2016-2017 Red Clover Book Awards

Mango, Abuela, and Me

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When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina. Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English (“Dough. Masa”), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfectoidea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.

Author: Meg Medina
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 9780763669003

Raindrops Roll

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Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes! Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Author: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Published: 2015-01-06
ISBN: 9781481420648


The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Presents a biography of French artist Henri Rousseau, who spent his life as a toll collector, but created unheralded masterpieces in his spare time.

Author: Michelle Markel, Amanda Hall
Publisher: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers
Published: 2012-06-11
ISBN: 0802853641

One Cool Friend

On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It’s just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . . Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale of friendship and wish fulfillment a kid-pleaser from start to finish.

Author: Toni Buzzeo, David Small
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: 2012-01-10
ISBN: 0803734131

The World’s Greatest Lion

Follows the famous lion’s life from Africa to the United States and recounts the events of the 1969 flood in which Zamba led the other animals to safety.

Author: Ralph Helfer, Ted Lewin
Publisher: Philomel
Published: 2012-07-05
ISBN: 039925417X

Infinity and Me

After the sight of a night sky filled with stars makes eight-year-old Uma feel very small, she asks people how they think about infinity and gets a variety of answers before realizing the comfort in knowing that some things go on forever.

Author: Kate Hosford, Gabi Swiatkowska
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Published: 2012-10-01
ISBN: 0761367268

Lemonade in Winter

Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade and lemon-limeade on a cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings using simple math concepts.

Author: Emily Jenkins, G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Published: 2012-09-11
ISBN: 0375858830

Actor Without Words

A visual profile of the iconic mime combines lyrical text with artwork to offer insight into the man behind his famous \”Bip the Clown\” character and the artistry that enabled him to communicate wordlessly and vibrantly.

Author: Leda Schubert, Gerard DuBois
Publisher: Flash Point
Published: 2012-09-04
ISBN: 1596435291

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not! This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original—it could only come from the brilliant mind of Mo Willems.

Author: Mo Willems
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: 2012-09-04
ISBN: 0062104187

Each Kindness

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong by making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

Author: Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis
Published: 2012-10-02
ISBN: 0399246525