(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award Winners

The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. This list contains the winners from 2006–present. Please visit the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award home page for more information.

Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Mo Willems
J-ER Wil

Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do. 2009 Medal Winner.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

Geoffrey Hayes
J Hayes

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared. 2010 Medal Winner.

Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile
J Dicamil

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. 2011 Medal Winner.

Charlie & Mouse

Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes
J-ER Sny

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible book! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. With imagination and humor, Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes paint a lively picture of brotherhood that children will relish in a format perfect for children not quite ready for chapter books. 2018 Medal Winner.

Don’t Throw It to Mo!

David A. Adler, Sam Ricks
J-ER Adl

"Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins." 2016 Medal Winner.

Fox the Tiger

Corey R. Tabor

Tigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best. 2019 Medal Winner.

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

Cynthia Rylant, Suçie Stevenson

When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure. 2006 Medal Winner.

Stop! Bot!

James Yang
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yan)

When a little boy stops to show a building doorman his new "bot," it floats up out of his hands and the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it, with help from the building's residents. 2020 Winner. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters

Josh Schneider
J-ER Sch

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like. 2012 Medal Winner.

There Is a Bird on Your Head

Mo Willems
J-ER Wil

Best-selling picture book creator Mo Willems continues his charming Elephant and Piggie first reader series. The books feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant. Children who sat on their parents' laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own. Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist. These sweet and surprising stories are a much-needed breath of fresh air in the early reader arena. In There Is a Bird On My Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend? 2008 Medal Winner.

Up, Tall and High!

Ethan Long
Juvenile Holiday - Ej Lon

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high. 2013 Medal Winner.

The Watermelon Seed

Greg Pizzoli
Ej Piz

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome. 2014 Medal Winner.

We Are Growing!

Laurie Keller
J-ER Kel

"Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up." 2017 Medal Winner.

You Are (Not) Small

Anna Kang, Christopher Weyant
Ej Kan

"Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!" 2015 Medal Winner.

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Laura McGee Kvasnosky

In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice. 2007 Medal Winner.