The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award  is given every year (since 2006) to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the best beginning reader book published in the United States during the preceding year.
This year's winner is The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.
Honor books are:
A Big Guy Took My Ball ! by Mo Willems
Ball  by Mary Sullivan
Penny and her Marble  by Kevin Henkes