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2009 Best Picture Books

The following list contains many of the award winning  books of 2009. We have also provided some of our farovite selections as well.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

For the most distinguished American picture book for children
 
 
Pinkney, Jerry
The Lion and the Mouse
E
PINKN
 
Honor Books
 
Scanlon, Liz Garton
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
All the World
E
SCANL
 
Sidman, Joyce
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Red Sings from Treetops:
A Year in Colors
E811.54
Si13r
 
 
 
 

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children
 
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
 
Bad News for Outlaws:
The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves,
Deputy U.S. Marshall
 
JB R2598n 2009
 
 

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children
 
 
Hughes, Langston
Illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.
My People
E811.52
H874m
 
Honor Book
 
Hughes, Langston
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
E811.52
H874ns
 
 
 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

For a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
 
Honor Book
 
Brun-Cosme, Nadine
Translated by Claudia Bedrick
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Big Wolf & Little Wolf
E
BRUN-C
 
 

Pura Belpré (Illustration) Award

Honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate Latino cultural experience
 
Mora, Pat
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/
Book Day; Celebremos El Dia de los Niños
JB
R524b
 
Honor Book
 
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
Illustrated by David Diaz
Diego: Bigger Than Life
JB
R524b
 
Johnston, Tony
illustrated by Yuyi Morales
My Abuelita
E
JOHNS
 
Mora, Pat
Illustrated by John Parra
Gracias Thanks
SPANISH E
MORA
 
 

Schneider Family Book Award

For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience (for ages 0-10)
 
Christensen, Bonnie
Django
EBR2757c
 
 

Robert F. Siebert Medal

For the most distinguished informational book
 
Honor Books
 
Barton, Chris
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
 
J535
B285d
Floca, Brian
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
E629.454
F651m
 
 

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

For the most distinguished beginning reader book
 
Hayes, Geoffrey
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!
E741.5
BENNY
 
 
Honor Books
 
Arnold, Tedd
I Spy Fly Guy!
EASY READER
ARNOL
 
Smith, Jeff
Little Mouse Gets Ready
E741.5
LITTL
 
Yee, Wong Herbert
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends
on order
 
McMullan, Kate
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day
EASY READER
MCMUL
 
 

 

Picture Books For Younger Children

 
 
Adler, Victoria
All of Baby Nose to Toes
E ADLER
 
Alexander, Martha
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture
E ALEXA
 
Aylesworth, Jim
The Mitten
E AYLES
 
Baker, Keith
Just How Long Can a Long String Be?
E BAKER
 
Bang, Molly
All of Me: a Book of Thanks
E BANG
 
Bedford, David
Mole’s in Love
E BEDFO
 
Bell, Cece
Itty Bitty
E BELL
 
Berger, Carin
OK Go
E BERGE
 
Berry, Lynne
Duck Tents
E BERRY
 
Black, Michael Ian
Chicken Cheeks (the Beginning of the Ends)
E BLACK
 
Bluemle, Elizabeth
How Do You Wokka-Wokka?
E BLUEM
 
Bogart, Jo Ellen
Big and Small, Room for All
E BOGAR
 
Boutignon, Béatrice
Not All Animals are Blue
E BOUTI
 
Braun, Sebastien
 
On Our Way Home
E BRAUN
 
Brenner, Tom
And Then Comes Halloween
E BRENN
 
Burleigh, Robert
Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep!
E BURLE
 
Burningham, John
It’s a Secret!
E BURNI
 
Chaconas, Dor
Mousie Love
E CHACO
 
Cooper, Helen
Dog Biscuit
E COOPE
 
Cruise, Robin
Bartleby Speaks!
E CRUIS
 
Crum, Shutta
Thunder-Boomer!
E CRUM
 
Cutbill, Andy
The Cow That Laid an Egg
E CUTBI
 
Cutbill, Andy
The Cow That Was the Best Moo-ther
E CUTBI
 
Cuyler, Margery
The Little Dump Truck
E CUYLE
 
Davis, Nancy
A Garden of Opposites
E DAVIS
 
Demas, Corinne
Always in Trouble
E DEMAS
 
Dewdney, Anna
Llama Llama Misses Mama
E DEWDN
 
Docherty, Thomas
Little Boat
E DOCHE
 
Dodd, Emma
Best Bear
E DODD
 
Dodd, Emma
I Don’t Want a Posh Dog!
E DODD
 
Dunbar, Polly
Where’s Tumpty?
(A Tilly and Friends book)
E DUNBA
 
Ehlert, Lois
Boo to You!
E EHLER
 
Elya, Susan Middleton
Adiós, Tricycle
E ELYA
 
Emberley, Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Chicken Little
E EMBER
 
