Nominated Books


By Laurie Halse Anderson

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge, but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.


2018-2019 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.6

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

ISBN# 978-1416961468 (HB)

What Do You Do With a Problem?

By Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Mae Besom

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.2

Published by Copendium, Inc

ISBN# 978-1943200009 (HB)

We’re All Wonders

By R.J. Palacio

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 1.5

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1524766498 (HB)

Litte Ree

By Ree Drummond, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Little Ree trades in her city days for a country way of life when she moves with her family to her grandparents’ ranch. She’s excited to ride horses, swim in the pond, and help Grandma cook for everyone. But on her first day, she finds that living on a ranch can be tough.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.4

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062453181 (HB)


By John Patrick Green, Illustrated by John Patrick Green, with color by Cat Caro

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.8

Published by First Second

ISBN# 978-1626722002 (HB)

Before She Was Harriet

By Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James E.Ransome

We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Holiday House

ISBN# 978-0823420476 (HB)

Be a Friend

By Salina Yoon

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree . . . But being a mime can be lonely. It isn’t until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship—and how special he truly is! At its core, this book is a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt ‘different.’


2018-2019 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 1.9

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

ISBN# 978-1619639515 (HB)

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By Julie Fogliano, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano’s skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad’s charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN# 978-1596438521 (HB)