The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award: Nominations Due Valentines

13 Feb

If the Llama Llama books have been favorite read-alouds in your life, then you’d love the way Penguin Young Readers, Every Child a Reader, and the Children’s Book Council are honoring Anna Dewdney- with an award that encourages reading as a bonding experience.


You can nominate up to 5 picture books released in the past 5 years which are “a superb read aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.” Nominations run through Valentines Day and the winner announced during Children’s Book Week which will be April 30th to May 6th this year!

More details and the nomination form can be found here.


I decided to read the books that won during its inaugural year so here are my reviews.

Last Stop on Market StreetLast Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Christian Robinson has become an illustrator whose books I always look forward to reading. This one is no exception. Matt de la Pena writes a wonderful story about the beauty of one’s city told through the relationship of a boy and his grandmother.”

That was my review when I first read it last year. And it’s been one of my favorite books to recommend. After sweeping the ALA YMA, I wanted to reread it, especially for the text only but I couldn’t help starting over yet again- so caught up I was with the illustrations.

It is a darn good story.

Mother BruceMother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bear becomes an unlikely mother figure to goslings when his breakfast eggs hatch! A fun story about how one family comes to be.

Edward Gets MessyEdward Gets Messy by Rita Meade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I checked this picture book out after discovering it was the inaugural winner of the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award.

A cute story about a particular pig whose tendency to not want to get dirty prohibits him from enjoying certain things. Until one day and one spot of paint changes his whole outlook.

TobyToby by Hazel Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet story based on the author’s real life about adopting a dog from their local shelter. Little does the boy know how much work getting a dog is especially when it comes with its own baggage. Ultimately, it’s a lesson in patience and friendship.

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in HaikuWon-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A picture book told in mini chapters and in haiku about an adopted cat getting used to his new home.

Have you read any of these?

Which picture book would you like to get the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award?

Don’t forget to vote now!


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