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IF YOU PLANT A SEED

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Kadir
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2015

 A mouse and a rabbit garden together but several birds want to share in the harvest in this simple fable about cooperation. The lush and exuberant full page paintings of crops and animals are outstanding.

BOATS FOR PAPA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bagley
Author's First Name: 
Jessixa
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2015

 The boats that Buckley sends out to sea for his Papa reach someone else who loves Buckley, too.

IT'S ONLY STANLEY

It's Only Stanley
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Agee
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Stanley the beagle keeps his family awake at night with his noisy tinkering. The cartoon style illustrations and hilarious conclusion makes this silly picture book an experience the whole family will enjoy.

WAIT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Portis
Author's First Name: 
Antoinette
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2015

 A mother and preschooler have different preferred paces while walking to the bus. Readers will find much to explore with the child in rich charcoal, ink, pencil and digitally colored scenes. The tension between “Hurry!” and “Wait!” finally leads to “Yes!”

Spectacular Spots

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stockdale
Author's First Name: 
Susan
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2015
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Crabs and cows look straight out at us in Stockdale's characteristically eye-catching illustrations which celebrate each animal presented, both large (cheetahs) and small (lady-bugs and snails). Her rhyming text adds to the energy of the book and reads easily. Back-matter adds additional details and a fun quiz can test the reader's attention. Credit is given to the scientists consulted. A book to please and inform.

YOU NEST HERE WITH ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yolen
Author's First Name: 
Jane
Second Author's First Name: 
Heidi E. Y.
Second Author's Last Name: 
Stemple
Illustrator's First Name: 
Melissa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Sweet
Publisher: 
Boyds Mills
Publication Date: 
2015

 A child is tucked into bed, hearing about the cozy places birds nest, reassured of her own safe nest. A goodnight book of comforting, rhyming text and illustrations of cuddling birds.

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
De La Peña
Author's First Name: 
Matt
Illustrator's First Name: 
Christian
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Robinson
Publisher: 
Penguin (Putnam)
Publication Date: 
2015

 CJ’s Sunday afternoon—accompanying his grandmother through the city to serve at a soup kitchen—turns to happiness when he sees beauty through his Nana’s eyes.

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Curato
Author's First Name: 
Mike
Publisher: 
Henry Holt
Publication Date: 
2014

A small, polka dotted, cupcake-loving elephant finds an unexpected friend as he tries to navigate a big city. Stunning 1940’s style illustrations beautifully convey the perspective of a small child in this deceptively simple tale.

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jon
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Klassen
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

Two boys and their dog dig with determination to find something amazing and, unexpectedly, something pretty spectacular happens. Digital and colored pencil illustrations provide subtle clues about the outcome of their project.

THE BABY TREE

The Baby Tree
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Blackall
Author's First Name: 
Sophie
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2014
A young boy has good reason to ask, “Where do babies come from?” but is confused by the variety of answers he receives. Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations humorously depict this story for new big brothers and sisters, with age appropriate answers provided in the end.
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