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18 Outstanding Picture Books for Children that Have Received Awards and Recognition

18 Outstanding Picture Books for Children that Have Received Awards and Recognition

We have put together a list of beautifully illustrated books that have received awards and recognition. Scroll down to discover your next read from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

 

Letters from BearLetters from Bear chuildren's books

Written by Gauthier David
Illustrated by Marie Caudry

This adventurous story invites readers to consider just how far they’d go for their friends.

Awards & Recognition

  • Booklist (starred)
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Purchase Letters from Bear at AmazonChristianbook.comEerdmansBarnes & NoblesIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.

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what a masterpiece! children's book for kidsWhat a Masterpiece

Illustrated by Riccardo Guasco
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5539-8

This picture book will inspire young artists to find wonder in their everyday lives. An art index after the story helps readers identify the cultural treasures behind the illustrations.

Awards & Recognition

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • School Library Connection (Highly Recommended)

Purchase What a Masterpiece! at AmazonChristianbook.comEerdmansBarnes & NoblesIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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I'll Root for You children's booksI’ll Root for You

Written by Edward van de Vendel
Illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch
Translated by David Colmer

A collection of poems that’s sure to be a winner

Awards & Recognition

  • NCTE Notable Poetry Book
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • 2019–2020 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee

Purchase I’ll Root for You at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & NobleIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Driftwood Days kids bookDriftwood Days

Written by William Miniver
Illustrated by Charles Vess

Featuring breathtaking artwork by Charles Vess, Driftwood Days offers readers a beautiful, multilayered story about nature, science, childhood, and change.

Awards & Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • National Aquarium and Enoch Pratt Free Library Read to Reef List

Purchase Driftwood Days at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & NobleIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Vanishing ColorsVanishing Colors

A haunting, poignant story about refugees

Written by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen
Illustrated by Akin Duzakin

Awards & Recognition

  • USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • 2019–2020 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee

Purchase Vanishing Colors at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & NobleIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Sweet Dreamers isabelle Simler kids booksSweet Dreamers

Isabelle Simler

A gorgeous bedtime book from an award-winning creator

Awards & Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • School Library Journal (starred)
  • Shelf Awareness (starred)
  • Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2020
  • 2019-2020 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee

Purchase Sweet Dreamers at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & NobleIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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The Second Sky kids booksThe Second Sky

Written by Patrick Guest
Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley

An inspiring story about finding your true element

Awards & Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • ILA/CBC Children’s Choices 2020
  • 2019 Parents’ Choice Book Awards—Recommended
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2020
  • 2019–2020 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee

Purchase The Second Sky at AmazonChristianbook.comIndie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Mexique A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil WarMexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War

Written by María José Ferrada
Illustrated by Ana Penyas

This moving book invites readers onto the Mexique with the “children of Morelia,” many of whom never returned to Spain during Franco’s almost forty-year regime. Poignant and poetically told, Mexique opens important conversations about hope, resilience, and the lives of displaced people in the past and today.

Awards & Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Junior Library Guild Selection

Purchase Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Children's book Birdie by Spinelli kids booksBirdie 

Eileen Spinelli

A relatable novel-in-verse about loss… and what happens afterwards

Awards & Recognition

  • Booklist (starred)
  • 2020-2021 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee
  • 2021 Sequoyah Award Nominee
  • 2021 Beehive Book Award Nominee
  • 2019-2020 Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee

Purchase Birdie at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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A Story Like the Wind children's booksA Story Like the Wind

A Story Like the Wind is a beautifully illustrated fable that shows how music and stories can bring people together. Readers of all ages will be entranced by this sweeping story that feels both new and timeless.

Written by Gill Lewis
Illustrated by Jo Weaver

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019 USBBY Outstanding International Books
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • School Library Journal (starred)
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • 2019–2020 Alabama Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee
  • New York Journal of Books Notable Children’s Books

Purchase A Story Like the Wind at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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The Little Barbarian kids books picture bookThe Little Barbarian 

Renato Moriconi

A wordless picture book that captures the imagination

Awards & Recognition

  • Boston Globe Best Children’s Books of 2018
  • The Horn Book (starred)
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Publishers Weekly (starred)

Purchase The Little Barbarian at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Paul Writes a Letter illustrated picture book for kidsPaul Writes a Letter

Chris Raschka

Paul Writes (a Letter) celebrates how one of the most beloved biblical figures changed the world through the written word.

Awards & Recognition

  • Booklist Top Ten Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth
  • Booklist (starred)
  • Publishers Weekly (starred)

Purchase Paul Writes a Letter at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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No Place Like Home illustrated picture book for kidsNo Place Like Home

Ronojoy Ghosh

A hilarious story about finding your place in the world

Awards & Recognition

  • ILA/CBC Children’s Choices 2020
  • CBC/Every Child a Reader
  • Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalist 2020

Purchase No Place Like Home at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Hidden City Poems of Urban Wildlife kids books picture books for childrenHidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife

Written by Sarah Grace Tuttle
Illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford

 A poetic book highlighting everyday nature

Awards & Recognition

  • Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators—Lee Bennett Hopkins Award
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Book Society of Illustrators “The Original Art”Annual Exhibition 2018 Bank Street College Best
  • Children’s Books of the Year 2019 List New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018
    2018 California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Award

Purchase Hidden City at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble or your local  bookstore.


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My Wild Cat kids bookMy Wild Cat

Written and Illustrated by Isabelle Simler

From beloved creator Isabelle Simler comes a sly, hilarious read sure to delight cat lovers of all ages.

Awards & Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Purchase My Wild Cat at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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As It Is in Heaven illustrated picture book for kidsAs It Is in Heaven

Eric Puybaret

This book is an opportunity to introduce—or rediscover—words that have been prayed by people around the world for centuries.

Awards & Recognition

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

Purchase As It Is In Heaven at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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The Christmas Feast children's bookThe Christmas Feast

Written by Nathalie Dargent
Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Perfect for holiday story times, this festive book will provide plenty of laughs with its witty narration, amusing characters, and playful illustrations.

Awards & Recognition

  • Booklist (starred)
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Purchase The Christmas Feast at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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Outside My Window children's book for kids illustrated picture bookOutside My Window

Written by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

This beautiful book will spark readers’ curiosity and imagina­tion with its celebration of global diversity.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Books for Young People

Purchase Outside My Window at AmazonChristianbook.com, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or your local  bookstore.


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