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BONE DOG

Bone Dog
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rohmann
Author's First Name: 
Eric
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2011

Ella, Gus’s elderly dog, promises Gus that she will always be with him, but after she dies, Gus spends a lonely Halloween cavorting with skeletons in the cemetery. Gus’s reappearance is part of the night’s spooky but endearing magic. Firm horizontals and thickly outlined figures keep the story grounded.

THE TWINS' BLANKET

twins' blanket
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yum
Author's First Name: 
Hyewon
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011

The twins have always shared their bed and blanket, but now it is time for something new. Colorful mixed-media illustrations set against ample white space and ingenious use of the gutter illustrate this story of growing up separate but the same.

GOYANGI MEANS CAT

Goyangi Means Cat
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McDonnell
Author's First Name: 
Christine
Illustrator's First Name: 
Steve
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Johnson
Publisher: 
Viking
Publication Date: 
2011

Collage, muted acrylics, and oil paints create patterns reflecting the Eastern and Western worlds of an adopted Korean child. Bonding with “goyangi,” the cat in her new house, she weeps when it goes missing. Its return helps her accept that both she and Goyangi are home.

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.

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