2017-2018 Red Clover Award Books

Daniel Finds a Poem

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Stunning collage art full of rich color, glorious details, and a sense of wonder—reminiscent of the work of Ezra Jack Keats—illustrate this delightful story celebrating the poetry found in the world around us. What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone—you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, and Daniel is on his way to discovering a poem of his own after spending time with his animal friends. What is poetry? If you look and listen, it’s all around you!

Author: Micha Archer
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2016-02-16
ISBN: 9780698172821


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A cool idea with a big splash You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

Author: Chris Barton
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Published: 2016-05-03
ISBN: 9781580892971

Dragon Was Terrible

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We all know dragons are terrible, but this one is especially terrible. He scribbles in books. He steals candy from baby unicorns. He even burps in church. Seriously, who does that? Dragon, that’s who. The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down this beast once and for all. But sometimes it’s up to the unlikeliest of heroes to tame a dragon this terrible.

Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published: 2016-08-23
ISBN: 9780374300494


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Ingenuity and surprise rule in this funny and colorful companion to Red: A Crayon’s Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall, the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo. The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set—but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page! Hideous! Horrifying! The story can’t go on! Try as they might, the crayons can’t erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled. Until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.

Author: Michael Hall
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2016-01-26
ISBN: 0062459457

Ada’s Violin

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A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

Author: Susan Hood
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2016-05-03
ISBN: 9781481430951

Penguin Problems

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“A penguin whines about the uncontrollable problems in his life”–

Author: Jory John, Lane Smith
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Published: 2016-09-27
ISBN: 9780553513370

I Dissent

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Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable! Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

Author: Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2016-09-20
ISBN: 9781481465595

Otters Love to Play

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Ka-splash! Head to the river, where a frolicsome bunch of otters plays all year round in a nonfiction story sprinkled with facts — and loaded with fun. It’s spring, and a litter of baby river otters emerges from a den . . . to play! Follow the otters through the seasons as they chase one another, slide down a mudbank, jump in a pile of leaves, and learn to swim. Even while catching fish for their dinner or grooming themselves in the snow, otters love to play — and Jonathan London’s lively text and Meilo So’s fluid watercolors invite you to share in the joy.

Author: Jonathan London, Meilo So
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: 2016-03
ISBN: 9780763669133

The Princess and the Warrior

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Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
Publisher: undefined
Published: 2016-10-04
ISBN: 9781419721304

They All Saw a Cat

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In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published: 2016-08-30
ISBN: 9781452150130

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