2010 NOMINEES


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Title: Astronaut Handbook
Author: Meghan McCarthy
Illustrator: Meghan McCarthy
Synopsis: Readers can blast off to astronaut school in this nonfiction picture book. Learn what it
takes to be an astronaut from preparation, training, and actual facts of what it's like in space as a NASA
astronaut.



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Title: Bats at the Library
Author: Brian Lies
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Synopsis: Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in
to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

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Title: Beadtime at the Swamp
Author: Crow, Kristyn
Illustrator: Pamintuan, Macky
Synopsis:
Splish splash, rumba‐rumba, bim bam BOOM! How can anybody go to bed when there is a monster on
the loose in the swamp? Our hero is joined by his family as they hide from the swamp monster! But
wait! Is the swamp monster the one they are really hiding from?

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Title: Bone Soup
Author: Cambria Evans
Illustrator: Cambria Evans
Synopsis: Retells the classic tale about a traveller, a ghost, who tricks a town's witches, ghouls,
and zombies into helping him make soup.

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Title: Critter Sitter
Author: Chuck Richards
Illustrator: Chuck Richards
Synopsis: When the Mahoney family hired Henry the Critter Sitter to watch their dog, cat, bird,
fish, frog, and snake, he thinks he is up for the challenge since creature control is his game but the
pets have a different idea.

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Title: Dirty Joe the Pirate
Author: Bill Harley
Illustrator: Jack E. Davis
Synopsis: Dirty Joe and his pirate crew terrorize the seven seas in their quest for dirty socks, but
they meet their match in Stinky Annie, whose favorite loot is pilfered underwear.

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Title: Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems
Author: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Synopsis: Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr. Mutt, Canine Counselor, has
solutions to the stickiest dilemmas. But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (aka The
Queen), who has her own idea of who’s in charge. Now Mr. Mutt is the one who needs help‐‐quick!
Through letters and newspaper clippings‐‐and with plenty of their trademark humor‐‐Janet
Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel give voice to despairing dogs everywhere.


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Title: Mrs. Muddle's Holidays
Author: Neilsen, Laura
Illustrator: Yezerski, Thomas F.
Synopsis: Maple Street was like any other suburban street, each family doing their own thing,
celebrating their own holidays their own way…that was until Mrs. Muddle moved in! This
grandmotherly woman started celebrating " The First Robin of Spring Day" or "April Showers
Day". The neighborhood children started joining in on Mrs. Muddle's odd holidays. But wait, the
neighborhood was celebrating something that Mrs. Muddle didn't have on her calendar ‐ what
could it be?!

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Title: Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw
Author: Kaethe Zemach
Illustrator: Kaethe Zemach
Synopsis: Dudley Ellington has trouble in school paying attention and learning new things. Ms.
McCaw, his teacher, has much patience with Dudley. She explains lessons many times until they
make sense to Dudley. Dudley returns the favor when Ms. McCaw needs help drawing a face. The
entire class gets involved with drawing profiles.

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Title: One is a Feast for Mouse
Author: Judy Cox
Illustrator: Jeffrey Ebbeler
Synopsis: O
n Thanksgiving Day while everyone naps, Mouse spots one pea, a
perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all of the fixings‐‐until Cat spots him.

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Title: The Pencil
Author: Allan Ahlbert
Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
Synopsis: Once there was a pencil, a lonely little pencil, until one day it shivered slightly and
began to draw. It drew a boy, a dog, a cat and a lot of other fun things. Everything was going fine
until the pencil drew an eraser and all his trouble began, because the eraser was a bully.

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Title: Peter Spit a Seed at Sue
Author: Koller, Jackie French
Illustrator: Manders, John
Synopsis: Four bored kids on a porch. A boring summer afternoon. When a fella started yellin',
"Watermelon!" Just what was needed to stop the boredom! Then after they chomped and burped,
Peter spit a seed at Sue ‐ and what were the others to do? Everyone joined in from the police
officer to a bus load of kids ‐ until the Mayor pulled up!
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Title: The Pink Refrigerator
Author: Tim Egan
Illustrator: Tim Egan
Synopsis: Dodsworth does as little work as he can, collecting items from a junkyard and placing
them in his thrift store for sale, until he happens upon a pink refrigerator that spurs him to do
much more with his life.

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Title: Snoring Beauty
Author: Bruce Hale
Illustrator: Howard Fine
Synopsis: Princess Marge, daughter of King Gluteus and Queen Esophagus, who is nearly
doomed by an irate fairy has her harsh sentence modified by another ("half‐deaf") fairy,
Tintinnitus. The princess will become a sleeping dragon when run orver by a pie wagon and will
"one day" be awakened by "a quince." Although all pies (and pie wagons) are banned by the king,
the princess has her foot run over by a suspicious but unrecognized pie wagon on her 16th
birthday and becomes a loudly snoring dragon. You know the rest! Hale's sassy, tongue‐in‐cheek
tale may sound like just another silly "Sleeping Beauty" rewrite. However, enriched by Fine's large,
double‐page watercolor paintings with their whimsical human visages, distinctive fairies, and frog
courtiers; the inimitable sleeping dragon princess; a repetitive refrain ("Yada, yada, hippity‐hop");
and those cacophonous snores, this fantastic story is a delight!

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Title: Timothy and the Strong Pajamas: A Superhero Adventure
Author: Schwarz, Viviane
Illustrator: Schwarz, Viviane
Synopsis: Timothy's favorite pajamas get worn out, so him mom repairs them using strong
thread and sturdy patches. This has endowed the pajamas ‐ and Timothy ‐ with superhero
strength! Timothy and his sock monkey decide to use these new attributes to help people, such as
a princess, sailors and a lost bear. Oh no! While saving the bear, Timothy's Pajama's get ripped
and he looses his super‐strength! What is he going to do?

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Title: Too Many Toys
Author: David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
Synopsis: After he finally concedes that he has far too many toys, Spencer agrees to give many
of them away, but realizes that there is one special toy that he absolutely cannot part with.
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Title: Two Bobbies : A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival
Author: Larson, Kirby and Nethery, Mary
Illustrator: Cassel, Jean
Synopsis: Two animals, a dog and a cat, were stranded during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. It
follows their story from the storm to their adoption.
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Title: A Visitor for Bear
Author: Bonny Becker
Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton
Synopsis: Bear is so determined not to have any visitors he places a sign on his front door stating
NO VISITORS ALLOWED. Mouse is just as determined to enter Bear's home and become Bear's best
friend. The hilarity begins when mouse turns up in places like the bread drawer, refrigerator and
teapot. Bear locks, plugs and bolts every possible hiding place as the reader waits to see what will
happen next.
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Title: Wangari's Trees of Peace
Author: Jeanette Winter
Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Synopsis: Wangari lives near Mt. Kenya in Africa. Wangari is an excellent student and is gifted
with a scholarship to study in America. Upon her return, she is devastated to see a barren land
with no crops or birds. Wangari's goal is to plant seedlings row upon row in open spaces bringing
back the beauty of her beloved country.
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Title: Woolbur
Author: Leslie Helakoski
Illustrator: Lee Harper
Synopsis: Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to
avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. "Don't worry!" says Grandpaa when Maa
and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite
happens and the flock follows him!