Past Winners

2017 Winner: Land Shark
by Beth Ferry and Ben Mantle

2016 Winner: Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
by Lynne Cox and Brian Floca

2016 Honors:
Blizzard by John Rocco
Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate 

21,109 students from 143 schools and libraries across Maine voted.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas= 3,542Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla= 3,390
Dragon's Extraordinary Egg= 2,848
Blizzard= 2,625
A Boy and a Jaguar= 2,333
Going Places= 2,071
The Highest Number in the World= 1,632
Who Was Here?= 1,568
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin= 658
Firefly July= 442

2015 Winner: Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat

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2015 Honors:
Exclamation Mark! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Miracle Mud by David A. Kelly

Other Nominated Books:
Foxy! by Jessica Souhami
A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer Yerxes
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan and Christiane Kromer
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic
Rabbit’s Snow Dance by James and Joseph Bruchac and Jeff Newman
A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman

2014 Winner: Jangles: a BIG Fish Story by David Shannon
2014 Honors:
Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
Other Nominated Books:
Randy Riley's Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Lost and Found by Bill Harley
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

2013 Winner: Won Ton Ton: a Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin

2013 Honors:
Monkey: a Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Macintosh
Other Nominated Books:
Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
Perfect Square by Michael Hal
White Water by Michael S. Bandy
All the Way to America: the Story of a Big Italian Family by Dan Yaccarino
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons

2012 Winner: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

2012 Honors:
Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo
Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne
Other Nominated Books:
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong

2011 Winner: The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

2011 Honors:
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini
Tsunami by Kimiko Kajikawa

Other Nominated Books:
Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler
The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen and Irene Luxbacher
Hurry Up and Slow Down by Layn Marlow
Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson
My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams
An Eye for Color by Natasha Wing
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart

2010 Winner: The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George

2010 Honors:
Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins
Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Other Nominated Books:
Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Manfish by Jennifer Berne
Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater   
Ten Things I Can Do to Save the World by Melanie Walsh
Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeannette Winter
On the Farm by David Elliott

2009 Winner: My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven
2009 Honors:
Bob and Otto by Nick Bruel
The End by David LaRochelle and Richard Eglieski

Other Nominated Books:
A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz and Consie Powell
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis
Hiromi's Hands by Lynne Barasch
Rabbit's Gift by George Shannon and Laura Dronzek
A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes
White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies and Michael Foreman

2008 Winner: Aliens Are Coming! by Meghan McCarthy
2008 Honors:
Duck and Goose by Tad Hills
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
Other Nominated Books:
Butterfly Eyes by Joyce Sidman
An Egg is Quiet by Diana Hutts Aston
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Probuditi by Chris Van Allsburg
Small Beauties by Elvira Woodruff
Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! by Margaret Read MacDonald

2007 Winner: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
2007 Honors:
Badly Drawn Dog by Emma Dodson
I See a Kookaburra by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
Other Nominated Books:
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Just Add One Chinese Sister by Patricia McMahon and Conor McCarthy
The Trouble with Henry: A Tale of Walden Pond by Deborah O'Neal and Angela Westengard Bebop Express by H. L. Panahi
Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin and Rebekah Raye

Carmine: A Little More Red by Melissa Sweet

2006 Winner: Jungle Drums by Graeme Base
2006 Honors:
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufmann Orloff and David Catrow
Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss and C.F. Payne
Other Nominated Books:
Over the Ocean in a Coral Reef  by Marianne Berkes
Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud by Charles Ghigna
WOW! CITY! by Robert Neubecker
If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford
The Giant and the Beanstalk by Diane Stanley
Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson

2005 Winner: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
2005 Honors:
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon
Buster by Denise Fleming
Other Nominated Books:
One-Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova
George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madelene Comora
My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox
bow wow meow meow: it's rhyming cats and dogs by Douglas Florian
Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Nelson
G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

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