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Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award 2019 Nominees

2019 Winner & Nominees

2019 Winner

Book cover: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Written and Illustrated by Dan Santat

Published by Roaring Book Press

Copyright October 3, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-6267-2682-6

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to story time at the library, of course! The children like the chicken, the chicken likes the children, and everyone loves story time. So it’s no surprise that more children (and more chickens!) get in on the fun.

2019 Nominees

Book cover: Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist

Written by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Copyright September 6, 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-4197-2137-3

Ada Twist is a curious young scientist who questions the entire world around her. When Ada decides to conduct an experiment her parents and teachers are in for a busy day. One day her experiments go too far and Ada begins to re-think her method of scientific questioning.

Book cover: Dad and the Dinosaur

Dad and the Dinosaur

Written by Gennifer Choldenko
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Copyright March 28, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0-3992-4353-0

Nicholas yearns to be brave like his dad, who is not afraid of anything. The plastic dinosaur Nicholas carries is what gives him his own strength. When Nicholas loses his dinosaur, father and son set out to find the toy. Nicholas is relieved after recovering the toy and gets a heart-warming lesson from his dad about what it means to be afraid.

Book cover: Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing

Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing

Written by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Kristi Valiant
Published by Dial

Copyright March 7, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0-8037-4021-1

Poetry and dance blend in this story as it moves from character-to-character illustrating how dance is incorporated in different cultures. The poems follow the beat of the different dance styles by using language and rhythm to mimic the steps.

Book cover: Give Bees a Chance

Give Bees a Chance

Written and Illustrated by Bethany Barton
Published by Viking

Copyright April 25, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0-6700-1694-5

Edgar does not like bees, but he loves honey. He doesn’t like their stingers or their venom sacs. However, Edgar slowly changes his mind about bees as he learns of their importance and the influence they have in the food chain. Edgar learns new and fun facts about bees as he decides if he should give them a chance.

Book cover: Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat

Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat

Written by Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Published by Random House

Copyright September 12, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0 -5535-1097-3

Dr. Seuss, or Ted as his friends called him, went through a series of trial and error as he was prompted to write a children’s story that had to follow strict guidelines, including no-nonsense words. Ted worked to perfect his book and eventually wrote many more. The history behind his genius can inspire children and adults alike.

Book cover: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Written by Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Adam Rex
Published by Balzar + Bray

Copyright April 4, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0-0624-3889-8

The story behind the famous game is finally told as the great warriors: Rock, Paper, and Scissors, realize that they no longer have worthy opponents. When they begin to travel out of their respective realms of: The Backyard, Mom’s Office, and The Kitchen, they find each other and soon realize that they have finally met their match.

Book cover: Love


Written by Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Loren Long
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Copyright January 9, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-5247-4091-7

Love is celebrated in many forms as the story moves from the day we are born to the day we leave the childhood home. Each page tells a new story of where love can be found and the ways it can carry on through our lives.