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2020 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Nominees

Announcing the nominees for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA), sponsored by the School Library Division of the Washington Library Association (WLA). This school year (2), Washington state students in grades kindergarten through third grade will be voting on the 2020 award for their favorite picture book out of the nominated 20 books listed below. The Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award was started in 1982. All Washington state students in public and private schools, from kindergarten through third grade in Washington State are welcome to vote. Students hear all 20 nominated picture books, read by their library teacher and/or classroom teacher and participate in literature activities for each book. The WCCPBA committee meets each spring to select the 20 picture book candidates, books that had been published in the last three years, for the next school year. The committee is comprised of school and public librarians from across the state.
 
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World
Author: Barry Wittenstein
Illustrator: Chris Hsu
Summary: 1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself.
The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but
Earle's bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren't convinced, and it wasn't until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle's
prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like
hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.
 
Can I Be Your Dog?
Author and Illustrator: Troy Cummings
Summary: A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.
 
Dear Substitute
Author: Elizabeth Scanlon
Illustrator: Christopher Raschka
Summary: When a substitute teacher named Miss Pelly comes to class, one student bristles at the change in routine -
Miss Pelly doesn't follow the rules like Mrs. Giordano. But in time, our student learns that even though the substitute
may do things a little differently, and she may be a bit silly, mixing things up might not be so bad.
 
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: David Spencer
Summary: When a grumpy stuffed bunny and a happy-go-lucky stick fall out of their boy's backpack, they embark on an
odyssey that takes them all around the world, experiencing one crazy adventure after another.
 
Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All
Author and Illustrator: Doug Florian
Summary: There are all kinds of friends--good friends, bad friends, old friends, new friends...even imaginary friends!
This humorous, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest collection of poems explores the many facets of friendship.
 
Fruit Bowl
Author and Illustrator: Mark Hoffman
Summary: A tomato tries to convince his fellow companions that he belongs in the fruit bowl too, but his efforts prove
"fruitless" and will require the voice of Old Man Produce to settle the debate.
 
I Got a Chicken for My Birthday
Author: Laura Gehl
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Summary: All the birthday girl wants from her Abuela is a ticket to the amusement park. Instead, she gets a chicken. But
this chicken is no ordinary chicken; it has plans! With a lot of hard work, and help from other animals, this chicken may
just end up granting the girl the best birthday gift ever.
 
I Want That Nut!
Author and Illustrator: Madeline Valentine
Summary: Meet Mouse and Chipmunk, two young rodents who want the same thing—a big, beautiful nut! But who
deserves it more? After all, Chipmunk and the Nut read together and lie in the grass and stare at the clouds. Chipmunk
wants that nut! And Mouse and the Nut play tic-tac-toe and have a dance party together. Mouse also wants that nut!
But then Squirrel comes along and claims the Nut for his own. What’s a rodent to do?
 
Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Author: Sy Montgomery
Illustrator: Amy Schimler-Safford
Summary: Inky had been at the New Zealand aquarium since 2014 after being taken in by a fisherman who found him at
sea. Inky had been getting used to his new environment, but the staff quickly figured out that he had to be kept amused
or he would get bored. Then one night in 2016 Inky, about the size of a basketball, decided he'd had enough. He
slithered eight feet across the floor and down a drainpipe more than 160 feet long to his home in the sea.
 
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
Author and Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Summary: It's homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should
have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to
story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say "Whoa! I didn't know that was going to happen," Papa is
sure he can convince Chicken he's right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in "The Ugly Duckling," "Rapunzel," or
"The Little Mermaid" -- or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a
surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well.
 
Little Brown
Author and Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Summary: Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the animal shelter. Or maybe no one
ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all
of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the shelter and won't give them back. But what will happen
now?
 
Neck & Neck
Author and Illustrator: Elise Parsley
Summary: Everybody loves Leopold the giraffe. He inspires awe and wonder. His adoring fans gaze and cheer. Best of
all, they feed him lots of deeeelicious snacks! But, one day, a shiny, bobble-headed new rival comes in and ruins
everything...a giraffe-shaped balloon! Just how far will Leopold go to prove that he's the hero of the zoo?
 
Philomena’s New Glasses
Author and Illustrator: Brenna Maloney
Summary: Philomena needs new glasses. Her sister Audrey wants some, too. Pretty soon, Nora Jane is feeling the
pressure to get a pair of specs, as well. The one-upmanship escalates from there with the three sisters learning that not
everyone needs the same things.
 
Potato Pants!
Author and Illustrator: Laurie Keller
Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who
pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.
 
Rot, the Cutest in the World
Author and Illustrator: Ben Clanton
Summary: Rot, a mutant potato, enters a "Cutest in the World" contest but worries when he sees his competition.
 
Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo
Author and Illustrator: Thane Maynard
Summary: The amazing, true story of Fiona, a baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, the team of scientists
and caregivers who nursed her to health, and the vast community in Cincinnati and beyond who rallied around her.
Includes full-color behind-the-scenes photographs throughout.
 
The Word Collector
Author and Illustrator: Peter Reynolds
Summary: Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his
collection with others.
 
The Ugly Five
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Summary: Meet Wildebeest, Warthog, Spotted Hyena, Lappet-Faced Vulture, and Marabou Stork. On the African
Savannah, they're known as the Ugly Five, but for all their bumps and bristles, these animals are just as lovable and
intriguing as their more celebrated counterparts.
 
The Wall in the Middle of the Book
Author and Illustrator: Jon Agee
Summary: There's a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero--a young knight--is sure that the wall protects his side
of the book from the dangers of the other side--like an angry tiger and giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would
gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn't seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water that are
emerging on his side. When he's almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual
who isn't as dangerous as the knight thought--from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer
after all!
 
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
Author and Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins
Summary: It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make
human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she
may not be at the top of the food chain after all.