2017 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

Freedom in Congo Square

Carole Boston Weatherford

This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

Shortlists

Thunder Boy Jr.

Sherman Alexie

Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name ... one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.

Giant Squid

Candace Fleming

A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid.

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth

Peter Jarvis

Alan is very scary. He says things like 'I'm big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!' But all is not as it seems. Alan, you see, has a very BIG (not-so-scary) secret.

Daniel Finds a Poem

Micha Archer

A little boy's animal friends help him discover the poetry to be found in nature.

Hannah and Sugar

Kate Berube

Every day after school, Hannah sees her classmate's dog, Sugar. Hannah politely declines to pet Sugar, because Hannah is afraid of dogs. But one day, Sugar goes missing, and it's Hannah who finds him.

A Bike Like Sergio's

Maribeth Boelts

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same.

Maybe Something Beautiful

F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.

Blocks

Irene Dickson

Ruby has red blocks. Benji has blue blocks. But what happens when they won't share?

My New Mom & Me

Renata Galindo

A puppy comes to live with his adoptive mother, who is a cat.

The Sound of Silence

Katrina Goldsaito

Yoshio delights in the everyday sounds of Tokyo, but when a musician tells him that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself among the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree

Gemma Merino

Tina believes that the sky is the limit, that everything is possible. But her sisters aren't convinced and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far.

School’s First Day of School

Adam Rex

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself.
Also Available in eBook

The Princess and the Warrior

Duncan Tonatiuh

When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her.

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