Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”
Past winners make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers. In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.
|Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day
Cynthia Rylant, author; Sucie Stevenson, illustrator
Summary: “Annie is going on a day trip with her Dad and her pet bunny, Snowball. With Snowball’s help they pick a road on the map and away they go! Where are they going? It’s a surprise, even for Dad!” – front flap
|Penny and Her Song
Kevin Henkes, author and illustrator
Summary: “When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song…” – front flap
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