, because this book combines science facts with a fantasy adventure. This is the best way young children learn. It is also a bilingual book (English and Spanish) so children can practice a second lauguage.

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