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Read Aloud Book Award Winners


The Comstock Reading Aloud Initiative supports two Read Aloud Book Awards, the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award (for toddlers to age 8) and the Comstock Read Aloud Book Award (for ages 9-12). These first annual awards were given in 2005. Below is the list of award books. The date given is the year of publication.

Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award

Award Books


Silly Doggy! written and illustrated by Adam Stower, (Orchard, an imprint of Scholastic). 2012

Earth to Clunk written by Pam Smallcomb and illustrated by Joe Berger (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group). 2011


Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devnin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers (Sleeping Bear Press). 2010

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo written and illustrated by E.S. Redmond (Candlewick Press). 2009

The Cow That Laid an Egg written by Andy Cutbill and illustrated by Russell Ayto (HarperCollins Publishers). 2008

Wolf's Coming! written and illustrated by Joe Kulka (Carolrhoda Books). 2007

My Father the Dog written by Elizabeth Bluemle and illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press). 2006

The Great Fuzz Frenzy written by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, and illustrated by Janet Stevens (Harcourt). 2005

I Like Myself written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow (Harcourt, Inc). 2004

Honor Books 


Oh, No! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books). 2012


Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). 2012


Me and My Dragon written and illustrated by David Biedrzycki (Charlesbridge). 2011


Fuddles written and illustrated by Frans Vischer (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster). 2011


That Cat Can't Stay written by Thad Krasnesky and illustrated by David Parkins (Flashlight Press). 2010

Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press). 2010

The Cow Loves Cookies written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Marcellus Hall (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster). 2010

The Three Little Gators written by Helen Kettelman and illustrated by Will Terry (Albert Whitman and Company). 2009

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! written by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (Marshall Cavendish Children). 2009

A Visitor for Bear written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Candlewick Press). 2008

The Sandman written by Ralph Fletcher and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey (Henry Holt and Company). 2008

Snow Day! written by Lester L. Laminack and illustrated by Adam Gustavson (Peachtree). 2007

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children). 2007

My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World written and illustrated by Gilles Bachelet. Originally published as Mon chat le plus bête du monde by Éditions du Seuil in 2004. Translated from French (Abrams Books for Young Readers). 2006

One Potato, Two Potato written by Cynthia DeFelice and illustrated by Andrea U'Ren (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). 2006

365 Penguins written by Jean-Luc Fromental and illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Originally published as 365 Pingouins by Naïve Livres. Translated from French
(Abrams Books for Young Readers). 2006

Am I a Color Too? written by Heidi Cole and Nancy Vogl, and illustrated by Gerald Purnell (Illumination Arts). 2005

Llama Llama Red Pajama written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney (Viking). 2005

Stanley Mows the Lawn written and illustrated by Craig Frazier (Chronicle Books). 2005

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children). 2004

Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North written and illustrated by Michael Bania (Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Center Publishing). 2004

Comstock Read Aloud Book Award

Award Books


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore written by William Joyce and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm (Moonbot, an imprint of Atheneum Books for Young Readers). 2012


The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister written by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Suzanne Beaky (Flashlight Press). 2011

Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant written by Kate Klise and illustrated by M.Sarah Klise (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group). 2010

14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy, in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree). 2009

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson and pictures by John Hendrix (Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books. 2008

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians written by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed (Peachtree). 2007

Epossumondas Saves the Day written by Coleen Salley and illustrated by Janet Stevesn (Harcourt). 2006

Dad, Jackie, and Me written by Myron Uhlberg and illustrated by Colin Bootman (Peachtree). 2005

Elena's Serenade written by Campbell Geeslin and illustrated by Ana Juan (Anne Schwartz/Atheneum Books for Young Readers). 2004


Honor Books


Jack and the Baked Beanstalk written and illustrated by Colin Stimpson (Templar, an imprint of Candlewick). 2012


Mrs. Harkness and the Panda written by Alicia Potter and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books). 2012


Suryia Swims! The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim written by Bhagavan 'Doc' Antle with Thea Feldman and photographs by Barry Bland (Henry Holt). 2012


Pirates of the Sea written and illustrated by Brandon Dorman (Greenwillow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). 2011

My Brother Charlie written by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner and illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Scholastic Press). 2010

Gunner, Football Hero written and illustrated by James E. Ransome (Holiday House). 2010

The Circus Ship written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press). 2009

Willow written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, and illustrated by Cyd Moore (Sleeping Bear Press, an imprint of Gale). 2008

A Taste of Colored Water written and illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). 2008

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon (Henry Holt and Company). 2008

Mrs. Marlowe's Mice written by Frank Asch and illustrated by Devin Asch (Kids Can Press). 2007

Henry's Freedom Box written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Scholastic Press). 2007

Christmas in the Trenches written by John McCutcheon and illustrated by Henri Sørensen (Peachtree). 2006

Keeper of Soles written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Yayo (Holiday House). 2006

Learning to Fly written by Sebastian Meschenmoser.  Originally published as Fliegen lernen by Esslinger Verlag J.F. Schreiber in 2005. Translated from German
(Kane/Miller). 2006

The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom written by Bettye Stroud and illustrated by Erin Susanne Bennett (Candlewick Press). 2005

Precious and the Boo Hag written by Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss, and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing). 2005

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story written by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low Books). 2005

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen written by Marissa Moss and illustrated by C.F. Payne (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). 2004

Mr. Maxwell's Mouse written by Frank Asch and illustrated by Devin Asch (Kids Can Press). 2004