Honor roll: National Book Award for Children's Picture Book

Each of these books has been nominated for a National Book Award for Children's Picture Book. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Noah's Ark (Peter Spier)

Noah's Ark

Peter Spier

The bee and the fox, the sheep and the ox—two of each kind trudged aboard Noah’s famous vessel. Peter Spier uses his own translation of a seventeenth-century Dutch poem about this most famous menagerie.

Book:Outside Over There

Outside Over There

Maurice Sendak

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin’s bride.

Book:Doctor De Soto

Doctor De Soto

William Steig

“Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work.” With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain.

Since he’s a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat “dangerous” animals—that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that’s killing him. How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn’t give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Sotos will find a way.

Book:A House Is a House for Me

A House Is a House for Me

Mary Ann Hoberman, Betty Fraser

“A brisk, even headlong rhyme plunges us into a swirling cluster of images…an overwhelming profusion of examples of houses. It is an astonishing book, one of the best of the year”.—The New York Times.

Book:Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

Barbara Cooney

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful—and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

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