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2016 Books from Geisel Winners

2016 Geisel

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than by looking at new books from past (Theodor Seuss) Geisel winners? There are probably a couple better ways I suppose but, you know, on such short notice it might be hard to change plans here.

Listing all the new books from past Geisel winners is tricky, because it’s an award that goes to both the author and illustrator. For this post, I tried to stick with new books that would likely fall under the Geisel consideration umbrella – picture books and early readers. For example, Kate DiCamillo has won a couple Geisels (an Honor for Mercy Watson and Medal for Bink & Gollie) and she has a new book coming, but since it’s middle grade (and not intended for “beginning readers” as the criteria states), I didn’t include it here.

If I missed any, let me know in the comments.

In case you missed it:

2016 Books from Coretta Scott King Winners

2016 Books from Newbery Winners

2016 Books from Caldecott Winners

Mixed Up Truck

The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage (July 5)

Big Cat

Big Cat by Ethan Long (February 28)

Lion Tiger and Bear

Lion and Tiger and Bear: Tag, You’re It by Ethan Long (March 1)

Thank You!

Thank You! by Ethan Long (May 3)

Best Frints

Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis (July 5)

Chuck and Woodchuck

Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell (March 8)


Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit by Cece Bell (September 13)

Thank You Book

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems (May 3)

Nanette's Baguette

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (October 25)

Best in Snow

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre (October 11)

Good Night Owl

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli (April 19)


Treat by Mary Sullivan (March 1)

Groovy Joe

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (August 30)

Can I Tell You a Secret

Can I Tell You a Secret? by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant (May 31)

Wake Up City

Wake Up, City! by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Laure Fournier (August 9)

When Spring Comes

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek (February 9)


Creation by Cynthia Rylant (September 20)

Hit the Slope

Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard (September 13)


The Otter by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston McDaniels (March 15)

Fly Guy Ninja Christmas

Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold (September 27)


Noodlehead Nightmares by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold (January 30)

Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life! by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Paul Meisel (January 30)

Get a Hit Mo

Get a Hit, Mo! by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks (February 16)

Place Value

Place Value by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller (February 28)


Prices! Prices! Prices! They Go Up and They Go Down by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller (January 30)

Saddest Toilet

The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple, Sam Ricks (June 7)

Barnacle is Bored

Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske (May 10)

Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (January 5)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. That’s a lovely twist on celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for including Barnacle ls Bored on your list, Travis!