Emberley, Rebecca, Emberley, Adrian & Ed Emberley
 
There Was An Old Monster!
E EMBER
 
Ericsson, Jennifer
Whoo Goes There?
E ERICS
 
Feldman, Eve B.
Billy and Milly, Short and Silly
E FELDM
 
Ford, Bernette
No More Blanket for Lambkin!
E FORD
 
Fox, Mem
Hello Baby!
E FOX
 
Gal, Susan
Night Lights
E GAL
 
Gall, Chris
Dinotrux
E GALL
 
Gay, Marie-Louise
When Stella Was Very, Very Small
E GAY
 
Gorbachev, Valeri
The Missing Chick
E GORBA
 
Hamilton, Kersten
Police Officers on Patrol
E HAMIL
 
Harris, Trudy
The Clock Struck One
E HARRI
 
Heide, Florence Parry
Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated
 
E HEIDE
 
Heiligman, Deborah
Cool Dog, School Dog
E HEILI
 
Henkes, Kevin
Birds
E HENKE
 
Hest, Amy
Little Chick
E HEST
 
Hest, Amy
When You Meet a Bear on Broadway
E HEST
 
Hill, Susanna Leonard
Not Yet, Rose
E HILL
 
Hoberman, Mary Ann
All Kinds of Families
E HOBER
 
Hopgood, Tim
Wow! Said the Owl
E HOPGO
 
Houblon, Marie
A World of Colors: Seeing Colors in a New Way
 
E HOUBL
 
Hubbell, Patricia
Boats!: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!
E HUBBE
 
Hughes, Shirley
Olly and Me 1-2-3
E HUGHE
 
Hughes, Ted
My Brother Bert
E HUGHE
 
Ives, Penny
Celestine, Drama Queen
E IVES
 
Jarka, Jeff
Love That Puppy
E JARKA
 
Javernick, Ellen
The Birthday Pet
E JAVER
 
Jeffers, Oliver
How To Catch A Star
E JEFFE
 
Joosse, Barbara
Roawr!
E JOOSS
 
Jordan, Sandra
Mr. & Mrs. Portly & Their Little Dog, Snack
E JORDA
 
Kasza, Keiko
Ready for Anything
E KASZA
 
Kellogg, Steven
The Pied Piper's Magic
E KELLO
 
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
My Penguin Osbert in Love
E KIMME
 
Kimmel, Eric A.
Three Little Tamales
E KIMME
Kleven, Elisa
A Carousel Tale
E KLEVE
 
Landa, Norbert
Sorry!
E LANDA
 
Larsen, Andrew
The Imaginary Garden
E LARSE
 
Lear, Edward
Edward Lear’s The Duck & the Kangaroo
E LEAR
 
Lloyd-Jones, Sally
How to Get Married by Me, the Bride
E LLOYD
 
Lobel, Arnold
The Frogs and Toads All Sang
E LOBEL
 
Long, Loren
Otis
E LONG
 
Low, William
Machines Go to Work
E LOW
 
McCarty, Peter
Jeremy Draws a Monster
E MCCAR
 
McDonnell, Christine
Dog Wants to Play
E MCDON
 
McDonnell, Patrick
Wag!
E MCDON
 
McGhee, Alison
Only a Witch Can Fly
E MCGHE
 
Meschenmoser, Sebastian
Waiting for Winter
E MESCH
 
Milton, Giles
Call Me Gorgeous
E MILTO
 
Minor, Wendell
If You Were a Penguin
E MINOR
 
Morris, Richard
Bye-Bye Baby!
E MORRI
 
Na, Il Sung
A Book of Sleep
E NA
 
Newbery, Linda
Posy
E NEWBE
 
Numeroff, Laura
What Brothers Do Best / What Sisters Do Best
 
E NUMER
 
Oppel, Kenneth
The King’s Taster
E OPPEL
 
Parenteau, Shirley
Bears on Chairs
E PAREN
 
Parish, Herman
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School
E PARIS
 
