This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.
Clever die-cuts reveal textured greens varying from sea turtles to peas to firefly glows to faded and even “never” (stop sign) or “not” green (snowscape with red barn). Green surprises by supplying objects with their own particular shade.
As a father and daughter ski through a snow-blanketed woodland observing squirrels, foxes, and hares, cutaway views give readers a window into a fascinating hidden animal kingdom under the snow that scientists call the subnivean zone. There the mice, chipmunks, and bumblebees sleep.
A host of children celebrate the beauty of stars both as far-off wonders and as earthly tokens of hope and companionship in their daily lives. Simple vignettes alternate with panoramas, amplifying and echoing the poetic text.
A young boy learns about the past through the topiary his grandfather planted and lovingly shaped over a lifetime. Brush and ink outlines create the human figures while watercolor, oil paint, and digital paint contour the foliage in this multi-layered tale.
A winter moon and a snowy hill form the serene backdrop for this almost wordless tale of a bear who co-opts a child’s sled and takes his animal friends on a wild midnight ride . . . only to have the sled’s owner join them in the end.
Delicately detailed watercolors on luxuriously thick cream-colored paper reveal a brave little mouse’s encounter with a fearsome feline in this retelling of Aesop’s famous fable. Generous use of white space lets readers focus on and delight in the world as this tiny hero sees it.
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 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.
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.