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Charlotte Zolotow Award Books

Copyright © Cooperative Children's Book Center

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year.

Established in 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books, including such classic works as William's Doll and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present.

More information on the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Charlotte Zolotow seals and notecards


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.


2007 Winner

    McCarty, Peter. Moon Plane. Henry Holt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6


2007 Honor Books

    Look, Lenore. Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Anne Schwartz / Atheneum, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Smith, Linda. Mrs. Crump's Cat. Illustrated by David Roberts. HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8


2007 Highly Commended Titles

    Balouch, Kristen. Mystery Bottle. Hyperion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Becker, Shari. Maxwell's Mountain. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Charlesbridge, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Bunting, Eve. One Green Apple. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Clarion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Best Best Friends. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Cruise, Robin. Little Mamá Forgets. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Big Day. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Schaefer, Lola M. . An Island Grows. Illustrated by Cathie Felstead. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Weeks, Sarah. Overboard. Illustrated by Sam Williams. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 1-3

    Willis, Jeanne. Gorilla! Gorilla!. Illustrated by Tony Ross. U.S. edition: Athenuem, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2006 Winner

    Rodman, Mary Ann. My Best Friend. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Viking, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2006 Honor Books

    McKissack, Patricia C. and Onawumi Jean Moss . Precious and the Boo Hag. Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker. Antheneum, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Muth, Jon J. Zen Shorts. Scholastic Press, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 6-10


2006 Highly Commended Titles

    Bee, William. Whatever . Candlewick Press, 2005. 32 pages.

    Bergman, Mara. Snip, Snap! What's That?. Illustrated by Nick Maland. U.S. edition: Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Graham, Bob. Oscar’s Half Birthday. Candlewick, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    King, Stephen Michael. Mutt Dog! . Harcourt, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Patricelli, Leslie. Binky. Candlewick Press, 2005. 24 pages. Ages1-3

    Savadier, Elivia. No Haircut Today! . 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Turner, Sandy. Cool Cat, Hot Dog. Atheneum, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 5-10

    Willems, Mo. Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. Hyperion, 2005. 44 pages. Ages 3-7


2005 Highly Commended Titles

    Beaumont, Karen. Baby Danced the Polka. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. Dial, 2004. Ages birth - 3 years

    Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. Illustrated by Mark Buehner. Harper Collins, 2004. Ages 5-9

    Dunrea, Oliver . BooBoo. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 6 months- 2 years

    Durant, Alan. Always and Forever. Illustrated by Debi Gliori. U.S. edition: Harcourt, 2004. Ages 3 - 6

    English, Karen. Hot Day on Abbott Avenue. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    Hoberman, Mary Ann. Whose Garden Is It? . Illustrated by Jane Dyer. Harcourt, 2004. 36 pages. Ages 2-4

    Horowitz, Dave. A Monkey Among Us. Harper Festival/ Harper Collins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    MachLachlan, Patricia and Emily MachLachlan . Bittle. Illustrated by Dav Yaccarino. Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Schaefer, Carole Lexa. The Biggest Soap. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Melanie Kroupa/ Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 32 pages. Ages 4-7


2005 Winner

    Henkes, Kevin. Kitten's First Full Moon. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2004. Ages 2 - 5


2005 Honor Books

    Thompson, Lauren. Polar Bear Night. Illustrated by Stephen Savage. Scholastic Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Hyperion, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2004 Winner

    Schwartz, Amy. What James Likes Best. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2003. Ages 2 - 5


2004 Honor Books

    Coy, John. Two Old Potatoes and Me. Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Ages 4 - 8

    O'Connel, Rebecca. Baby Goes Beep. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2003. 24 pages. Ages 6 months and older

    Paye, Won-Ldy and Margaret H. Lippert . Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2003. 32 pages.

    Rumford, James. Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. Ages 4 - 8

    Shannon, George. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2003. Ages 2 - 5


2004 Highly Commended Titles

    Banks, Kate. Mama's Coming Home. Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. Ages 3 - 6

    Chandra, Deborah and Madeleine . George Washington's Teeth. Illustrated by Brock Cole. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. Ages 7-11

    Fleming, Denise. Buster. Henry Holt, 2003. Ages 4 - 7

    Frame, Jeron Ashford. Yesterday I Had the Blues. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Tricycle Press, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 10

    Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page . What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Nye, Naomi Shihab . Baby Radar. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2003. Ages 18 months - 4 years

    Perkins, Lynne Rae. Snow Music. Greenwillow, 2003. Ages 4 - 8

    U'Ren, Andrea. Mary Smith. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Hyperion, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6


2003 Winner

    Keller, Holly. Farfallina & Marcel. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


2003 Honor Book

    Swanson, Susan Marie. The First Thing My Mama Told Me. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. Harcourt, 2002. Ages 5 - 8


2003 Highly Commended Titles

    Andrews-Gobel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built. Illustrated by David Diaz. Lee & Low, 2002. Ages 6 - 10

    Banks, Kate. Close Your Eyes. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleban. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Ages 2 - 4

