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Do you know which ones will grow?

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shea
Author's First Name: 
Susan
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Slaughterb
Publisher: 
Blue Apple
Publication Date: 
2011
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A brightly illustrated book that encourages reader/listener participation. They rhyme will help with the guessing and the picture flaps add to the surprise. Just enough information in terms of text and illustration to be engaging and not overwhelming.

RED WAGON

Red Wagon
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Liwska
Author's First Name: 
Renata
Publisher: 
Philomel
Publication Date: 
2011

On the way to market for her mother, Lucy imagines her wagon to be a stagecoach, train, circus wagon, and even a spaceship. A straightforward text describes her actual trip while cozy, soft-focus pencil drawings reveal her fantasy.

I WANT MY HAT BACK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Klassen
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011

The bear wants his hat back and asks other animals if they have seen it. They have not, but a deer’s question sets him on the trail of the thief. Clear, spare digital illustrations underscore the dry humor as well as the ambiguous ending.

DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONES WILL GROW?

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shea
Author's First Name: 
Susan A.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Slaughter
Publisher: 
Blue Apple
Publication Date: 
2011

In this brightly-colored interactive concept book, a rhyming text challenges readers to decide what grows—Ducks? Bears? Owls?—and what might not—Trucks? Caps? Washcloths? Cleverly designed gatefolds add storytime drama.

BAILEY

Bailey
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bliss
Author's First Name: 
Harry
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2011

Wearing his backpack, Bailey walks to the school bus, admiring a stick along the way, anticipating the wind ruffling his fur through the window, and waiting to plunge into the lunch room garbage pail. Humorous illustrations capture his unusual but clearly doglike adventures.
 

RRRALPH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ehlert
Author's First Name: 
Lois
Publisher: 
Beach Lane
Publication Date: 
2012

Vibrant collages on high gloss paper assembled from zippers, wood, buttons, twine, metal, tree bark, screws, and textile fragments brilliantly convey the droll story of a young pet-owner’s belief that dogs really can talk.

LITTLE WHITE RABBIT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Henkes
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2011

Fat outlines, rounded shapes, and soft colors depict a little white rabbit on an outdoor adventure. His imagination hops along with him as he wonders about being green as grass, tall as a tree, or hard as a rock, but never wondering who loves him best.

ME . . . JANE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McDonnell
Author's First Name: 
Patrick
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2011

Seamlessly integrating intricate stamps of antique engravings with unpretentious line and wash drawings, McDonnell introduces the young Jane Goodall through her favorite things: a stuffed chimp, The Alligator Society, and treetop perches (where she read Tarzan books and dreamed of living among African animals). A surprise photograph at the end shows Goodall’s dreams did come true.

BLACKOUT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rocco
Author's First Name: 
John
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2011

When the city goes dark on a hot summer’s evening, people suddenly have nothing to do. With only flashlights and candles, one family begins to creatively entertain itself before joining others on the street at an impromptu block party for a few magical hours.

PERFECT SQUARE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hall
Author's First Name: 
Michael
Illustrator's First Name: 
Hall
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Michael
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2011

A perfectly happy red square finds new shape and purpose as it is cut, torn, and crumpled, reforming itself each time into something new, beautiful, and even more colorful. The simple text combined with striking illustrations will encourage creative play.
 

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