Patricelli, Leslie
Higher! Higher!
E PATRI
 
Portis, Antoinette
A Penguin Story
E PORTI
 
Radzinski, Kandy
Where to Sleep?
E RADZI
 
Reid, Rob
Comin’ Down to Storytime
E REID
 
Rodman, Mary Ann
Surprise Soup
E RODMA
 
Rosenthal, Amy
Little Oink
E ROSEN
 
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
Duck! Rabbit!
E ROSEN
 
Rotner, Shelley
Shades of People
E ROTNE
 
Russell, Natalie
Moon Rabbit
E RUSSE
 
Sakai, Komako
The Snow Day
E SAKAI
 
Sayre, April Pulley
Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family
 
E SAYRE
Schertle, Alice
Little Blue Truck
E SCHER
 
Schwartz, Joanne F.
Our Corner Grocery Store
E SCHWA
 
Shapiro, Zachary
We’re All In the Same Boat
E SHAPI
 
Shields, Carol Diggory
Wombat Walkabout
E SHIEL
 
Shields, Gillian
When the World is Ready for Bed
E SHIEL
 
Siminovich, Lorena
Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind
E SIMIN
 
Singer, Marilyn
I’m Your Bus
E SINGE
 
Smith, Danna
Two at the Zoo
E SMITH
 
Spinelli, Eileen
Silly Tilly
E SPINE
 
Spinelli, Eileen
When Papa Comes Home Tonight
E SPINE
 
Staines, Bill
All God’s Critters
E STAIN
 
Stein, David Ezra
Pouch!
 
E STEIN
Taback, Simms
City Animals
E TABAC
 
Tafuri, Nancy
The Big Storm: a Very Soggy Counting Book
E TAFUR
 
Thomas, Jan
Rhyming Dust Bunnies
E THOMA
 
Thompson, Lauren
How Many Cats?
E THOMP
 
Tseng, Kevin
Ned’s New Home
E TSENG
 
Urdahl, Catherine
Emma’s Question
E URDAH
 
Van Lieshout, Maria
Peep!: a Little Book About Taking a Leap
E VAN LI
 
VanHecke, Susan
An Apple Pie for Dinner
E VANHE
 
Vetter, Jennifer
Down by the Station
E VETTE
 
Ward, Jennifer
The Busy Tree
E WARD
 
Weeks, Sarah
Woof: a Love Story
E WEEKS
 
Weinstein, Ellen
Everywhere the Cow Says Moo
E WEINS
 
Whitman, Candace
Lines that Wiggle
E WHITM
 
Wild, Margaret
Puffling
E WILD
 
Willems, Mo
Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
EASY READER WILLE
 
Yoon, Salina
Super Babies on the Move
E YOON
 
Ziefert, Harriet
Big, Bigger, Biggest Book
E ZIEFE
 
 
 

 

Picture Books For Older Children

 
Blumenthal, Deborah
Black Diamond & Blake
E BLUME
 
Cali, Davide
The Enemy: a Book About Peace
E CALI
 
Davies, Jacqueline
Tricking the Tallyman
E DAVIE
 
Dickens, Charles
A Christmas Carol
J DICKE
Doyen, Denise
Once Upon a Twice
E DOYEN
 
Elliott, David
Finn Throws a Fit!
E ELLIO
 
Fern, Tracey E.
Pippo the Fool
E FERN
 
Foley, Greg
Willoughby & the Lion
E FOLEY
 
Fox, Mem
The Goblin and the Empty Chair
E FOX
 
Franco, Betsy
Pond Circle
E FRANC
 
Fucile, Tony
Let’s Do Nothing!
E FUCIL
 
Gaiman, Neil
Crazy Hair
E GAIMA
 
Gerstein, Mordecai
A Book
E GERST
 
Gourley, Robbin
Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: a Story About Edna Lewis
E GOURL
 
