Nominated Books

Who Are You Calling Weird?

By Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Paul Daviz

Celebrate the weird, wonderful, and the downright bizarre in this compelling compendium of unusual animals. From the green fur of a three-toed sloth, to the pink and wiggly appendage of the star-nosed mole, there’s something new to marvel at on every page.

Nominated

2020-2021 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Words & Pictures

ISBN# 978-0760363393 (HB)

Courageous: A Novel of Dunkirk

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

Aiden has been afraid of the ocean since his brother’s ship was sunk by the Germans. Then the call comes in: British forces are stranded at Dunkirk, and they need help from civilian boats.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.1

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338226850 (HB)

As Warm as the Sun

By Kate and Jim McMullan

Toby loves basking in the morning sun, snuggling in a lap in the afternoon, and toasting his tummy by the fireside at night, but somehow his warm spots never last. What Toby wants more than anything is to find something as warm as the sun that never fades or fizzles.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Neal Porter Books

ISBN# 978-0823443277 (HB)

Maybe Tomorrow?

By Charlotte Agell, Illustrated by Ana Ramirez

This tender exploration of loss illuminates how kindness, empathy, and friendship can lift our spirits and see us through many tomorrows. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.2

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338214888 (HB)

My Fourth of July

By Jerry Spinelli, Illustrated by Larry Day

A responsible little boy who’s eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there’s a lot of work to do—pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled—and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun . . . the world’s best picnic!

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Neal Porter Books

ISBN# 978-0823442881 (HB)

Seeds and Trees

By Brandon Walden , Illustrated by Kristen and Keven Howdeshell

It’s time to tell a special tale that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so through the journey of two different seeds.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by The Treasured Tree

ISBN# 978-1947165687 (HB)

Squirrel’s Family Tree

By Beth Ferry, Illustrated by A.N. Kang

What makes an oak tree an oak tree and what makes a squirrel a squirrel? In Squirrel’s Family Tree, things aren’t always what they seem. As squirrel searches for, finds, and hides her acorn treasures beneath the shadows of the great oak trees in the forest, little does she know the role she plays in creating the very environment she forages in.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.3

Published by Orchard Book

ISBN# 978-1338187366 (HB)

We are the Gardeners

By Joanna Gaines and Kids, Illustrated by Juliannna Swaney

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Thomas Nelson

ISBN# 978-1400314225 (HB)