My favorite is the Geisel Award. It’s named after Theodore Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) and it’s awarded to the best book for beginning readers.
Right now, I have kids in both kindergarten and first grade – so I am always looking for great books for new and emerging readers. I also love that the Geisel books are often funny and a little silly – as sometimes the Newbery and Caldecott tend to go to more serious, “important” books.
This year’s Geisel winner is Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor. It’s a funny book about a fox who wishes he was a little bigger, and faster, and sneakier. More like a tiger. My kids loved it.
Here are some other Geisel Award winning books that have been hits at our house:
Charlie & Mouse – by Laurel Snyder
Don’t Throw It to Mo! – by David A. Adler
Waiting – by Kevin Henkes
Waiting Is Not Easy!– by Mo Willems
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride – by Kate DiCamillo
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas – by Cynthia Rylant