It’s awards season again, and I’ve read next to none of the winners or honorees this year. The only book that won any medal that I have yet found postings for is Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat, one of this year’s Caldecott award honorees, which I gave four stars.
But I always believe in honoring the books that I’ve read and have awarded five stars.
Only the bolded books on this last were eligible for this year’s awards… and there are only five of them, all of them picture books.
Of the books that I rated five stars that were published in 2016, really, only Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet? had any chance at any of the awards–I would have thought that a possible competitor for a Caldecott.
TODDLERS-KIDS (AGES 0-8)
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. First published 1999.
- Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley. 2015.
- Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett. First published 1981.
- The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch. First published 2007.
- My First Busy Book adapted from books by Eric Carle. 2015.
- Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato. 2015.
- Little Elliot, Big Fun by Mike Curato. 2016.
- The Storybook Knight by Helen and Thomas Docherty. 2016.
- I Love You More by Lauren Duksta and illustrated by Karen Kessler. First published 2001.
- Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge. 2016.
- Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer. 2016.
- Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat. 2016.
- The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. 1992.
- Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman. First published 2010.
- Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt. 2015.
- An Elephant and Piggie Book: I Am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems. 2007.
- An Elephant and Piggie Book: I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems. 2013.
- An Elephant and Piggie Book: Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems. 2014.
- What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. 2014.
- The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep and illustrated by Kam Mak. 1999.
MIDDLE GRADE-YOUNG READERS (AGES 8-12)
- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. 2015.
- The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. 2011.
- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. 2015.
TEENS (AGES 13-19)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. 2011.
- The Raven Cycle, Book 2: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. 2013.
ADULTS (AGES 20+)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 1953.