Geisel Award

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Geisel Award
Awarded for"the most distinguished American book for beginning readers"
CountryUnited States
Presented byAssociation for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded2006

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is a literary award by the American Library Association (ALA) that annually recognizes the "author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year."[1] The winner(s) receive a bronze medal at the ALA Annual Conference, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) division of ALA.

The award is named for Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, who once said, "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."[2] It was established in 2004 and inaugurated in 2006 for 2005 publications.[2]

A few runners up are termed Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books; their authors and illustrators receive certificates.


  • The book must encourage and support the beginning reader.
  • The book must be published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
  • There are no limitations as to the character of the book considered except that it will be original and function successfully as a book for beginning readers.
  • The author(s) or illustrator(s) must be citizens or residents of the United States.
  • The "author(s) and illustrator(s)" may include co-authors and co-illustrators. The author(s) and illustrator(s) may be awarded the medal posthumously.
  • The text must be directed at readers from pre-K through Grade 2.
  • The illustrations must function as keys or clues to the text.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are all eligible.
  • Reprints and compilations are not eligible.
  • Subject matter must be intriguing enough to motivate the child to read.
  • The book may or may not include short "chapters."
  • New words should be added slowly enough to make learning them a positive experience.
  • Words should be repeated to ensure knowledge retention.
  • Sentences must be simple and straightforward.
  • There must be a minimum of 24 pages.
  • Books may not be longer than 96 pages.



Geisel Award Winners and Honors [4]
Year Author Illustrator Title Citation
2006 Cynthia Rylant Suçie Stevenson Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas Winner
Tedd Arnold Tedd Arnold Hi! Fly Guy Honor
Suzanne Bloom Suzanne Bloom A Splendid Friend, Indeed Honor
Erica Silverman Betsy Lewin Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Honor
Jean Van Leeuwen Ann Schweninger Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day Honor
2007 Laura McGee Kvasnosky Laura McGee Kvasnosky Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways Winner
Kate DiCamillo Chris Van Dusen Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride Honor
Karen Beaumont Jane Dyer Move Over, Rover! Honor
Antoinette Portis Antoinette Portis Not a Box Honor
2008 Mo Willems Mo Willems There is a Bird on Your Head! Winner
Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger First the Egg Honor
Darrin Lunde Patricia J. Wynne Hello, Bumblebee Bat Honor
Lisa Wheeler R. Gregory Christie Jazz Baby Honor
April Pulley Sayre Steve Jenkins Vulture View Honor
2009 Mo Willems Mo Willems Are You Ready to Play Outside? Winner
Judyann Ackerman Grant Sue Truesdell Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!' Honor
Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger One Boy Honor
Eleanor Davis Eleanor Davis Stinky Honor
Sarah C. Campbell Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator Honor
2010 Geoffrey Hayes Geoffrey Hayes Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! Winner
Tedd Arnold Tedd Arnold I Spy Fly Guy! Honor
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Little Mouse Gets Ready Honor
Wong Herbert Yee Wong Herbert Yee Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends Honor
Kate McMullan R. W. Alley Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day Honor
2011 Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Tony Fucile Bink & Gollie Winner
Grace Lin Grace Lin Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Honor
Mo Willems Mo Willems We Are in a Book! Honor
2012 Josh Schneider Josh Schneider Tales for Very Picky Eaters Winner
Mo Willems Mo Willems I Broke My Trunk Honor
Jon Klassen Jon Klassen I Want My Hat Back Honor
Paul Meisel Paul Meisel See Me Run Honor
2013 Ethan Long Ethan Long Up, Tall and High! Winner
Mo Willems Mo Willems Let's Go for a Drive! Honor
Eric Litwin James Dean Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Honor
Cece Bell Cece Bell Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover Honor
2014 Greg Pizzoli Greg Pizzoli The Watermelon Seed Winner
Mary Sullivan Mary Sullivan Ball Honor
Mo Willems Mo Willems A Big Guy Took My Ball! Honor
Kevin Henkes Kevin Henkes Penny and Her Marble Honor
2015 Anna Kang Christopher Weyant You Are (Not) Small Winner
Cynthia Rylant Arthur Howard Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page Honor
Mo Willems Mo Willems Waiting Is Not Easy! Honor
2016 David A. Adler Sam Ricks Don’t Throw It to Mo! Winner
Jonathan Fenske Jonathan Fenske A Pig, a Fox, and a Box Honor
Kevin Henkes Kevin Henkes Waiting Honor
Stephen Savage Stephen Savage Supertruck Honor
2017 Laurie Keller Laurie Keller We Are Growing! Winner
Greg Pizzoli Greg Pizzoli Good Night Owl Honor
Mike Twohy Mike Twohy Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper Honor
David Milgrim David Milgrim Go Otto Go! Honor
Kara LaReau Matt Myers The Infamous Ratsos Honor
2018 Laurel Snyder Emily Hughes Charlie & Mouse Winner
Paul Meisel Paul Meisel I See a Cat Honor
Dori Hillestad Butler Nancy Meyers King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats Honor
Salina Yoon Salina Yoon My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories Honor
Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss Tedd Arnold Noodleheads See the Future Honor
Tina Kügler Tina Kügler Snail & Worm Again Honor
2019 Corey R. Tabor Corey R. Tabor Fox the Tiger Winner
David Milgrim David Milgrim The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap Honor
Dori Hillestad Butler Nancy Meyers King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth Honor
Sergio Ruzzier Sergio Ruzzier Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories Honor
Emily Tetri Emily Tetri Tiger vs. Nightmare Honor
2020 James Yang James Yang Stop! Bot! Winner
Cece Bell Cece Bell Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! Honor
J.E. Morris J.E. Morris Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! Honor
Greg Pizzoli Greg Pizzoli The Book Hog Honor
2021 David LaRochelle Mike Wohnoutka See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog Winner
Maya Tatsukawa Maya Tatsukawa The Bear in My Family Honor
Starling Lyons Nina Mata Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! Honor
Ryan T. Higgins Ryan T. Higgins What About Worms!? Honor
Anne Hunter Anne Hunter Where's Baby? Honor
2022 Corey R. Tabor Corey R. Tabor Fox at Night Winner
Jonathan Fenske Jonathan Fenske Nothing Fits a Dinosaur Honor
Joe Cepeda Joe Cepeda I Hop Honor
Norm Feuti Norm Feuti Beak & Alley: Unlikely Friends Honor
2023 Michael Emberley Michael Emberley I Did It! Winner
Sergio Ruzzier Sergio Ruzzier Fish and Wave Honor
Melissa Iwai Melissa Iwai Gigi and Ojiji Honor
Vikram Madan Vikram Madan Owl and Penguin Honor
Antoinette Portis Antoinette Portis A Seed Grows Honor

Multiple awards[edit]

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  1. ^ "Welcome to the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award home page!". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  2. ^ a b "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  3. ^ "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award terms and criteria". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ "(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award winners and honor books, 2006 - present". ALSC. Retrieved 15 October 2018.