Monday, January 23, 2017

And the winner is . . .

And the winner is . . . We Are Growing! A Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! Book, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller, published by Disney-Hyperion

And the honor books are:

Go Otto Go, written and illustrated by David Milgrim, published by Simon Spotlight
Good Night Owl, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, published by Disney-Hyperion
The Infamous Ratsos, written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers, published by Candlewick Press
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper, written and illustrated by Mike Twohy published by Balzer + Bray

Congratulations to all the book creators! What a wide-ranging group of winners the committee has selected, from picture books to readers, and an alphabet caper to  a beginning chapter book. Here at Guessing Geisel we’re still gathering our thoughts and will be back later with a longer reaction. But for now, thank you to the Geisel Award committee and all the award committees for your hard work this year, and congratulations on selecting your winners.

The 2017 Geisel Award Committee:

Shilo Halfen, Chair
Patricia Carleton
Miriam Martinez
Kathleen Neil
Susannah Richards
Madeline Walton-Hadlock
Judy Zuckerman


  1. And of course, our Mock Winner did not go unrecognized, receiving a well-deserved Caldecott Honor.

  2. And if you're looking for the video, or the entire press release, you can find it here:

  3. Sadly, I just gave away an ARC I had of Infamous Ratsos, without reading it. But now I will be buying it for my school, so all is well. Fun to have an early chapter book make the cut.

    1. I agree, DaNae. It's so rare to see a book for the upper end of the range receive Geisel recognition!