2011-2012 SC Picture Book Award Nominees

14 Cows for America

This is a true story of hope and generosity, and the gift a small Kenyan village makes to the people of America.

About Penguins: a Guide for Children

This first glimpse into the natural world of penguins introduces readers to all seventeen varieties.

All the World

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

Back of the Bus

It seems like any other winter day in Montgomery, Alabama. Mama and child are riding where they're supposed to—way in the back of the bus. The boy passes the time by watching his marble roll up and down the aisle with the motion of the bus, until from way up front a big commotion breaks out. He can't see what's going on, but he can see the policeman arrive outside and he can see Mama's chin grow strong. “There you go, Rosa Parks,” she says, “stirrin' up a nest of hornets. Tomorrow all this'll be forgot.” But they both know differently.

Frankie Works the Night Shift

Bridget loves to draw, and she always wears her black beret for artistic inspiration. So when her beloved beret blows away, she's sure her talent is gone along with it. She searches high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even tries other hats, but none of them do the trick.

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

Mom and Dad Fleefenbacher think their daughter Zoe's hair is wild and beautiful. And for her kindergarten teacher, Zoe's vivacious tresses were a comfort. But Zoe's about to start first grade, and her new teacher doesn't fool around.... "School has rules," she says. "No wild hair in my class!" So what are Zoe and her free-spirited hair going to do now?

The Hallelujah Flight

The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country.

Hot Rod Hamster!

Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car, Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Newbery Honor-author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the medal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!

Jackson & Bud's Bumpy Ride

Dr. Horatio Jackson wasn’t necessarily a betting man. But in 1903, he overheard a stranger saying that it was just not possible to drive across the United States in one of those unreliable, newfangled automobiles. Jackson disagreed - he believed in the future of the automobile. So he made a $50 bet with the man that he could drive a car from San Francisco to New York.

Let's Do Nothing!

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye?

LMNO Peas

Meet the peas - the alphabet peas!

And get ready to roll through the ABCs.

Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don't)

With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”

My Garden

The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?

Panda Kindergarten

School is in session! But this is no ordinary kindergarten class. Meet sixteen young giant panda cubs at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Preserve. The cubs are raised together from infancy in a protected setting, where they grow strong. Under the watchful eyes of the scientists and workers, the cubs learn skills that will help prepare them to be released into the wild.

Ready for Anything!

At first, Raccoon thought a picnic with his friend Duck sounded like fun, but he’s having second thoughts. After all, picnics can be very dangerous. They might get attacked by bees, or fall into the river, or even run into a giant, fire-breathing dragon who lives in a cave! Yes, a picnic is a very bad idea indeed.

Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth!

Sophie Peterman is here to tell you the truth about babies.
Babies are not sweet.
Babies are not precious.
Babies are not cute.
Babies are...
What, you thought she'd just give it away? Well, here's a hint: It's not pretty!

Testing the Ice

When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone's fun. The neighborhood children join the Robinson kids for swimming and boating. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water. In a dramatic episode that first winter, the children beg to go ice skating on the lake. Jackie says they can go--but only after he tests the ice to make sure it's safe.

Under the Snow

Using clear, simple language, Under the Snow offers young readers a lyrical look at the surprising ways animals living in fields, forests, ponds, and wetlands spend the chilly winter months.

We're All in the Same Boat

Things aren’t going very well on Noah’s ark. The animals thought they were in for a great adventure, but as days turn into weeks and the rain just doesn’t stop, Noah finds himself with a boatload of cranky travelers—from antsy ants and bored bees to yelling yaks and zoned-out zebras. They’re going to have to learn to cooperate in order to save this voyage, and Noah has just the right words to bring everyone together.