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 to the present. Visit the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award website 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 winner.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

Geoffrey Hayes
J-GN Benny And Penny v. 2

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

Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile
J-FC 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 winner.

Charlie & Mouse

Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes
J-ER Sny

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, and 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 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 his little size into a big win for the Robins. 2016 winner.

Fox at Night

Corey R. Tabor
J-ER Tab

The night is full of monsters, or so thinks Fox. While camping at night, Fox patrols outside to see if the things he sees, hears, and smells are monsters after all. 2022 winner.

Fox Has a Problem

Corey R. Tabor
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Tab)
Series: Fox Books

There's a problem, but Fox has a solution! Only, it creates a new problem. But Fox has a solution for that, too! So begins Fox's attempts to find solutions that end up causing more problems for the other animals. It seems like they have a Fox problem! 2024 winner.

Fox the Tiger

Corey R. Tabor
J-ER Tab

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 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 winner.

I Did It!

Michael Emberley
J-ER Emb

It's hard to do things like catching a ball or climbing a tree. Is it hard to ride a bike? Do you think you can do it? Early readers will learn the difference between "Can I?" and "I can!" in this charming story with cute creatures. 2023 winner.

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

David LaRochelle
J-ER Lar

Max the Dog is simply trying to take a nap. This book instructs its readers to "see the cat." See Max argue with this book that he is not a cat! This clever early reader presents a hilarious dispute between the book's narrator and its main character. 2021 winner. 

Stop! Bot!

James Yang
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.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters

Josh Schneider
J-ER Sch

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son—who's a very picky eater—to eat foods he thinks he will not like. 2012 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. In There Is a Bird On Your Head!, Gerald discovers that there's something worse than a bird on your head—two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend? 2008 winner.

Up, Tall and High!

Ethan Long
Ej Lon

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

The Watermelon Seed

Greg Pizzoli
Ej Piz

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

We Are Growing!

Laurie Keller
J-ER Wil
Series: Elephant and Piggie like reading!

Walt isn't 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 winner.

You Are (Not) Small

Anna Kang, Christopher Weyant
Ej Kan

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