2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award

Awarded annually by the Cooperative Children's Book Center since 1998, the Charlotte Zolotow Award is given for outstanding writing in a picture book.

Ages: 0-7 years

Winners

A Different Pond

Bao Phi

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis.

Shortlists

Baby Goes to Market

Atinuke

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

Jabari Jumps

Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all.

Buster and the Baby

Amy Hest

What could be more endearing than the bond between a baby and a puppy? A sweet and spirited tale from two picture-book masters.

Niko Draws a Feeling

Bob Raczka

No one understands the abstract pictures that Niko draws until a new friend sees the thought and feeling within his shapes and forms.

Herbert's First Halloween

Cynthia Rylant

Herbert and his father prepare for his first Halloween by making a tiger costume and practicing a big roar.
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Before She Was Harriet

Lesa Cline-Ransome

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

Big Cat, Little Cat

Elisha Cooper

A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.

The One Day House

Julia Durango

A little boy promises his beloved friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house--and his words inspire the other people in the neighborhood to pitch in and get it done.

All the Way to Havana

Margarita Engle

A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.

When's My Birthday?

Julie Fogliano

Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

In the Middle of Fall

Kevin Henkes

Introduces concepts and vocabulary of fall--autumn colors, changes in plants and animals . . . and wind, which soon leads to the next season.

Little Wolf's First Howling

Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Little Wolf can hardly wait. Tonight he will howl at the moon to the top of the sky.

Round

Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature.
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