Children's Reading Suggestions

Find your next great read here

Gryphon Awards (Center for Children’s Books)

on April 15, 2014

The Center for Children's BooksThe Gryphon Award of $1,000 is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.

The Gryphon award was conceived as a way to focus attention on an area of literature for youth that, despite being crucial to the successful transition of new readers to independent lifelong readers, does not get the critical recognition it deserves.

The award is sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Printer-friendly version

a

2014: Jon Scieszka. Battle Bunny. Gr. 1-3.

When Alex gets a silly, sappy picture book called Birthday Bunny, he picks up a pencil and turns it into something he’d like to read: Battle Bunny. An adorable rabbit’s journey through the forest becomes a secret mission to unleash an evil plan–a plan that only Alex can stop. Featuring layered, original artwork, this dynamic picture book celebrates kids as storytellers.

A

A

A

2013: Jason Chin. Island: A Story of the Galápagos. Gr. 2-5.

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain? Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island—born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands.
A
A

2012: Julie Sternberg. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. Gr. 2-3. Like pickle juice on a cookie

When nine-year-old Eleanor’s beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.

A

A

A

2011: Mo Willems. We Are in a Book! Gr. K-1.We are in a book!

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

A

A

A

A

2010: James Sturm. Adventures in Cartooning.  Gr. 2-5.Adventures in cartooning: [how to turn your doodles into comics]

Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how – well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic – they just need a little know-how.

A

2009: Nic  Bishop. Frogs. Gr. 2-5.Nic Bishop frogs.

A collection of close-up photographs capturing an array of diverse frogs in their natural habitat, including bullfrogs and dart frogs, as well as general information and fun-filled facts provides readers with a colorful introduction to these amazing animals.

A

A

A

2008: Michael Townsend. Billy Tartle in Say Cheese! Gr. 2-4.Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!

How can Billy Tartle make his class picture super-cool? How about a cool haircut—a Mohawk with big spikes! And it must be bright-bright yellow, no pink, no green—well some kinda cool color! Billy’s mom just wants him to get a regular old haircut, look handsome, and smile nice—sooo bo-ring! Will Billy be able to outwit her and kindly Barber Ken? Of course! A familiar childhood ritual is given a fresh, nutty spin in this tale of how kids want things to be fun and parents want things to be normal. But everybody will smile when Billy Tartle gets into the picture!

A

2007: Matteo Pericoli. The True Story of Stellina. Gr. 2-5.The True Story of Stellina

Stellina was a bird: “CHEEP.” A very little bird: “Cheep! cheep!”So begins critically acclaimed author Matteo Pericoli’s all-true story of how he and his wife, Holly, came to rescue and raise a little finch, Stellina, in the middle of New York City. When no zoo would take the abandoned bird, fallen from her nest onto a busy street, Holly took her home and gave her the best life she could. And there, in a Manhattan apartment, Stellina leaned how to eat, fly, and sing.

A

A

A

2006: Michelle Edwards. Stinky Stern Forever. Gr. 2-4.Stinky Stern forever

Pa Lia and her classmates share memories of StinkyStern, the second-grade bully.

A

A

A

A

A

A

2005: Monika Bang-Campbell. Little Rat Rides. Gr. 2-3.Little Rat rides

Little Rat overcomes her fear and learns to ride a horse, just like her daddy did when he was young.

A

A

A

A

A

2004: Douglas Florian. Bow Wow Meow Meow: It’s Rhyming Cats and Dogs. Gr. 2-4.Bow wow meow meow : it's rhyming cats and dogs

From leopards to Chihuahuas, a picture book with lively rhymes provides more than twenty easy-to-read poems about cats and dogs of all shapes, sizes, and sounds.


%d bloggers like this: