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:Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken

David Ezra Stein

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? Energetically illustrated with glowing colors —and offering humorous story-within-a-story views —this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of ) spirited little chicks.

Book:Me and Momma and Big John

Me and Momma and Big John

Mara Rockliff, William Low

Momma is a stonecutter at the cathedral called Big John—and little John and his sisters can’t wait to see her special stone—in this luminous true-life story.

“Building a cathedral isn’t a job, it’s an art.”

Momma comes home from work, tired and sore from a long day at her job. She used to work on the factory line, but now an early bus takes her across the bridge into New York City. Momma is a stonecutter now, helping to build the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. She works all day on just one stone, and little John and his two sisters wonder how she does it. Finally, Momma’s stone is finished, and little John can’t wait to see it. But when he arrives at the cathedral, he’s confused. Where is Momma’s name? How will all the people know this is Momma’s art? This touching story from a child’s perspective, based on real events, lovingly shows the grace and dignity of having pride in one’s work—and in one’s Momma. Gorgeously illustrated with the illuminated artwork of William Low, the transcendent beauty of Saint John’s Cathedral radiates with warmth and light.

Book:Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow

Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.

But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.

Over and Under the Snow takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.

Book:Big Red Lollipop

Big Red Lollipop

Rukhsana Khan, Sophie Blackall

Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just don’t bring your younger sister to your friend’s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina’s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What’s a fed-up big sister to do?

Rukhsana Khan’s clever story and Sophie Blackall’s irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.

Book:The Longest Night

The Longest Night

Marion Dane Bauer, Ted Lewin

It is the longest night of the year, and the snow lies deep. All through the forest, animals long for dawn’s warmth. Strong and clever creatures boast that only they can bring back the sun. But the wind knows better. The wind calls Chickadee, whose simple song wakes the sun.

In this lyrical story from Marion Dane Bauer with breathtaking watercolors by Ted Lewin, it will take a tiny and gentle creature to summon a new day.

Book:A Leaf Can Be

A Leaf Can Be

Laura Purdie Salas, Violeta Dabija

Find out about the many roles leaves play in this poetic exploration of leaves throughout the year.

A leaf can be a…
Shade spiller
Mouth filler
Tree topper
Rain stopper
Book:These Hands

These Hands

Margaret H. Mason, Floyd Cooper

Joseph’s grandpa could do almost anything with his hands. He could play the piano, throw a curveball, and tie a triple bowline knot in three seconds flat. But in the 1950s and 60s, he could not bake bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Factory bosses said white people would not want to eat bread touched by the hands of the African Americans who worked there.

In this powerful intergenerational story, Joseph learns that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands—Joseph’s hands—could do anything at all in this whole wide world.

Book:Bella & Bean

Bella & Bean

Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Aileen Leijten

Bella wants to write poems.
Bean wants to go for a walk.
Bella wants to write poems.
Bean wants Bella to look at her cute toes.

Could these two best friends be more different? But as Bean’s attempt to coax Bella away from her notepad become ever more over the top, Bella finds her poetry taking unexpected twists.

You might be a Bella or you could be a Bean—either way, this sweet, clever tale will remind you there is perfect poetry to mismatched friends.

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