2016 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

Drum Dream Girl

Margarita Engle

Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there's never been a female drummer in Cuba.
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Shortlists

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Lindsay Mattick

The true story of how Captain Harry Colebourn rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I.

Goodnight, Good Dog

Mary Lyn Ray

For one restless pup the waking world is too full of wonder to leave behind at bedtime, until he closes his eyes and finds comfort in his dreams.

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Sean Taylor

Hoot owl flies through the night and assumes numerous disguises in order to catch a meal.
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House

Bob Graham

The sun makes its journey across the world to Coco's house to wake her up and follow her through another day.

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
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Mama's Nightingale

Edwidge Danticat

Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant. She sends her daughter a tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home.

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats

Alicia Potter

Miss Hazeltine opens her home to cats who need help learning how to be brave, and their new skills are put to use when she finds herself in a bind.

The New Small Person

Lauren Child

Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.

A Poem in Your Pocket

Margaret McNamara

As Poem in Your Pocket Day approaches, bringing an opportunity to meet a real poet, Elinor struggles to write a perfect poem.
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Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook

Anne Vittur Kennedy

Follow Ragweed's handy tips to become the best farm dog ever!

Waiting

Kevin Henkes

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?
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Water Is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle

Miranda Paul

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt

Molly Bang

Sophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her painting of her favorite tree--but when she explains her painting everybody understands what she was trying to do.
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