 
Gravett, Emily
Spells
E GRAVE
 
Griffiths, Andy
The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow
EASY READER GRIFF
 
Huget, Jennifer LaRue
Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!
E HUGET
 
Lechner, Jack
Mary Had A Little Lamp
E LECHN
 
Lewis, J. Patrick
First Dog
E LEWIS
 
Lowry, Lois
Crow Call
J LOWRY
 
Mahy, Margaret
Bubble Trouble
E MAHY
 
Marceau, Fani
Panorama: a Foldout Book
E MARCE
 
McElligott, Matthew
The Lion’s Share
E MCELL
 
McNelly McCormack, Caren
The Fiesta Dress: a Quinceañera Tale
E MCNEL
 
Myers, Walter Dean
Looking Like Me
E MYERS
 
Norman, Geoffry
Stars Above Us
E NORMA
 
Palatini, Margie
Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes
E PALAT
 
Paul, Chris
Long Shot
E PAUL
 
Pennypacker, Sara
Sparrow Girl
E PENNY
 
Phillipps, J. C.
Wink: the Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed
E PHILL
 
 
Polacco, Patricia
In Our Mothers’ House
E POLAC
 
Polacco, Patricia
January’s Sparrow
J POLAC
 
Rubbino, Salvatore
A Walk in New York
on order
 
Rylant, Cynthia
All In a Day
E RYLAN
 
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
A Perfect Season for Dreaming : Un tiempo perfecto para soñar
 
SPANISH E SAENZ
Salley, Coleen
Epossumondas Plays Possum
E SALLE
 
Scieszka, Jon
Robot Zot!
E SCIES
 
Shannon, David
Too Many Toys
E SHANN
 
Sharpe, Leah Marinsky
The Goat-Faced Girl: A Classic Italian Folktale
 
E SHARP
 
Shaw, Hannah
Sneaky Weasel
E SHAW
 
Shelby, Anne
The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree
E SHELB KY
 
Slate, Joseph
I Want to Be Free
E SLATE
 
Warburton, Mr.
 
1000 Times No
E WARBU
 
Warhola, James
Uncle Andy’s Cats
E WARHO
 
Watt, Mélanie
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
E WATT
 
Weeks, Sarah
Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth!
E WEEKS
 
Williams, Vera B.
A Chair for Always
E WILLI
 
Winter, Jonah
The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan
E WINTE
 
Young, Ed
Hook
E YOUNG
 
 

 

Non-Fiction For Younger Children

 
Aylesworth, Jim
 
 
Our Abe Lincoln
EB
L638ay
Bang, Molly
 
Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life
E 572.46
B224l
 
Bliss, Harry
Luke on the Loose: a Toon Book
E 741.5
LUKE
 
Brown, Craig
Mule Train Mail
E383.143
B812m
 
Brown, Don
Teedie: the Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt
EB
R6779br
 
Chin, Jason
Redwoods
E 585.5
C441r
 
Cook, Michelle
Our Children Can Soar: a Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change
E 920.009296
C772o
 
Corey, Shana
Mermaid Queen
EB
K286c
 
Cousins, Lucy
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
E 398.209
C836y
 
Fielding, Beth
Animal Colors: a Rainbow of Colors from Animals Around the World
E591.475
F464a
 
Franco, Betsy
Zero is the Leaves on the Tree
E513
F848z
 
Hopkins, Lee Bennett
City I Love
E 811.54
H775c
 
Kerley, Barbara
One World, One Day
E 305.23
K457o
 
Kirby, Pamela F.
What Bluebirds Do
E 598.842
K631w
 
Kramer, Jennifer E.
Ocean Hide and Seek
E 591.77
K86o
 
Markle, Sandra
How Many Baby Pandas?
E 599.789
M341h
 
Pfeffer, Wendy
Life in a Coral Reef
E 591.789
P475l
 
Rissman, Rebecca
Shapes in Sports
E 516.15
R497s
 
Ritchie, Scot
Follow that map!: a First Look at Mapping Skills
E 912
R51f
 
Ruddell, Deborah
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: a Forest of Poems
E 811.54
R831w
 
Schertle, Alice
Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes
E 811.54
Sch28b
 
