World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Geisel Award

Geisel Award
Awarded for "the most distinguished American book for beginning readers"
Country United States
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded 2006
Official website /geiselaward/bookmedia/awardsgrants/alsc.orgala

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is a literary award by the American Library Association (ALA) that annually recognizes the "author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year."[1] The winner(s) receive a bronze medal at the ALA Annual Conference, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) division of ALA.

The award is named for Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, who once said, "Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."[2] It was established in 2004 and inaugurated in 2006 for 2005 publications.[2]

A few runners up are termed Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books; their authors and illustrators receive certificates.


  • Criteria 1
  • Recipients 2
  • Multiple awards 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


  • The book must encourage and support the beginning reader.
  • The book must be published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
  • There are no limitations as to the character of the book considered except that it will be original and function successfully as a book for beginning readers.
  • The author(s) or illustrator(s) must be citizens or residents of the United States.
  • The "author(s) and illustrator(s)" may include co-authors and co-illustrators. The author(s) and illustrator(s) may be awarded the medal posthumously.
  • The text must be directed at readers from pre-K through Grade 2.
  • The illustrations must function as keys or clues to the text.
  • Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are all eligible.
  • Reprints and compilations are not eligible.
  • Subject matter must be intriguing enough to motivate the child to read.
  • The book may or may not include short "chapters".
  • New words should be added slowly enough to make learning them a positive experience.
  • Words should be repeated to ensure knowledge retention.
  • Sentences must be simple and straightforward.
  • There must be a minimum of 24 pages.
  • Books may not be longer than 96 pages.

Source: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award terms and criteria[3]


Geisel Award winners and runners-up[4]
Year Author Illustrator Title Citation
2014 Greg Pizzoli Greg Pizzoli The Watermelon Seed Winner
2014 Mary Sullivan Mary Sullivan Ball Honor
2014 Mo Willems Mo Willems A Big Guy Took My Ball! Honor
2014 Kevin Henkes Kevin Henkes Penny and Her Marbles Honor
2013 Ethan Long Ethan Long Up, Tall and High! Winner
2013 Mo Willems Mo Willems Let's Go for a Drive! Honor
2013 Eric Litwin James Dean Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Honor
2013 Cece Bell Cece Bell Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover Honor
2012 Josh Schneider Josh Schneider Tales for Very Picky Eaters Winner
2012 Mo Willems Mo Willems I Broke My Trunk Honor
2012 Jon Klassen Jon Klassen I Want My Hat Back Honor
2012 Paul Meisel Paul Meisel See Me Run Honor
2011 Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Tony Fucile Bink and Gollie Winner
2011 Grace Lin Grace Lin Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! Honor
2011 Mo Willems Mo Willems We Are in a Book! Honor
2010 Geoffrey Hayes Geoffrey Hayes Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! Winner
2010 Tedd Arnold Tedd Arnold I Spy Fly Guy! Honor
2010 Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Little Mouse Gets Ready Honor
2010 Wong Herbert Yee Wong Herbert Yee Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends Honor
2010 Kate McMullan R. W. Alley Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day Honor
2009 Mo Willems Mo Willems Are You Ready to Play Outside? Winner
2009 Judyann Ackerman Grant Sue Truesdell Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!' Honor
2009 Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger One Boy Honor
2009 Eleanor Davis Eleanor Davis Stinky Honor
2009 Sarah C. Campbell Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator Honor
2008 Mo Willems Mo Willems There is a Bird on Your Head! Winner
2008 Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger First the Egg Honor
2008 Darrin Lunde Patricia J. Wynne Hello, Bumblebee Bat Honor
2008 Lisa Wheeler R. Gregory Christie Jazz Baby Honor
2008 April Pulley Sayre Steve Jenkins Vulture View Honor
2007 Laura McGee Kvasnosky Laura McGee Kvasnosky Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways Winner
2007 Kate DiCamillo Chris Van Dusen Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride Honor
2007 Karen Beaumont Jane Dyer Move Over, Rover! Honor
2007 Antoinette Portis Antoinette Portis Not a Box Honor
2006 Cynthia Rylant Suçie Stevenson Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas Winner
2006 Tedd Arnold Tedd Arnold Hi! Fly Guy Honor
2006 Suzanne Bloom Suzanne Bloom A Splendid Friend, Indeed Honor
2006 Erica Silverman Betsy Lewin Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Honor
2006 Jean Van Leeuwen Ann Schweninger Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day Honor

Multiple awards

  • Mo Willems won the 2008 and 2009 awards. He was also honored in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Kate DiCamillo won the 2011 award (with co-author Alison McGhee and illustrator Tony Fucile). She was honored in 2007.
  • Tedd Arnold was honored in 2006 and 2010.
  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger was honored in 2008 and 2009.

See also


  1. ^ "Welcome to the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award home page!".  
  2. ^ a b "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award terms and criteria". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ "(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award winners and honor books, 2006–present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.