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Children's Picture Book (4-7 Years)


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK (4-7 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

The Nodders: What! You Don't Want to Nap?
2022 Gold Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Tina Huggins, illustrated by Brian Schmidt

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-6434-832-0

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A picture book alive with whimsy and enchantment, The Nodders is crafted to charm little ones into napping -Booklife Reviews. Magic shoes whirring and backpack wings flapping, the Nodders peek in to see if one's napping. A treat will be found in the NapPouch made from the book dust jacket.

The Legend of Jet the Gerbil: Could be the Greatest Gerbil Story Ever Told
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Michael Keller, illustrated by Patrizia Donaera

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-63489-418-0

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The true story of an amazing pet gerbil and his human, Michael. One day, while cleaning Jet’s tank, something goes terribly wrong, setting Michael and his dad on a fast-paced adventure to find and rescue Jet.  The Legend of Jet the Gerbil could be the greatest gerbil story ever told!

Now What?
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Brenda Faatz, pictures by Peter Trimarco

Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7333548-2-0

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“A lively, innovative story of friendship that encourages readers to think creatively. Using rhythmic language, Faatz adds an artistic spin to a cheerful friendship tale.”– Kirkus . “A charming picture book whose creative, quirky heroines make the best of a dreary day.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK (4-7 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

A Letter from Tashi: A Snow Leopard Tale
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Carrie Hasler, illustrated by Jan Smith

Publisher: San Diego Zoo Global Press

ISBN: 978-1-943198-10-8

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High in the Himalayas, Tashi the snow leopard delivers the mail. When she finds a stranger’s mailbox that never gets any mail, she writes a kind letter to its owner. Tashi discovers that her kindness comes back to her in an unexpected way, just when she needs it the most.

Jazz Fly 3: The Caribbean Sea
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Matthew Gollub, illustrated by Karen Hanke

Publisher: Tortuga Press

ISBN: 978-1-889910-54-3

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Share the Jazz Fly’s magnifique ocean adventure, brimming with jazz music and fun words in Spanish and French! Kindness and creativity, too. According to Story Monsters Ink, this beautifully illustrated, multi-media showcase is “a picture book that really has it all: motion, color, rhythm, education, imagination, and boundless energy.”

The Tiny Giant
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Barbara Ciletti, illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Publisher: Schiffer Kids

ISBN: 978-0-7643-6029-9

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How do forests grow? Follow the journey of one tiny acorn from seed to tree and celebrate how the power of one can touch so many. As the seasons pass and the weather changes, the tiny acorn steadily supports a thriving ecosystem and eventually grows into a giant oak tree—one day destined to become a magnificent forest.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK (4-7 YEARS) category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Jack & Agyu
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Justine Villanueva, illustrated by Lynnor Bontigao

Publisher: Sawaga River Press

ISBN: 978-0-9968297-1-7

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Jack struggles to see himself represented in the books he loves to read until his mother shares the tales of Agyu, a Filipino-Bukidnon epic hero.

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The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Susan S. Bernardo, illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher

Publisher: Inner Flower Child Books

ISBN: 978-0-9711228-8-8

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This rhyming picture book biography of Théophile Steinlen is a celebration of art, inspiration, and following your heart to create a life that you love.

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What Does It Mean To Be American?
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Rana Diorio and Elad Yoran, illustrated by Nina Mata

Publisher: Sourcebooks

ISBN: 978-1492683803

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An engaging picture book for children that celebrates what it means to be American—regardless of politics!

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