Learn more about past winners of this award, given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.

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2020 Winner

Thank You, Omu!, by Oge Mora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

Oge Mora graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her first picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent illustrator award winner, an Ezra Jack Keats illustrator award winner, a New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her second picture book, Saturday, received five starred reviews. She has also illustrated The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Oge lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and she invites you to visit her website at www.ogemora.com.

The 2020 winner was selected through an open voting process. Votes were cast by librarians, educators, booksellers, and caregivers across the country!

2020 Honor Books

Alma and How She Got her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick)
Everybody Says Meow, written and illustrated by Constance Lombardo (HarperCollins)
Love is Kind, by Laura Sassi; illus. by Lison Chaperon (Zonderkidz)
Made For Me, by Zack Bush; illus. by Gregorio De Lauretis (Workman, Familius)
Welcome Little One, written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen (Sourcebooks)

2019 Winner

The Rabbit Listened, by Cori Doerrfeld (Penguin Young Readers/Dial Books).

Along with The Rabbit Listened, Cori Doerrfeld has illustrated popular books such as Little Bunny Foo Foo and The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. Her next book from Dial will be Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! which releases July 2, 2019. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 2019 winner was selected through an open voting process. Votes were cast by librarians, educators, booksellers, and caregivers across the country!

2019 Honor Books

Drawn Together, by Minh Lê; illus. by Dan Santat (Disney Hyperion) Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales (Holiday House)
I Am Enough, by Grace Byers; illus. by Keturah A. Bobo (Balzer & Bray/Harper)
Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love (Candlewick)
Thank You, Omu!, by Oga Mora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

2018 Winner

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again), by Dan Santat (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Roaring Brook Press).

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets. His newest picture book is Dude! by Aaron Reynolds.

2018 Selection Committee
Berol Dewdney (Early Childhood Educator, Baltimore, MD
Earl Dizon (a bookseller at Green Bean Books, OR)
Mia Wenjen (Pragmatic Mom blogger)
Rocco Staino (contributing editor, School Library Journal)
Rita Meade (2017 Anna Dewdney Award winner and Brooklyn Public librarian)
Christine Pyles (Youth Services Manager, Euclid Public Library, OH)
Lisa Von Drasek (Curator, Kerlan Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota)

2018 Honor Books
Selected after a two-month-long nomination process open to the public are, these titles were reviewed by the selection committee to determine the winner.

Be a Friend, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury USA Children’s)
Bunny Slopes, written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda (Chronicle Books)
Come With Me, by Holly M. McGhee; illustrated by Pascal Lemâitre (Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s)
Grandmother Thorn, by Katey Howes; illustrated by Rebecca Hahn (Ripple Grove Press)

2017 Winner

Edward Gets Messy, written by Rita Meade; illustrated by Olga Stern (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Rita Meade is public librarian who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Rita is contributing editor for BookRiot.com and also hosts the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly bookish advice show. She has appeared in various places, including American Libraries Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, The Atlantic Wire, The Hairpin, and more. Rita also reviews children’s books for School Library Journal and occasionally writes about library-related things on her blog Screwy Decimal.

2017 Selection Committee
Berol Dewdney, Early Childhood Educator, Baltimore, MD; Cheryl Lee, Program Coordinator-Branch Manager, Santa Clara City Library- Northside Branch Library, Santa Clara, CA: Kristine Millard, Co-Director and Youth Services Librarian, Lodi Public Library, Lodi, WI; Susannah Richards, Professor, Education, Eastern Connecticut State University, Windham, CT; and Crystal Soltren, Children’s Specialist, WORD Bookstores, Jersey City, NJ.

2017 Honor Books
Selected after a two-month-long nomination process open to the public are, these titles were reviewed by the selection committee to determine the winner.

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena; illus. by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Mother Bruce, by Ryan Higgins (Disney)
Toby, by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick)
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, by Lee Wardlaw, illus. by Eugene Yelchin (Random House Children’s Books)

About the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.

As a children’s book creator, a literacy advocate, and a parent, Dewdney believed, “A good children’s book can be read by an adult to a child, and experienced genuinely by both. A good children’s book is like a performance. Reading with children makes an intimate, human connection that teaches that child what it means to be alive as one of many beings on the planet. When we read a book with children, then children — no matter how stressed, no matter how challenged — are drawn out of themselves to bond with other human beings, and to see and feel the experiences of others. It is this moment that makes us human. In this sense, reading makes us human.” (Wall Street Journal)

Llama Llama Red Pajama, Dewdney’s tale of a baby llama calling out for Mama Llama at bedtime, is a beloved read-together book. The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, co-sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader, recognizes a picture book published within the last five years (2012-2017) in the United States that kids and grown-ups are currently discovering and enjoying together. The winning book is announced during Children’s Book Week,  the celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

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