ANNOUNCING THE 2015 GRAND-PRIZE WINNERS
FICTION Grand-Prize Winner: Masterpiece
Written and illustrated by eighth grade students from
Stoller Middle School, Portland, OR
A young girl’s journey through a museum places her in the works of some of
history’s most beautiful and creative painting styles. From impressionism to
abstract, the clever layout and elegant art will introduce the readers to some of
the world’s most influential painters.
NONFICTION Grand-Prize Winner: Through Jane’s Eyes: Lessons Learned from Dr. Jane Goodall
Written and illustrated by fourth grade students from
Mendon Center Elementary, Pittsford, NY
Interweaving facts about Jane Goodall’s remarkable journey with inspiring life
lessons, this beautifully illustrated book encourages and motivates young readers
to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world.
2015 Honorable Mentions
See the list of entries that are Honorable Mention Winners for 2015.
FICTION Grand-Prize Winner: A Home for the Winter
Written and illustrated by 2nd grade students from Stoddert Elementary School, Washington, DC
Project Coordinator: Julie Schneider
Principal: Donald Bryant
This book is a wonderful imagining of how three different animals experience winter. The evocative illustrations show the transitions from eagle to black bear, to deer and back to eagle again, bringing us into the minds of each of the animals.
NONFICTION Grand Prize Winner: How to Get a Girlfriend
Written and illustrated by Sr. Kindergarten students from the American International School of Zagreb, Croatia
Project Coordinator: Jasmina Besirevic
Principal: Sandra House
Kindergarteners advise readers on how to get a girlfriend, giving friendly tips like keeping yourself clean, how to play, and giving flowers and toys. This book gives a fresh and wonderful perspective into the minds of boys and what they think is important to girls.
2014 Honorable Mentions
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FICTION Grand-Prize Winner: The Seeds of the Milkweed
Written and illustrated by 2nd grade students from East End Elementary School, Little Rock, Arkansas
Project Coordinators: Cathy Melvin & Karen Hicks
Principal: Mark T. Rash
See how the story of a growing milkweed fits into the monarch butterfly’s life cycle. As you turn the pages, the verse grows along with the plant. Bouncing rhymes are accompanied by bright illustrations, which bring the story to life.
NONFICTION Grand-Prize Winner: White Tails and Other White Tales
Written and illustrated by 2nd grade students from Longfellow Elementary School, West Allis, Wisconsin
Project Coordinator: Margaret Wandsneider
Principal: Jessica Moe
Take a rhyming journey around the globe to explore the little-known world of albino animals. Along the way, learn how different animals can end up without any natural, protective coloring, and the effect that has on their lives. This beautifully crafted book adds to our knowledge of the animal world.
2013 Honorable Mentions
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FICTION Grand-Prize Winner: Two Dollars, One Wallet
Written and illustrated by 3rd grade students from William McKinley Elementary School, Burbank, CA
Project Coordinator: Shari Wendt
Principal: Roberta Kavanaugh
Money takes on a personality of its own in this unique story of a dollar bill. From printing press to your wallet, discover the amazing adventure a dollar might take to end up in your hands!
NONFICTION Grand-Prize Winner: A Kid for Jack
Written and illustrated by 4th grade students from Piney Grove Elementary School, Kernersville, NC
Project Coordinators: Stacy McAnulty and Karen H. Davis
Principal: Susan C. Frye
Adults and kids alike will fall in love with Jack in this touching true story of one dog’s journey to find a family of his own. Through a series of lucky and some not-so-lucky events, Jack overcomes his past and finds a bright new future.
2012 Honorable Mentions
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FICTION Grand-Prize Winner: What does the X-Ray Say?
Written and illustrated by 2nd grade students from Longfellow Elementary School, West Allis, WI
This reassuring tale will ease young readers’ anxiety over doctor visits and x-rays as a little girl imagines some other fascinating (and funny) examples of when x-rays might be needed.
2011 Grand-Prize Winner Nonfiction: The Perfect Place for an Elf Owl
Written and illustrated by 1st and 2nd grade students from Anthony T. Lane Elementary School, Alexandria, VA
In this sweet, yet educational, story about the incredible variety of owl species, a little lost elf owl searches for his mama through many diverse habitats and ecosystems and finally finds her in the perfect place to call home.
2011 Honorable Mentions
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2010 Grand-Prize Winner Fiction: Vincent van Gogh’s Cat
Written and illustrated by second grade students from
East Washington Academy, Muncie, IN
Join Vincent van Gogh’s cat on a journey through some of history’s most memorable and influential paintings. From a field of sunflowers to a pond of water lilies and on to a starry night, the clever layout and elegant art will leave readers immersed in their own imaginations, daydreaming of fantastical worlds.
2010 Grand-Prize Winner Nonfiction: Houdini Was…
Written and illustrated by second grade students from
White Bluffs Elementary, Richland, WA
Houdini the Hamster was so much more than just a classroom pet. She was a superhero, a spy, an escape artist, an athlete, and a clown who taught that students about responsibility, compassion, and unconditional love. Have your tissues ready when you read this positive, uplifting memorial to a most beloved pet.
2010 Honorable Mentions
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2009 Grand-Prize Winner Fiction: Greatest Homework Excuse Book Ever
Written and illustrated by fourth grade students
Sycolin Creek Elementary School, Leesburg, VA
Project Coordinator: Leigh Anne VanderWijist
Principal: Sharon Keegan-Coppels
With a stomach that's churning and a face that's burning, a student must decide if he should fess up to forgetting his homework or pick a story from the Greatest Homework Excuse Book Ever! Dogs, pigs, little siblings, and aliens...or the truth? This hilarious, rhyming romp will keep kids laughing right up until the satisfying end.
2009 Grand-Prize Winner Nonfiction: Rejoice! Poetry Celebrating Life in the Amazon Rainforest
Written and illustrated by third grade students
Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY
Project Coordinator: Heather Kwit
Principal: Melanie Ward
Using stunning collage artwork and text that both informs and inspires, Rejoice! introduces the endangered rainforest habitat and the diversity of life there, including howler monkeys, capybaras, piranhas, orchids, tarantulas, and more! A concise introduction and a comprehensive glossary give curious readers even more information about the creatures who call the rainforest home.
2009 Honorable Mentions
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