Nominated Books

This is the Day!

By Amy Parker, Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

Every day is a day to celebrate and find hope in this colorful, creative storybook inspired by Psalm 118:24. With joyous rhymes and colorful illustrations of all kinds of children, find the beauty and wonder of every moment of the day—and learn that you can make the world even more glorious, too!


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Little Shepherd

ISBN# 978-1338047035 (HB)

Trouble at School for Marvin & James

By Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time! Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him?


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.4

Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN# 978-1627793186 (HB)

This is How We Do It

By Matt Lamothe

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Chronicle Books

ISBN# 978-1452150185 (HB)

John Ronald’s Dragons

By Caroline McAlister, Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN# 978-1626720923 (HB)

Gone Camping

By Tamera Will Wissinger, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night—camping is fun. Until it’s time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears?


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.0

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0544638730 (HB)

Not So Different

By Shane Burcaw, Illustrated by Matt Carr

Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.


2019-2020 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN# 978-1626727717 (HB)

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition

By Margot Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.


2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 8.2

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062662385 (HB)

Zoe in Wonderland

By Brenda Woods

Zoe Reindeer considers herself ‘just Zoe’ never measuring up to her too-perfect older sister or her smarty-pants little brother. Truthfully, though, she’d rather just blend in with the plants at the family business, Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Plant Wonderland. She does have one friend, Q, and he’s the best one ever, but he’s moving away, leaving Zoe to fend for herself, and she doesn’t know what she’ll do without him. That is until a tall astronomer from Madagascar comes to the nursery looking for a Baobab tree. His visit starts a ball rolling that makes Zoe long for real adventures, not just imaginary ones, and shows her that perhaps her first real adventure is finally beginning.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

ISBN# 978-0399170973 (HB)