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Charlotte Zolotow Award

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year.  Established in 1998, the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books.

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2011
Rukhsana Khan.  Big Red Lollipop
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

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2010
Carmen Tafolla. What Can you do with a Paleta?
A young Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio.

2009

Bob Graham.  How to Heal a Broken Wing

When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.

2008

Greg Foley.  Thank You Bear

Despite the criticism of others, a bear finds the perfect gift for his mouse friend.

2007

Peter McCarty.  Moon Plane

A young boy looks at a plane in the sky and imagines flying one all the way to the moon.

2006

Mary Ann Rodman.  My Best Friend

Six-year-old Lily has a best friend all picked out for play group day, but unfortunately the differences between first-graders and second-graders are sometimes very large.

2005

Kevin Henkes.  Kitten's First Full Moon

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

2004

Amy Schwartz.  What James Likes Best

A little boy goes with his parents on an express bus to visit twins, in a taxi to visit Grandma, and in a car to see the county fair, then walks next door with his mother for a play date.

2003

Holly Keller.  Farfallina & Marcel

A caterpillar and a young goose become great friends, but as they grow up they undergo changes which separate them for awhile.

2002

Margaret Willey.  Clever Beatrice

A small but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold.

2001

Kate Banks.  The Night Worker

Alex wants to be a "night worker" like his father who goes to work at a construction site after Alex goes to bed.

2000

Molly Bang.  When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...

A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

1999

Uri Shulevitz.  Snow

As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything.

1998

Vera B. Williams.  Lucky Song

The song a little girl hears describes her kite-flying adventure.