In at Moorhead State University (Minnesota), over 20,000 children--along with college students, early childhood teachers, librarians and professors on the award committee--helped to choose 2012's best read-aloud books. I haven't heard much buzz about these titles yet, but I am so interested to hear what you think of them!
Wanda Gág Book Award for 2012 (best picture book to read aloud to younger children):
Earth to Clunk written by Pam Smallcomb, illustrated by Joe Berger, and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Gag Honor Books:
Fuddles written and illustrated by Frans Vischer, and published by
Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Me and My Dragon written
and illustrated by David Biedrzycki and published by Charlesbridge.
Comstock Book Award for 2012 (best picture book to read aloud to older children):
The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister written by Linda Ravin Lodding, illustrated by Suzanne Beaky, and published by Flashlight Press.
Comstock Honor Book:Pirates of the Sea written and illustrated by Brandon Dorman and published by Greenwillow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
Photo credit--flickr Sean Dreilinger, Storytime with Rachel