Scheunemann, Pam
Cows Moo
E636.2
Sch29c
 
Scieszka, Jon
Truckery Rhymes
E811.54
Sci27t
 
Shange, Ntozake
Coretta Scott
EB
K5804s
 
Sill, Cathryn
About Penguins: a Guide for Children
E 598.47
Si35a
 
Singer, Marilyn
I’m Getting a Checkup
E618.92
Si64i
 
Stewart, Melissa
Under the Snow
E 591.43
St49u
 
Wahman, Wendy
Don’t Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs
E 636.7
W127d
 

  


 

Non-Fiction For Older Children

 
 
Every Human Has Rights: a Photographic Declaration for Kids
 
J 341.48
Ev27
Agee, Jon
Orangutan Tongs: Poems To Tangle Your Tongue
 
J 818.5402
Ag32o
Arnosky, Jim
Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles
 
J 597.9
Ar66s
 
Bayrock, Fiona
Bubble Homes and Fish Farts
 
J 590
B345b
 
Bishop, Nic
Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths
 
J 595.789
B541b
 
Bishop, Nic
Nic Bishop Marsupials
 
J 599.2
B541m
 
Clayton, Sally Pomme
Persephone
 
J 292.13
C579p
 
Deedy, Carmen Agra
14 Cows for America
 
E 327
D36f
 
Floca, Brian
Moonshot: the Flight of Apollo 11
 
E 629.454
F651m
 
Florian, Douglas
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings
J 811.54
F663d
 
Guiberson, Brenda Z.
Life in the Boreal Forest
 
J 577.37
G94l
 
Hendrix, John
John Brown: His Fight For Freedom
 
JB
B813h
 
Hopkinson, Deborah
Home On the Range: John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs
 
EB
L8375h
Janeczko, Paul B.
A Foot In the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout
 
J 811.54
F739j
Jenkins, Steve
Never Smile At a Monkey: and 17 Other Important Things To Remember
 
E 591.65
J418n
Kajikawa, Kimiko
Tsunami!
 
J 398.20952
J271kat
 
Krull, Kathleen
The Boy Who Invented TV: the Story of Philo Farnsworth
 
JB
F2375k
Lasky, Kathryn
One Beetle Too Many: the Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin
 
JB
D259l
Lewis, J. Patrick
Spot the Plot: a Riddle Book of Book Riddles
 
E811.54
L587sp
Lewis, J. Patrick
The Underwear Salesman
 
J 811.54
L587u
 
Mandela, Nelson and Chris Van Wyk
Long Walk to Freedom
 
EB
M3125a4
 
Marín, Guadalupe Rivera
My Papá Diego and Me: Memories
 
SPANISH JB
R524r
 
McGinty, Alice B.
Darwin
 
JB
D259m
 
Mortenson, Greg & Susan L. Roth
Listen To the Wind: the Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea
 
E371.822
M842l
Moss, Marissa
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee
 
 
EB
G27m
Nelson, Marilyn
Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band In the World
 
J 811.54
N335s
O’Brien, Patrick
You Are the First Kid on Mars
 
E523.43
Ob6y
 
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
 
EB
T777pi
 
Prelutsky, Jack
The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems from Beyond the Solar System
 
J811.54
P915ss
Racska, Bob
Action Figures: Paintings of Fun, Daring, and Adventure
J 704.942
R115a
Rappaport, Doreen
Eleanor, Quiet No More: the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
 
JB
R677ra
Schanzer, Rosalyn
What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World
 
J 508
Sch16w
Schmidt, Amy
Loose Leashes
 
E811.6
Sch5251
 
Schwartz, David
Where Else in the Wild?
 
J 591.472
Sch95we
 
Shange, Ntozake
We Troubled the Waters: Poems
 
J 811.54
Sh18w
 
Shelton, Paula Young
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
 
EB
Sh44a
 
Sturm, James et al
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics
 
J 741.51
St97a
Weitzman, David
Pharaoh’s Boat
 
J 932.01
W439p
 
Werner, Sharon
Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types
 
E411
W495a
 
Winter, Jeanette
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
 
E371.823
W734n
 
Winter, Jonah
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!
JB
K8495w

 

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