    Henkes, Kevin. Owen’s Marshmallow Chick. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2002. 20 pages. Ages 4 - 6

    Herrera, Juan Felipe. Grandma and Me at the Flea/Los Meros Meros Remateros. Illustrated by Anita DeLucio-Brock. Children's Book Press, 2002. Ages 7 - 10

    McMullan, Kate and Jim. I Stink!. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2002. Ages 2 - 6

    Okimoto, Jean Davies and Elaine M. Aoki . The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption. Illustrated by Meilo So. Clarion, 2002. Ages 4 - 7

    Schertle, Alice. All You Need for a Snowman. Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002. Ages 2 - 5

    Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Wilson, Karma. Bear Snores On. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Wong, Janet S.. Apple Pie 4th of July. Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Harcourt, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 9


2002 Winner

    Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice. Illustrated by Heather Solomon. Atheneum, 2001. Ages 5 - 8


2002 Honor Book

    Jenkins, Emily. Five Creatures. Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001. Ages 3 - 6


2002 Highly Commended Titles

    Look, Lenore. Henry's First-Moon Birthday. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 2001. Ages 4 - 7

    MacDonald, Margaret Read . Mabela the Clever. Illustrated by Tim Coffey. Albert Whitman, 2001.

    Russo, Marisabina. Come Back, Hannah!. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Stock, Catherine. Gugu's House. Clarion, 2001. Ages 5 - 8

    Wong, Janet S.. Grump. Illustrated by John Wallace. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001. 24 pages. Ages 18 months - 3 years


2001 Winner

    Banks, Kate. The Night Worker. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Ages 2 - 5


2001 Honor Book

2001 Highly Commended Titles

    Christian, Peggy. If You Find a Rock. Photographed by Barbara Hirsch Lember. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 3- 8

    Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Simon & Schuster, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt, 2000. Ages 4 - 7

    Kajikawa, Kimiko. Yoshi’s Feast. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Melanie Kroupa/ DK Ink, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Pinkney, Sandra L.. Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children. Illustrated by Myles Pinkney. Scholastic, 2000. Ages 3 - 11

    Van Laan, Nancy. When Winter Comes. Illustrated by Susan Gaber. Atheneum, 2000. Ages 3 - 6


2000 Winner

    Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry.... Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1999. Ages 2 - 7


2000 Honor Books

    Best, Cari. Three Cheers for Catherine the Great. Illustrated by Giselle Potter. A Melanie Kroupa Book/DK Ink, 1999. Ages 4 - 8

    Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. HarperCollins, 1998. Ages 3 - 8


2000 Highly Commended Titles

    Diakité, Baba Wagué . The Hatseller and the Monkeys: A West African Folktale. Scholastic, 1999. Ages 4 - 8

    George, Kristine O'Connell. Little Dog Poems. Illustrated by June Otani. Clarion, 1999. Ages 3 - 7

    Graham, Joan Bransfield. Flicker Flash. Illustrated by Nancy Davis. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Ages 4 - 8

    Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald . When Will Sarah Come?. Illustrated by Nina Crews. Greenwillow, 1999. Ages 2 - 5

    Schwartz, Amy. How to Catch an Elephant. DK Ink, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 8

    Thomas, Joyce Carol. You Are My Perfect Baby. Illustrated by Nneka Bennett. HarperCollins, 1999.

    Zimmerman, Andrea and David Clemesha . Trashy Town. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. HarperCollins, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6


1999 Winner

    Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998. Ages 3 - 7


1999 Honor Books

    Meade, Holly. John Willy and Freddy McGee. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. Ages 3 - 7

    Steig, William. Pete's a Pizza. HarperCollins, 1998. Ages 3 - 7


1999 Highly Commended Titles

    Fleming, Denise. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Holt, 1998. Ages 2 - 6

    Henkes, Kevin. Circle Dogs. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Greenwillow, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4

    Jones, Bill T. and Susan Kuklin . Dance. Photographed by Susan Kuklin. Hyperion, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3-9

    Reiser, Lynn. Little Clam. Greenwillow, 1998. Ages 3 - 6

    Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Elizabeti's Doll. Illustrated by Christy Hale. Lee & Low, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


1998 Winner

    Williams, Vera B.. Lucky Song. Greenwillow, 1997. Ages 2 - 5


1998 Honor Book

    Kasza, Keiko. Don't Laugh, Joe!. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997. Ages 3 - 7


1998 Highly Commended Titles

    Bauer, Marion Dane. If You Were Born a Kitten. Illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen. Simon & Schuster, 1997. Ages 1 - 4

    Cooper, Elisha. Country Fair. Greenwillow, 1997. 40 pages. Ages 3-8

    Fleming, Denise. Time to Sleep. Henry Holt, 1997. Ages 2 - 5

    McKissack, Patricia C. . Ma Dear's Aprons. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 1997. Ages 4 - 7

    Waber, Bernard. Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party . Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 40 pages. Ages 3-7

    Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Cakes. Dial, 1997. Ages 3 - 7



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