Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

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.   The winner(s), recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading, receives a bronze medal.  Honor Book authors and illustrators receive certificates, which are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006.

The award is named for the world-renowned children’s author, Theodor Geisel. "A person’s a person no matter how small," Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped them to read. The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, administers the award.

Fox at Night (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062977083
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 2nd, 2021

2022 Winner


Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends Cover Image
By Norm Feuti, Norm Feuti (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063021587
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Published: HarperAlley - January 4th, 2022

2022 Honor


I Hop (I Like to Read) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780823448258
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Published: Holiday House - November 30th, 2021

2022 Honor


Nothing Fits a Dinosaur: Ready-to-Read Level 1 Cover Image
By Jonathan Fenske, Jonathan Fenske (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781665900645
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Published: Simon Spotlight - August 31st, 2021

2022 Honor


See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog Cover Image
By David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536204278
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

2021 Winner


The Bear in My Family Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555827
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2020

2021 Honor


Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Niña Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062951106
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Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

2021 Honor


What About Worms!? (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368045735
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 19th, 2020

2021 Honor


Where's Baby? (Baby Animals) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735264984
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Published: Tundra Books - January 7th, 2020

2021 Honor