Charlotte Zolotow Award

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Charlotte Zolotow Award
Awarded for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year
Country United States
Presented by Cooperative Children's Book Center
First awarded 1998
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The Charlotte Zolotow Award is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States during the preceding year. By contrast, the Caldecott Medal is for outstanding illustration in a picture book. The Zolotow award was established in 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education and named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, an American children's book editor and author. Ms. Zolotow worked with Harper Junior Books for 38 years during which time she wrote more than 70 picture books.[1] Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933-36. The Cooperative Children's Book Center is a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison.


  • Any picture book for young children (birth through age seven) originally written in English, and published the United States between January 1 and December 31 is eligible for consideration.[1]
  • The book may be fiction, nonfiction or folklore, as long as it is presented in picture book form and aimed at the birth through seven age range.[1]
  • Translated books, poetry collections, and easy readers are not eligible.[1]
  • The Committee selects one winner each year.[1]
  • It may also designate up to five honor books and up to ten titles to be included on a highly commended list that will call attention to outstanding writing in a picture book.[1]

The winner is announced in January each year. A bronze medallion is formally presented to the winning author in the spring during an annual public event that honors the career of Charlotte Zolotow.[1]


Year Author Title Citation
2015 Jenny Offill Sparky Winner[2]
2014 Lemony Snicket The Dark Winner[2]
2013 Jacqueline Woodson Each Kindness Winner[2]
2012 Patrick McDonnell Me... Jane Winner[2]
2011 Rukhsana Khan Big Red Lollipop Winner[3]
2011 Bob Graham April and Esme: Tooth Faries Honor[2]
2011 Sandra Markle Hip-Pocket Papa Honor[2]
2011 Phillip C. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee Honor[2]
2011 Mo Willems City Dog, Country Frog Honor[2]
2010 Carmen Tafolla What Can You Do With a Paleta? Winner[3]
2010 Florence Parry Heide Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of A Girl Who Floated) Honor[2]
2010 Kevin Henkes Birds Honor[2]
2010 David Ezra Stein Pouch! Honor[2]
2009 Bob Graham How to Heal a Broken Wing Winner[3]
2009 Jim Averbeck In a Blue Room Honor
2009 Jen Bryant A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Honor
2009 Fran Manushkin How Mama Brought the Spring Honor
2009 James Rumford Silent Music: A Story of Bagdhad Honor
2009 Uri Shulevitz How I Learned Geography Honor
2009 Elizabeth and Ali Alalou The Butter Man Recommended
2009 Mary Amato The Chicken of the Family Recommended
2009 Andy Cutbill The Cow That Laid an Egg Recommended
2009 Greg Foley Don't Worry Bear Recommended
2009 Kevin Henkes Old Bear Recommended
2009 Megan McDonald Hen Hears Gossip Recommended
2009 Charles R. Smith, Jr. Dance with Me Recommended
2009 Gwendolyn Zepeda Growing Up with Tamales Recommended
2008 Greg Foley Thank You, Bear Winner
2007 Peter McCarty Moon Plane Winner
2006 Mary Ann Rodman My Best Friend Winner
2005 Kevin Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon Winner
2004 Amy Schwartz What James Likes Best Winner
2003 Holly Keller Farfallina & Marcel Winner
2002 Margaret Willey Clever Beatrice Winner
2001 Kate Banks The Night Worker Winner
2000 Molly Bang When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry.... Winner
1999 Uri Shulevitz Snow Winner
1998 Vera B. Williams Lucky Song Winner


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Schliesman, Megan. "Charlotte Zolotow Award". The University of Wisconsin Madison. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Charlotte Zolotow Award, List of Winners.
  3. ^ a b c Schliesman, Megan. "Charlotte Zolotow Award Books". Cooperative Children's Book Center. Retrieved 2014-10-13.