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Chickadee 2022-2023: Home
Chickadee Award nominees for 2022-2023
Chez Bob by Bob SheaFrom the hilarious author of Who Wet My Pants?, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, and the Dinosaur Vs. series comes a kid-pleasing read-aloud about a devious alligator who learns to love! Welcome to Chez Bob, which seems like a real restaurant...until you realize...it's on an alligator's NOSE! Bob's got a hidden plan for his customers: "Birds will come to eat, but I will eat the birds!" As they fly in from all over the world to dine on Bob's face, something starts to happen that takes the lazy, hungry reptile by surprise -- the birds stay. "More yummy birds!" he rejoices -- he'll want for nothing! But when the time is right, will Bob make the right choice? Comic genius Bob Shea cooks up a tasty tale that proves anyone, even hungry alligators, can have a change of heart and learn to be a good friend.
Publication Date: 2021-09-28
When Langston Dances by Kaija Langley; Keith Mallett (Illustrator)A young Black boy dreams of dancing in this exuberant, buoyant picture book celebrating the beauty of dance, and the wonder of Black Boy Joy--perfect for fans of Firebird and Crown! Langston likes basketball okay, but what he loves is to dance--ever since he saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Company perform. He longs to twirl into a pirouette, whirl into a piqué. He wants to arabesque and attitude, grand battement and grand jeté. When he walks, the whole street is his stage. With his neighborhood cheering him on, will Langston achieve his dream?
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
This Very Tree by Sean RubinA month after the attacks on 9/11, a discovery was made at Ground Zero: a tree had endured the destruction. Dubbed the "Survivor Tree," its roots were snapped and burned and its branches broken. But in the thoughtful care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the surviving Callery pear was nursed back to health. This is the story of that tree--its journey out from underneath the rubble, its recovery in the Bronx, and its eventual return home to the 9/11 Memorial--and of a nation in recovery. Honoring the legacy of the World Trade Center, the bravery of first responders, and the resilience of the city of New York, This Very Tree is a gorgeous, heartrending picture book whose triumphant story of survival speaks to America's past while looking toward its future.
Publication Date: 2021-05-11
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler; Loren Long (Illustrator)Buildings, bridges, and books don't exist without the workers who are often invisible in the final product, as this joyous and profound picture book reveals from acclaimed author of The Christmas Boot Lisa Wheeler and New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love Loren Long All across this great big world, jobs are getting done by many hands in many lands. It takes much more than ONE. Gorgeously written and illustrated, this is an eye-opening exploration of the many types of work that go into building our world--from the making of a bridge to a wind farm, an amusement park, and even the very picture book that you are reading. An architect may dream up the plans for a house, but someone has to actually work the saws and pound the nails. This book is a thank-you to the skilled women and men who work tirelessly to see our dreams brought to life.
Publication Date: 2021-03-23
Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)Two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall spins a winning tale about Max, a feline whose behavior doesn't win any raves, except from the boy who believes in him and finds a way to turn a negative into a positive. When a boy is FINALLY allowed to get a cat, he has no doubts about which one to bring home from the shelter. But Max the cat isn't quite what the family expected. He shuns the toy mouse, couldn't care less about the hand-knitted sweater, and spends most of his time facing the wall. One by one, the family gives up on Max, but the boy loves his negative cat so much, he'll do anything to keep him. Even the thing he dreads most- practicing his reading. Which, as it turns out, makes everything positive!
Publication Date: 2021-08-31
Lunch Every Day by Kathryn OtoshiEvery day Jimmy takes 'Skinny Kid's' lunch at school. No way will he be caught dead standing in that FREE LUNCH line. Even when he's called into the principal's office, Jimmy just shrugs. "Yeah. Whatever." Until a surprising act of kindness stops him in his tracks. For a split second a door cracks open into Jimmy's heart. Who knows? Maybe he'll just kick that door right open.
Publication Date: 2021-10-19
Kiyoshi's Walk by Mark Karlins; Nicole Wong (Illustrator)Where do poems come from? This beautiful picture book about a young aspiring poet and his grandfather shows that the answer lies all around us--if we take the time to look. After Kiyoshi watches his grandfather, Eto, compose his delicate haiku, he wonders out loud: "Where do poems come from?" His grandfather answers by taking him on a walk through their city, where they see a cat perched on a hill of oranges; hear the fluttering of wings; imagine what's behind a tall wall; and discuss their walk, with each incident inspiring a wonderful new haiku from Eto. As Kiyoshi discovers that poems come from the way the world outside of us meets the world within each of us, he also finds the courage to write a haiku of his own. This lovely book will speak to any reader who treasures poetry, city life, grandparents, or the beauty of the everyday.
Publication Date: 2021-03-09
The First Blade of Sweetgrass by Gabriel Frey; Nancy Baker (Illustrator); Suzanne GreenlawMusquon must overcome her impatience while learning to distinguish sweetgrass from other salt marsh grasses, but slowly the spirit and peace of her surroundings speak to her, and she gathers sweetgrass as her ancestors have done for centuries, leaving the first blade she sees to grow for future generations. This sweet, authentic story from a Maliseet mother and her Passamaquoddy husband includes backmatter about traditional basket making and a Wabanaki glossary.
Publication Date: 2021-08-10
Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson; Eve Farb (Illustrator)Clovis used to struggle with his temper, but ever since he took over his late grandmother's china shop, he's been learning how to manage it. He pours tea, listens to soothing music, and always keeps Granny's words in mind: "Grace, grace, nothing broken to replace." But when rivals from his football days come to heckle him at the shop, Clovis faces a big challenge that even Granny's words and deep breaths might not be enough for. Readers will fall in love with Clovis's gentle soul in this heartwarming and entertaining story about finding inner peace and second chances.
Publication Date: 2021-08-17
Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds (Illustrator)Environmental activism gets a nocturnal twist in this utterly charming picture book about a young girl and her mission to save the bats! Amara loves bats! Her favorite thing to do is to collect bat facts and watch the amazing mammals fly at night by her house. But when Amara moves to a new town, she learns that her beloved bats no longer roost nearby because so many trees are being cut down. Amara is upset. What can she do to help? She's just one person, and the problem feels so much bigger than her. But after doing some research, she discovers that there are many young people making big changes all around the world. Inspired to take action, Amara gathers her new friends to help save the bats. Together, she knows they can make a difference! Emma Reynolds crafts an inspiring story about community action, perseverance, and what to do in the face of climate anxiety. At its heart, this is a story about hope and finding a place to call home.
Publication Date: 2021-07-20
What is the Chickadee Award?
The Chickadee Award is Maine's student choice picture book award. All students in grades K-4 in Maine can vote for their favorite book out of the ten nominees.
Who picks the nominees?
A group of librarians from around the state of Maine choose the ten nominees.
How can I participate?
Your school librarian will read the books to you or you can check them out yourself from your local public library! In March you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite!