Reviewing The Charlotte Zolotow Award-Winners
There are tons of great children's picture books on the market, but there are a select few that get chosen for special recognition. These are the Charlotte Zolotow Award Winners.
Most children's book libraries will have some or most of these books on their shelves. In a quest to look at what makes a book stand out from the many published each year, my goal is to review all of these award-winning books. In the next few months I'll give you my take on their content with an eye toward what made them outstanding. (If you would like to contribute a review of one of these books, please contact me at baldwriter~atsign~alanelliott.com.)
The Charlotte Zolotow Award is a yearly award presented to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year. This award is administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is considered a top award for children’s literature.
The books, listed by year of award are:
2014 Snicket, Lemony. The Dark. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Little, Brown.
2013 Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam.
2012 McDonnell, Patrick. Me … Jane. Little, Brown,
2011 Rukhsana Khan, Big Red Lollipop. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking.
2010 Carmen Tafolla, What Can You Do With a Paleta?, Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Tricycle Press, 2009.
2009 Bob Graham, How to Heal a Broken Wing. Candlewick Press, 2008
2008 Greg Foley, Thank You, Bear. Viking, 2007.
2007 Peter McCarty, Moon Plane. Henry Holt, 2006.
2006 Mary Ann Rodman, My Best Friend. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Viking.
2005 Kevin Henkes, Kitten's First Full Moon. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins.
2004 Amy Schwartz, What James Likes Best. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum.
2003 Holly Keller, Farfallina & Marcel. Greenwillow / HarperCollins.
2002 Margaret Willey, Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte. Illustrated by Heather Solomon. Atheneum.
2001 Kate Banks, The Night Worker. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
2000 Molly Bang, When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry.... Blue Sky/Scholastic.
1999 Uri Shulevitz, Snow. Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
1998 Vera B. Williams, Lucky Song. Greenwillow.