Nominated Books

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom

By Suzi Eszterhas, Illustrated by Suzi Eszterhas

Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. When a grass fire separates the serval from his family, a ranger asks Suzi, who is living in a bush camp and is skilled with animals, to be the serval’s foster mom.


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 5.3

Published by Owlkids

ISBN# 978-1771472425 (HB)

A Boy Called Bat

By Elana K. Arnold, Illustrated by Charles Santoso

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Walden Pond Press

ISBN# 978-0062445827 (HB)

Zack and the Turkey Attack

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Illustrated by Vivienne

Zack has a problem. A turkey problem. A TOM turkey to be exact. Every weekend Zack goes to his grandparents’ farm with his father. As soon as he and his dad pull up in the truck, that ol’ Tom turkey’s right there, waiting, ready to peck, peck, peck at Zack’s legs. Now, Zack isn’t usually a scaredy-cat but this is different. The bird is flat out mean, and has clearly got it out for Zack.


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

ISBN# 978-1481437790 (HB)

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library

By Linda Bailey, Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he discovers Aunt Min stuck in a perilous situation! To top it all off, there’s a substitute librarian who aims to close the library for good and get rid of all the books!


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.7

Published by Greenwillow Books

ISBN# 978-0062440938 (HB)

When the Cousins Came

By Katie Yamasaki

Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their “best cousin” Lila!


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823434572 (HB)

Malala’s Magic Pencil

By Malala Yousafzai, Illustrated by Kerascoët

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.6

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0316319577 (HB)

Be Kind

By Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Jen Hill

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.2

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN# 978-1626723214 (HB)

I Can Only Imagine

By Bart Millard, Illustrated by Sumiti Collina

I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book that families will cherish.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Thomas Nelson

ISBN# 978-1400321339 (HB)