Top 10 Award-Winning Children’s Books 2017


2017 Best Kids’ Book Award Winners

 
Little girl dreaming about a story with her bearOne of my favorite sections in the library – award-winning children’s books. It is easy to see why these selections in children’s reading are receiving their kudos – these stories can transport kids to worlds of their own, stimulating creative ideas and imagination.

But – which ones are for which ages, and which ones are getting raves and reviews above the rest (i.e., the “best of the best”)?

What’s here: On this page is a list of the top ten children’s books that have received prestigious children’s book awards. The list is ranked from #1 to #10, and is based on the level of current popularity and stellar consumer ratings (plenty of them).

For shoppers: For each of the children’s books listed on this page, one or more trusted, safe and secure shopping resources are recommended to buy it online. Online bookstores are chosen based on product availability and low or competitive pricing.

Post Updated: April 9th, 2017


What’s Here:

1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña
3. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
5. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
7. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
8. Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler
9. How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
10. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Top 10 Award-Winning Children’s Books :

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1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

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Ages: 3 – 7

First up among the top 10 award winning children’s books for 2017 The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

Duncan fancies himself a true artist. He loves coloring in bright, vivid colors with his prized box of crayons…but one day, his crayons stage a protest. They are tired of being overworked and underappreciated. What will poor Duncan do now?

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2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña

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Ages: 3 – 5

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña comes in second of the ten best award-winning children’s books this year.

CJ and his Grandma have a routine. Every Sunday, they ride the bus across town, on their way home. CJ begins to notice the other kids have cars, the latest gadgets, and bunches of stuff he’s never had. When he questions his Grandma, she lovingly comes up with thought-provoking answers.

 

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3. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

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Ages: 3 – 6

Third up on this year’s prestigious list – Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick.

Before Winnie the Pooh, there was simply Winnie—a little baby bear, rescued by a World War I veterinarian in 1914. She was loving and loyal, touring the world with Harry Colebourn until she landed at the London Zoo. This is where she befriended the real-life little boy, Christopher Robin.

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4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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Ages: 8 – 12

Another worthy addition to the best award-winning kids’ books — Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Choose Kind is an acceptance movement that aims to abolish bullying—and this book started it all. August Pullman was born with a facial deformity, one that has made him the butt of the jokes before. At a new school, he discovers kindness, companionship, and loyalty in better, nicer friends.

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5. Waiting by Kevin Henkes

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Ages: 4 – 8

Hitting 5th among the children’s books award-winners for 2017 is Waiting by Kevin Henkes.

On a windowsill sit five stuffed animals—a wise owl, an antsy rabbit, a plump pig, a classic teddy bear, and a curious pup. And they are all waiting for something. But what? This heartfelt book addresses growing up; how kids always feel like they are waiting for something bigger.

 

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6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Ages: 4 – 8

An all-time favorite of mine – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak also manages a position among 2017’s best kids’ award-winning books.

Let the wild rumpus start! I looove this book and that quote is a childhood favorite that I can remember shouting on the playground. Max is a grumpy boy, sent to bed without supper. So, he builds a boat to escape to Where the Wild Things Are. Such-a timeless read.

 

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7. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Ages: 9 – 12

Making it to #7 on the list – The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

In the times of World War II, nine-year-old Ada is a curious, adventurous little girl, but she was born with a twisted foot. Her mother, a cruel woman, keeps Ada confined in a one-bedroom apartment, out of shame. So, of course, Ada escapes, consciously choosing a life with more experiences.

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8. Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler

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Ages: 6 – 7

Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler holds its own among children’s award winning books in 2017 at #8.

Mo Jackson is a little gent with bigger-than-life ambitions. He wants to play football, but he is bullied because of his small size and short stature. Big bummer for little Mo. Nicknamed “butterfingers,” Mo is down-and-out until his coach gives him a few encouraging words of wisdom, compassion, and friendship.

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9. How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan

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Ages: 5 – 8

Fun! Making it to the 9th spot on the list – How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan.

Great gift for both grandmothers and grandchildren. This quirky, cute story is about a little girl who teaches kiddos all the ins-and-outs for “babysitting” a grandma. First, there has to be a sleepover. Then of course, there has to be cuddles…you know, to make grandma feel happy, loved, and safe.

 

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10. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

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Ages: 2 – 6

The final addition to the top ten list of chidren’s book award winners for 2017 – which happens to be my favorite children’s book of all time – is Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems.

If we have learned anything from the Pigeon series, it’s that Pigeon is relentless, a little bit snarky, and silly. In this book, that pesky Pigeon wants to drive a bus. No lie. He thinks he is totally qualified, and he pleads, begs, and makes his case throughout the story.

 

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Update note: This Top 10 Award-Winning Children’s Books 2017  page was modified to reflect current

information on April 9th, 2017.

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