2015 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

Sparky!

Jenny Offill

A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.
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Shortlists

Beneath the Sun

Melissa Stewart

Describes animals that live in the hottest climates and how they have adapted to survive.

Beautiful Moon : A Child's Prayer

Tonya Bolden

Under a radiant moon and surrounded by all the noises of the city at night, a little boy prays for those in need, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for all the members of his family.

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep

Barney Saltzberg

High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot--atop his brother, Yuan.

Edgar’s Second Word

Audrey Vernick

After waiting for her baby brother to arrive, and then waiting for him to learn to talk, Hazel is disappointed in his first word.

Go to Sleep, Little Farm

Mary Lyn Ray

The farm's creatures prepare for night and rest.

Hooray for Hat!

Brian Won

Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.

If You Were a Dog

Jamie Swenson

Imagine if you were a dog, a cat, a fish, a bird, and even a dinosaur.
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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Katherine Applegate

The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta.

One Big Pair of Underwear

Laura Gehl

Progressively larger groups of animals try to share a limited number of scooters, cookbooks, nap mats, and underwear.

Tap Tap Boom Boom

Elizabeth Bluemle

When a thunderstorm hits a city street, children and grown-ups dash to the subway for shelter — and an impromptu friendly gathering.

What Forest Knows

George Ella Lyon

Follows the changing seasons in a forest as trees and animals are nourished and are dependent on each other.
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