2012 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

Me... Jane

Patrick McDonnell

Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.

Shortlists

All the Water in the World

George Ella Lyon

Discover where water goes and flows.

Apple Pie ABC

Alison Murray

A girl bakes an apple pie and a puppy observing the activities teaches the letters of the alphabet.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Melissa Sweet

Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Fortune Cookies

Albert Bitterman

Seven fortune cookies foretell a child's fortunes for each day of the week.

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm

Jon Katz

Four dogs work hard on the farm doing various jobs. They're good friends now, but it wasn't always this way. Just as each dog has a different role on the farm, each has a unique story.

Naamah and the Ark at Night

Susan Campbell Bartlett

Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means "great singer." For forty days and forty nights, as the ark tosses on storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings. She sings, and they all sleep, finally at peace.

Nothing Like a Puffin

Sue Soltis

A narrator sets out to prove that there is nothing like a puffin but discovers that many things, including a newspaper and a helicopter, are a little bit like one and that a penguin is very much like a puffin.

Samantha on a Roll

Linda Ashman

Warned not to try out her new skates, Sammy straps them on anyway, resulting in a wild ride through town.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Joyce Sidman

What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?

These Hands

Margaret H. Mason

An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory.

Three By the Sea

Mini Grey

Cat, Dog, and Mouse live together contentedly in a cottage by the sea, dividing the work between them, until A. Stranger, Esq., a fox from the Winds of Change company, arrives and stirs up trouble.
Also Available in eBook

The Twins' Blanket

Hyewon Yum

Two twin girls, who have always shared everything, sleep in separate beds with their own blankets for the first time.

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