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BOOKLIST - PRIMARY (Grades K - 2)
 

The first Primary Award was given in 1976. Primary books were not included in the voting in 1977, 1979 and 1981. Beginning in 1987, the illustrator of the winning book was given full recognition along with the author.


 

2013

WINNER

 

 

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book!
by Mo Willems. 
Hyperion Books for Children, 2010.

NOMINEES
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker A Bedtime for Bear
by Bonny Becker.  Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.
Candlewick Press, 2010.
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies Bats at the Library
by Brian Lies.
Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian Memoirs of a Goldfish
by Devin Scillian.   Illustrated by Tim Bowers. 
Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.
The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio ; illustrated by Tricia Tusa The Sandwich Swap
by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Tricia Tusa. 
Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010.

 

 

2012

WINNER

 

 



I Need My Monster
by Amanda Noll.  Illustrated by Howard McWilliam.  
Flashlight
Press, 2009.

NOMINEES
On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole On Meadowview Street
by Henry Cole.  
Greenwillow Books, 2007.
Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile Let’s Do Nothing  
by Tony Fucile.  
Candlewick Press, 2009.
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett The Odd Egg
by Emily Gravett.  
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Heide Princess Hyacinth:  The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated   
by Florence Heide.  Illustrated by Lane Smith.
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009.

 

 

2011

WINNER

 

 

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illustrated by Michael Austin. Peachtree Publications, 2008.

NOMINEES
A Visitor for Bear A Visitor for Bear
by by Bonnie Becker. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald. 
Candlewick Press, 2008.
Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed Pete & Pickles
by Berkeley Breathed. Philomel, 2008
Duck by Randy Cecil Duck
by Randy Cecil. 
Candlewick Press, 2008.
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie
by Judy Sierra. 
Illustrated by Edward Koren. Knopf, 2006.

 


2010

WINNER

 

 

Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Millie Waits for the Mail
by Alexander Steffensmeier
Walker, 2007
.
NOMINEES
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman A Frog Thing
by Eric Drachman
Kidwick, 2006.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners
by Laurie Keller
Holt, 2007
My Life as a Chicken by Ellen Kelley My Life as a Chicken
by Ellen Kelley
Illustrated by Michael Slack
Harcourt, 2007
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
by Alan Madison
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Schwartz & Wade, 2007.

 




2009

WINNER

 

 

Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey

Stanley’s Wild Ride by Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.  Kids Can Press, 2006.
NOMINEES
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend.  Illustrated by John Manders.  Candlewick Press, 2007.
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies.  Illustrated by Brian Lies.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look.  Illustrated by Yumi Heo.  Anne Schwartz/Atheneum, 2006.
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson.  Illustrated by Suzanne Watts.  Margaret K. McElderry Books/ Simon & Schuster, 2004.

 

 

2008

WINNER

 

 

Superdog

Dex: The Heart of a Hero
(originally published as Superdog: The Heart of a Hero)
by Caralyn Buehner.
Illustrated by Mark Buehner.
(Harper Collins Publishers, 2004)
NOMINEES
The Giant Hug The Giant Hug
by Sandra Horning.
Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)
I Wanna Iguana I Wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff.
Illustrated by David Catrow
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2004)
Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies
by Carolyn Crimi
(Candlewick Press, 2005)
Traction Man is Here Traction Man is Here!
by
Mini Grey.
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)

 

 

2007

WINNER

 

 




My Lucky Day
by Keiko Kasza
(G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003)
NOMINEES
The Best Pet of All
by David LaRochelle.
Illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
(Dutton Children's Books, 2004)
Stanley's Party
by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
(Kids Can Press, 2003)
Three Pebbles and a Song
by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by S. D. Schindler
(Dial Books For Young Readers, 2003)
Wild About Books
by Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Marc Brown
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)

 

 

2006 WINNER
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook
by Michael Garland
(Duttons Children's Books, 2003)

NOMINEES
How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long
Illustrated by David Shannon
(Harcourt, 2003)
The Perfect Pet
by Margie Palatini
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
(HarperCollins, 2003)
Ruby in Her Own Time
by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
(Scholastic Press, 2004)
The Teddy Bear
by David McPhail
(Henry Holt and Company, 2002)

 

 

2005 WINNER
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
by Candace Fleming
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
(Atheneum, 2002)
NOMINEES
Blabber Mouse
by True Kelley
(Dutton Books, 2001)
Daisy Comes Home
by Jan Brett
(Putnam, 2002)
Duck on a Bike
by David Shannon
(Scholastic, 2002)
"Let's Get a Pup!" said Kate
by Bob Graham
(Candlewick Press, 2001)

