2013-2014 SC Picture Book Award Nominees

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Come discover the 2013-2014 South Carolina Book Awards, where each title is chosen to encourage students to read good quality contemporary literature. 

The South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees are appropriate for a 4K-2 grade level. 

All the Water in the World - George Ella Lyon

Book coverA lively and inspiring poem weaves together facts about water and the need for water conservation.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man - Michael Chabon

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Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. 

But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is?

Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story - Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud

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A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement-- and a young boy who sees history anew.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The author built a windmill in his Malawian town to power appliances using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials from a local scrapyard. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him. 

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team - Audrey Varnick

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The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team... with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.

The Camping Trip that Changed America - Barb Rosenstock

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Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation's history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

Chloe and the Lion - Mac Barnett

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Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from—"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?).

Chopsticks - Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Cloudette - Tom Lichtenheld

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Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they follow her on her pursuit for greatness

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town - Mary Casanova

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The day Dirk Yeller came to town, the wind curled its lip, cattle quit lowin’, and tumbleweeds stopped tumblin’ along. Townsfolk whispered. “He starts stampedes!” “He holds up trains!” “He’s trouble!” 

When Dirk Yeller scours the town for something to stop his itchin’ and twitchin’ and jumpin’ and rattlin’, no one seems able to help. But Sam, who’s been following Dirk all day—and who can sometimes be a little fidgety, too—knows the perfect solution...

Here Come the Girl Scouts! - Shana Corey

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The amazing, all-true story of the first Girl Scouts and their visionary founder. Juliette Gordon Low--Daisy to her friends and family--was not like most girls of the Victorian era.

Prim and proper? BOSH!

Dainty and delicate? HOW BORING!

She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of pathfinders and pioneers, she too wanted to make a difference in the world--and nothing would stop her.Combining her ancestors’ passion for service with her own adventurous spirit and her belief that girls could do anything, she founded the Girl Scouts. One hundred years later, they continue to have adventures, do good deeds, and make a difference!

Little Dog Lost: True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic - Monica Carnesi

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On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea. The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international news. 

No Sleep for the Sheep! - Karen Beaumont

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One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night's sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat?A pig?A cow?A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

One Cool Friend - Toni Buzzeo

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"May I please have a penguin?"

That's what Elliot asks his father on Family Fun Day at the aquarium. His father thinks he MUST mean a stuffed animal rather than a pet, because he simply answers, "Sure!" and hands over a twenty-dollar bill. And so begins the sly, silly tale of an irresistible friendship. 

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin

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Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.

RRRalph - Lois Ehlert

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Don’t think dogs can talk? Then you haven’t met Ralph! He’s the smartest pup around, and he can tell you all about whether the path is rough, rough on his paws, or whether he wants to come inside. (Yep, yep, he does!)

Sarah Emma Edmonds was a Great Pretender - Carrie Jones

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Sarah Emma Edmonds started pretending at a very early age. Her father only wanted sons, so Sarah pretended to be one. Unlike most kids, though, Sarah never really stopped pretending. In 1861, during the U.S. Civil War, Sarah pretended her way into the Union army, becoming a male nurse named Frank Thompson.

Three Hens and a Peacock - Lester L. Laminack

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Laminack and Cole's hilarious book reveals what happens when some foolish farm animals decide to trade roles-and discover just how hard it is to do someone else's job.The Tuckers' farm is a peaceful place: cows chew their cud, hens lay their eggs, and the old hound rests on the porch. Everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock suddenly falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up.

Wiener Wolf - Jeff Crosby

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Weiner dog’s easy life has lost its luster.  And neither squeak toy, nor biscuit, nor TV can cure his ennui.  So when the call of the wild comes, he answers!  Weiner Dog becomes...Weiner Wolf.

Wink: the Ninja Who Wanted to Nap - J.C. Phillips

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Wink the Nimble Ninja is the star of the Lucky Dragon Circus! But-yawn-being a circus performer is hard work and-yawn-Wink is tired. It is time, Grandmother says, for Wink to take a nap. But every time Wink tries to lie down, his fans show up. They won't let him sleep! Fortunately, with the help of Master Zutsu and the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, Wink comes up with the perfect plan to find a good place to nap-alone.