2016-2017 Picture Book Nominees
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate;
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta.
My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth; Illustrated by Barbara McClintock
A tailor's very old overcoat is recycled numerous times over the years into a variety of garments and for other uses.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox; Illustrated by Brian Floca
This is the true story of Elizabeth, an elephant seal who made a home in New Zealand's narrow Avon River and loved to stretch out across a two-lane road, requiring volunteers to tow her farther out to sea after she kept repeatedly returning.
Gaston by KellyDiPucchio; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.
I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum; Illustrated by Gus Gordon
While showing her timid friends the wonders of the woods, brave Nadine the cow discovers that she is not entirely fearless.
A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham; Illustrated by the author
Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday, but delivering it to his friend isn't easy--not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake.
Blizzard by John Rocco; Illustrated by the author
After a massive blizzard, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local store and bring supplies back to his neighborhood which has been snowed in for days. The story is based on the author's childhood experience.
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz; Illustrated by Dan Santat
In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson;
Illustrated by Sean Qualls.
The story of a West African youth who pursued an education, helped support his family, and became a record-setting cyclist in spite of a disability traces his ongoing achievements as an activist.
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M Walker;
Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss.
When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it because he was a veterinarian. But Harry was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company's home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment's much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie--the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie--he could care for this bear too!