 

 

2004 WINNER A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. Illustrated by Harry Bliss (HarperCollins, 2001)
NOMINEES Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss. Illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2001)
Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop Illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Henry Holt, 2000)
Mice and Beans by Pam Munoz Ryan Illustrated by Joe Cepeda (Scholastic, 2001)
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001)

 

2003 WINNER I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (Candlewick, 2000)
NOMINEES Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster, 2000)
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas (Dutton, 2000)
The Soccer Mom from Outer Space by Barney Saltzberg (Crown, 2000)
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin (Charlesbridge, 1999)

 

2002 WINNER Hooway for Wodney Wat! by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn M. Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
NOMINEES Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens (Crummel Harcourt, 1999)
Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores by James Howe. Illustrated by Amy Walrod (Atheneum, 1999)
Mr. Tanen's Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Albert Whitman, 1999)
Wolf! by Becky Bloom. Illustrated by Pascal Biet (Orchard, 1999)

 

2001 WINNER Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement (HarperCollins, 1998)
NOMINEES A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (Scholastic, 1998)
The Lost and Found by Mark Teague (Scholastic, 1998)
Mailing May by Michael Tunnell. Illustrated by Ted Rand (Greenwillow, 1997)
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen. Illustrated by Elise Primavera (Silver Whistle, 1998)

 

 

2000 WINNER Lost by Paul Brett Johnson and Celeste Lewis (Orchard Books, 1996)
NOMINEES Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova. Illustrated by Robert Roth (Atheneum, 1997)
Meanwhile… by Jules Feiffer (HarperCollins, 1997)
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Putnam, 1996)
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague (Scholastic, 1996)

 

1999 WINNER Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards. Illustrated by Henry Cole (HarperCollins, 1996)
NOMINEES Fanny's Dream by Caralyn Buehner. Illustrated by Mark Buehner (Dial, 1996)
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1996)
Mrs. Morgan's Lawn by Barney Saltzberg (Hyperion, 1993)
Nine for California by Sonia Levitin. Illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith (Orchard, 1996)

 

1998 WINNER Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey (Blue Sky Press, 1994)
NOMINEES Down the Road by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Harcourt Brace, 1995)
Hog-Eye by Susan Meddaugh (Houghton Mifflin, 1995)
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking, 1995)
Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini. Illustrated by Howard Fine (Clarion, 1995)
 

 

1997 WINNER Don't Fidget a Feather! by Erica Silverman. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Macmillan, 1994)
NOMINEES The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 1993)
Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto. Illustrated by Susan Guevara (Putnam, 1995)
The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett Johnson (Orchard, 1993)
Owen by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1993)

 

1996 WINNER Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
NOMINEES Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest by Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs in the Tub by Amy Ehrlich. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg (Dial Books, 1993)
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann (Scholastic, 1993)
The Three-Legged Cat by Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Jonathan Allen (Viking, 1993)
 

 

1995 WINNER Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh (Houghton, 1992)
NOMINEES A Bicycle for Rosaura by Daniel Barbot. Illustrated by Morella Fuenmayor (Kane/Miller, 1991)
Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen (Macmillan, 1991)
The Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold (Dial, 1992)
When Bluebell Sang by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Bradbury Press, 1989)

 

1994 WINNER High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham (Morrow, 1991)
NOMINEES The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra & Sal Barracca. Illustrated by Mark Buehner (Dial, 1990)
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Caroline Binch (Dial, 1991)
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1991)
The Day that Henry Cleaned His Room by Sarah Wilson (Simon & Schuster, 1990)

 

1993 WINNER Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1990 Mulberry Books, 1992)
NOMINEES The Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy. Illustrated by Jonathan Allen (Dial, 1990)
Ollie Forgot by Tedd Arnold (Dial, 1988; Puffin, 1991)
Ruby by Michael Emberley (Little Brown, 1990)
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)

 

1992 WINNER Never Spit on Your Shoes by Denys Cazet (Clarion, 1986; Orchard Books, 1990)
NOMINEES Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 1990)
Tommy at the Grocery Store by Bill Grossman. Illustrated by Victoria Chess (Harpercollins, 1989)
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith (Harpercollins, 1989)
The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza (Putnam, 1990)

 

1991 WINNER Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn M. Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
NOMINEES Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1988)
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe. Illustrated by Ed Young (Harcourt Brace, 1987)
Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco (Philomel Books, 1988)
The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Donald Carrick (Clarion, 1989)

 

