Honor roll: Golden Kite Picture Book Text Award

Each of these books has been nominated for a Golden Kite Picture Book Text Award. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Doña Flor

Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

Pat Mora, Raúl Colón

Doña Flor is a giant woman who lives in a puebla with lots of families. She loves her neighbors–she lets the children use her flowers for trumpets, and the families use her leftover tortillas for rafts. So when a huge puma is terrifying the village, of course Flor is the one to investigate.

Featuring Spanish words and phrases throughout, as well as a glossary, Pat Mora's story, along with Raúl Colón's glorious artwork, makes this a treat for any reader, tall or small.

Book:Before John Was a Jazz Giant

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane

Carole Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls

Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John’s own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly  rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.

Book:A Visitor for Bear

A Visitor for Bear

Bonny Becker, Kady MacDonald Denton

Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.

Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse—small and gray and bright-eyed. In this slapstick tale that begs to be read aloud, all Bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse—who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places—just won’t go away!

Book:Pierre In Love

Pierre In Love

Sara Pennypacker, Petra Mathers

Poor Pierre wishes he could tell Catherine how he feels about her, but Catherine is a graceful ballet teacher, and Pierre is merely a poor fisherman.

By making a few silly mistakes and a few more brave decisions, Pierre soon learns that being a fisherman may not make him so hard to love after all.

Pennypacker weaves a sweet story about finding the courage to let someone special into your heart, while Mathers’ luscious illustrations draw readers into a colorful world full of hope and bravery.

Book:Jazz

Jazz

Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers

From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. Jazz takes readers on a musical journey from jazzs beginnings to the present day. Time line, glossary.

Book:Apples to Oregon

Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains

Deborah Hopkinson, Nancy Carpenter

Apples, ho!

When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too. But the trail is cruel — first there’s a river to cross that’s wider than Texas… and then there are hailstones as big as plums… and there’s even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries. Those poor pippins! Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy’s eye) is strong — as young ’uns raised on apples are — and won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil.

Here’s a hilarious tall tale — from the team that brought you Fannie in the Kitchen — that’s loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer.

Book:The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy

Amy Timberlake, Adam Rex

This ol’ boy needs a bath!

After he finds a tumbleweed in his chaps and the numerous bugs buzzing around him affect his hearing, the cowboy decides it’s time to head to the river. Once there, he peels off all his clothes and tells his trusty old dog to guard them against strangers. He takes a refreshing bath and emerges clean as corn — but so fresh-smelling that his dog doesn’t recognize him! Negotiations over the return of the clothes prove fruitless. A wrestling match ensues in a tale that grows taller by the sentence, climaxing in a fabric-speckled dust devil.

Amy Timberlake has inserted a Western twang into this tale of filth and friendship, and Adam Rex has found many creative means of bodily concealment in his expressive, comical paintings.

Book:George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien

George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien

Sarah Wilson, Chad Cameron

It’s a shaky landing for George Hogglesberry as he begins his first day of school on a new planet. What if nobody likes him? What if his ears fall off at recess? What if he turns into a tomato during the fall play? He never had to worry about any of these things back on Frollop II. But with the help of his gentle new teacher and understanding classmates, George may find that even a boy from across the galaxy can feel at home on planet earth.

Book:The Shoe Tree of Chagrin

The Shoe Tree of Chagrin: A Christmas Story

J. Patrick Lewis, Chris Sheban

The barn-tall old plainswoman Susannah DeClare braves deep snow and icy weather to fulfill her promise to deliver a load of handmade shoes to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by Christmas.

Book:River Friendly, River Wild

River Friendly, River Wild

Jane Kurtz, Neil Brennan

On TV we watch our city where people navigate the river-streets in any way they can….
“Look.” Max points. “it’s Sarah’s house.”
All I see is roof.

In searing personal poems, Jane Kurtz explores what it’s like to struggle through a flood and pull your life together afterward. Inspired by Kurtz’s own flood experience, this tale is realistic and unforgettable. Not just a moving story of one girl’s courage, River Friendly, River Wild is a tribute to everyone who’s ever faced great loss.

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