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What's Inside? by Duanne DaughtryAges 3 and Under, 1985
Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? by Tana HobanAges 3 and Under, 1986
Who's Counting by Nancy TafuriAges 3 and Under, 1987
Claude and Sun by Matt NovakAges 3 and Under, 1988
Who's Sick Today? by Lynne CherryAges 3 and Under, 1989
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron BartonAges 3 and Under, 1990
Hello, Clouds by Dalia Hardof RenbergHonorable Mention, Ages 3 and Under, 1990
Maisy Goes to Bed by Lucy CousinsAges 3 and Under, 1991
Have You Ever Seen...? an ABC Book by Beau GardnerHonorable Mention, Ages 3 and Under, 1991
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise FlemingAges 3 and Under, 1992
Fiddle-I-Fee by Melissa SweetAges 3 and Under, 1993
Arnold always answers by Deborah KotterAges 3 and Under, 1994
Hippity hop, frog on top by Natasha WingAges 4 to 7, 1995
Prize in the Snow by Bill EasterlingAges 3 and Under, 1995
Sail Away by Donald CrewsAges 4 to 7, 1996
Bear Play by Miela FordAges 3 and Under, 1996
Baboon by Kate BanksAges 4 to 7, 1997
Follow the Leader by Miela FordAges 3 and Under, 1997
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory ShieldsAges 4 to 7, 1998
My Very First Mother Goose by Iona OpieAges 3 and Under, 1998
A-Hunting We Will Go!Ages 4 to 7, 2000
What Can You Do in the Rain? by Anna Grossnickle Hines["What Can You Do" Series], Ages 3 and Under, 2000
What Can You Do in the Snow? by Anna Grossnickle Hines["What Can You Do" Series], Ages 3 and Under, 2000
What Can You Do in the Sun? by Anna Grossnickle Hines["What Can You Do" Series], Ages 3 and Under, 2000
What Can You Do in the Wind? by Anna Grossnickle Hines["What Can You Do" Series], Ages 3 and Under, 2000
Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve BuntingAges 4 to 7, 2001
Cat and mouse in the snow by Tomasz BogackiAges 3 and Under, 2001
Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis RootAges 4 to 7, 2002
May There Always Be Sunshine by Jim GillAges 3 and Under, 2002
The Teddy Bear by David McPhailAges 4 to 7, 2003
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCartyAges 3 and Under, 2003
One Dark Night by Lisa WheelerAges 4 to 7, 2004
Babies on the Go by Linda AshmanAges 3 and Under, 2004
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell ErnstAges 4 to 7, 2005
Down on the Farm by Merrily KutnerAges 3 and Under, 2005
Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue by Peter CatalanottoAges 4 to 7, 2006
Wiggle by Doreen CroninAges 3 and Under, 2006
I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr.Ages 4 to 7, 2007
In the Fiddle Is a Song: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Hidden Potential by Durga BernhardAges 3 and Under, 2007
Do Unto Otters : A Book About Manners by Laurie KellerAges 4 to 7, 2008
Peanut Butter And Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book (Millbrook Picture Books) by Brian P. ClearyAges 3 and Under, 2008
Zen Ties by Jon J. MuthAges 4 to 7, 2009
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen BeaumontAges 3 and Under, 2009
Spoon by Amy Krouse RosenthalAges 4 to 7, 2010
Higher! Higher! by Leslie PatricelliAges 3 and Under, 2010
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra SteinAges 4 to 7, 2011
Brontorina by James HoweAges 3 and Under, 2011
My Side of the Car by Kate FeifferKid's Choice, 2012
Where's Walrus? by Stephen SavageKid's Choice, 2012
Immi's Gift by Karin LittlewoodAges 4 to 7, 2012
Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David MackintoshAges 4 to 7, 2012
Spring Is Here! by Will HillenbrandAges 3 and Under, 2012
Boy and Bot by Ame DyckmanKid's Choice, 2013
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo WillemsKid's Choice, 2013
Neville by Norton JusterAges 4 to 7, 2013
Backseat A-B-See by Maria van LieshoutAges 3 and Under, 2013
No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHoraKid's Choice, 2014; Honorable Mention, 2014
Inside Outside by Lizi BoydAges 4 to 7, 2014
Open This Little Book by Jesse KlausmeierAges 3 and Under, 2015
Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food! by Bob SheaKid's Choice, 2015
The Fly by Elise Gravel[Disgusting Critters Series], Ages 6-7, 2015
The Rat (Disgusting Creatures) by Elise Gravel[Disgusting Critters Series], Ages 6-7, 2015
The Slug (Disgusting Creatures) by Elise Gravel[Disgusting Critters Series], Ages 6-7, 2015
The Worm by Elise Gravel[Disgusting Critters Series], Ages 6-7, 2015
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna DewdneyAges 3-5, 2015
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-QuallenHonorable Mention, Ages 3-5, 2015
Countablock (Alphablock) by Christopher FranceschelliAges 2 & Under, 2015

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Why Book Awards?
Reading and learning through books is a big part of the Please Touch Museum experience. Books help develop a life-long love of learning. For this reason, Please Touch Museum began honoring outstanding children’s literature with our very own Book Award.

Please Touch Museum is proud to be the first children’s museum in the country to celebrate the wonderful world of children’s picture books. Since 1985, Please Touch Museum’s Book Awards have been unique in highlighting some of the best examples of storytelling for young children that help foster a life-long love of reading.  All book selections are distinguished in text, illustration, and ability to explore and clarify an idea or concept for young children 7 and under. The award was created to recognize and encourage the writing of publications that help young children enjoy the process of learning through books, while reflecting PTM’s philosophy of learning through play. The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation is the founding sponsor of PTM’s Book Award, Storybook Ball and Celebrate Stories Month.

The Book Award is given exclusively to children’s picture books published during the preceding year, and is judged by a diverse panel of qualified professionals.  Books are chosen by a panel of volunteer educators, booksellers, librarians, and children’s authors and illustrators in conjunction with museum staff as well as the ACES students. ACES is a teen enrichment program focusing on community services, education, and skill-building programs.

The Kid’s Choice winners are chosen by hundreds of elementary school students in our target age range from area schools including those participating in PTM’s Books to Know, Books to Grow! program as well as young visitors that vote for their favorite stories on Election Day.

The first award was given in 1985 to just one book, What’s Inside? by Duanne Daughty, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 1984.  A decade later, in 1995, the Book Award expanded, and the decision was made to honor two books each year: one book for children ages 3 and under, and one book for children ages 4 to 7.  In 2012, PTM officially added the Kid’s Choice category to the Book Awards honoring My Side of the Car by Kate and Jules Feiffer and Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage.  Since its inception, PTM has proudly honored over 55 outstanding children’s picture books with the Book Award.


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