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2019 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


Little Brown

Marla Frazee

Little Brown is grumpy and lonely at the dog park, until he decides to take matters into his own hands.



David Ezra Stein

A young bear wakes from hibernation craving honey, but soon recalls the many things he can enjoy while waiting for his favorite food to be ready.

Saturday is Swimming Day

Hyewon Yum

A charming and relatable story about trying something new.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Grace Lin

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

Carmela Full of Wishes

Matt de la Peña

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

The Day You Begin

Jacqueline Woodson

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
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Yuyi Morales

An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.

The Rough Patch

Brian Lies

Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together and, especially, in the garden but when his dog passes away Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.

Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Ryan T. Higgins

When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.
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Winter is Here

Kevin Henkes

Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings.

The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

When you live at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch!

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