1990 WINNER Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf. Illustrated by Ed Young (Lothrop, 1987)
NOMINEES Barn Dance! by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Illustrated by Ted Rand (Henry Holt, 1986)
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert. Illustrated by Anita Lobel (Knopf, 1986)
Piggybook by Anthony Browne (Knopf, 1996)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. Illlustrated by Stephen Gammell (Bradbury, 1985)

 

1989 WINNER What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick. Illustrated by Donald Carrick (Clarion, 1986)
NOMINEES Beware the Dragons By Sarah Wilson (Harper & Row, 1985)
Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack. Illustrated by Rachel Isadora (Dial, 1986)
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman. Illustrated by Allen Say (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)
Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Dial, 1985)

 

1988 WINNER If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Illustrated by Felicia Bond (Harper & Row, 1985; Scholastic, 1988)
NOMINEES Dabble Duck by Anne Leo Ellis. Illustrated by Sue Truesdell (Harper Junior Books, 1987)
Imogene's Antlers by David Small (Crown, 1985; 1986)
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Illustrated by Michael J. Deraney (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988)
The Trek by Ann Jonas (Greenwillow, 1985)

 

1987 WINNER The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Illustrated by Don Wood (Harcourt Brace, 1984)
NOMINEES Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch (Prentice Hall, 1982)
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain by Arnold Lobel (Greenwillow, 1983)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Viking, 1982)
What's Under My Bed? by James Stevenson (Greenwillow, 1983)

 

1986 WINNER Space Case by Edward Marshall. Illustrated by James Marshall (Dial, 1980)
NOMINEES Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle (Dutton, 1982)
Friends by Helme Heine (Atheneum, 1982)
Hot-Air Henry by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham (Morrow, 1981)
Round Trip By Ann Jonas (Greenwillow, 1983; Scholastic, 1984)

 

1985 WINNER Herbie's Troubles by Carol Chapman Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli (Dutton, 1981)
NOMINEES The Blanket That Had to Go by Nancy Evans Cooney. Illustrated by Diane Dawson (Putnam, 1981)
Dr. DeSoto by William Steig (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982)
Good as New by Barbara Douglass. Illustrated by Patience Brewster (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1982)
Round Robin by Jack Kent (Prentice hall, 1982; 1984)

 

1984 WINNER Bagdad Ate It by Phyllis Green. Illustrated by Joel Schick (Watts, 1980)
NOMINEES Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Ray Cruz (Atheneum, 1978; 1980)
No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker (Crowell, 1978)
Oh, Were They Ever Happy! by Peter Spier (Doubleday, 1978)
A Rose for Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg (Dial, 1981)

 

1983 WINNER Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer (Scholastic, 1977)
NOMINEES The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka H. Noble. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg (Dial, 1980)
It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House by Harry Allard. Illustrated by James Marshall (Doubleday, 1977; 1979)
The Worst Person in the World by James Stevenson (Greenwillow, 1978; Penguin, 1980)
The Wuggie Norple Story by Daniel M. Pinkwater. Illustrated by Tomie de Paola (Scholastic, 1980)

 

1982 WINNER Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard. Illustrated by James Marshall (Houghton Mifflin, 1977)
NOMINEES Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judith Barrett. Illustrated by Ron Barrett (Atheneum, 1978)
Cowardly Clyde by Bill Peet (Houghton Mifflin, 1979)
Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham (Morrow, 1979)
Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg (Dial, 1979)

 

1980 WINNER Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet (Houghton Mifflin, 1977)
NOMINEES Little Fox Goes to the End of the World by Ann Tompert. Illustrated by John C. Wallner (Crown, 1976)
Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer (Scholastic, 1977)
Mr. And Mrs. Pig's Evening Out by Mary Rayner (Atheneum, 1976)
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg (Dial, 1976)

 

1978 WINNER Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate. Illustrated by Diane de Groat (Crown, 1975)
NOMINEES Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Ray Cruz (Atheneum, 1972)
George and Martha by James Marshall (Houghton Mifflin, 1972)
The Maggie B by Irene Haas (Atheneum, 1975)
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel (Harper & Row, 1972)

 

1976 WINNER How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet (Houghton Mifflin, 1971; 1983)
NOMINEES Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Ray Cruz (Atheneum, 1972)
Dorrie and the Goblin by Patricia Coombs (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1972)
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel (Harper & Row, 1972)
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber (Houghton Mifflin, 1972)
Leo The Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus. Illustrated by Jose Aruego (Windmill Books, 1971)
The Lorax by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Random House, 1971)
One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer (Golden Press, 1974)
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. Illustrated by Wallace Tripp (Harper & Row, 1972)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Houghton Mifflin, 1983)

 

 

 


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