2021 WCCPBA Nominees

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Be Kind 
Author: Pat Zietlow Miller

Illustrator: Jen Hill 
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press 
Synopsis: When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.  From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend. 


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Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits 

Author: Cynthia Lord
Illustrator:  Hazel Mitchell
Photographer: John Bald
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Synopsis: A heartwarming true story of the author's own journey in fostering two amazing bunnies.

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Supporting Pages for this book:  Baby Animals by Group, Baby Animals Names by Baby NamesBaby Animals by Animals 

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The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle: The Cool Science Behind Frank Epperson's Famous Frozen Treat 

Author: Anne Renaud
Illustrator: Milan Pavlovic
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Synopsis: Frank William Epperson is a curious boy who wants to be an inventor when he grows up.  What Frank loves most, though, is experimenting with liquids.  Though he doesn't yet realize it, his curiosity will lead to his best invention ever: the Popsicle! 



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Cyril and Pat 

Author and Illustrator: Emily Gravett 
Publisher:  Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: What will Cyril do when he discovers that his best friend is a rat and not another squirrel? 




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 Don't Call Me Bear! 

Author and Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Synopsis: Warren, a feisty little koala, is frustrated and annoyed because, since the days of Captain Cook, people have called Koalas--bears and he really wants everyone to know that koalas are NOT BEARS--unfortunately even Kangaroo and Platypus are not impressed by his argument. 

 


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Llama Destroys the World  

Author:  Jonathan Stutzman
Illustrator:
Heather Fox
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Company
Synopsis: Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole, and threatening the entire universe. 

 


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Love, Z

Author and Illustrator: Jessie Sima
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer. 

 




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Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando

Author: Andrea Wang  
Illustrator: 
Kana Urbanowicz
Publisher:  Little Bee Books
Synopsis: Inspiration struck when Momofuku Ando spotted the long lines for a simple bowl of ramen following World War II.  Magic Ramen tells the true story behind the creation of one of the world's most popular foods. 

 


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Author: Isabel Quintero
Illustrator: Zeke Peña 
Publisher:  Kokila
Synopsis:  When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her Papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known.  She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. 


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Ogilvy

Author: Deborah Underwood 
Illustrator:
T.L. McBeth
Publisher: Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Company
Synopsis: When Ogilvy moves to a new town, the possibilities feel endless.  There are so many new bunny friends and fun things to do together! But in this town, bunnies in dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in seaters make art and climb rocks.  Ogilvy wants to do everything--and won't' let a sweater or a dress get in the way.  

 

 

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Once Upon a Goat 

Author: Dan Richards 
Illustrator:
Eric Barclay 
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Synopsis: A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own and end up with a baby goat. 

 

 

 

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Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Author: Jessica Kensky
Illustrator:
Scott Magoon
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Synopsis: When he is paired with a girl who has lost her legs, Rescue worries that he isn't up to the task of being her service dog. 

 

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A Royal Ride 

Author: Kristen Fulton
Illustrator:
Lucy Fleming
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Synopsis: Join Catherine the Great on a fun-filled ride as she schemes to invent the roller coaster. 

 

 

 


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Author and Illustrator: Tom Percival
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Book 
Synopsis: A young girl's sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it. 





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Skulls! 

Author: Blair Thornburgh
Illustrator:
Scott Campbell
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: A non-fiction picture book about skulls, and all the things they are good for. 





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Sweety

Author and Illustrator:  Andrea Zuill 
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Synopsis: Sweety is awkward, even for a naked mole-rat, but with encouragement from her Aunt Ruth, she begins to see that being herself is the best way to find a friend. 

 
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Take Your Pet to School Day 

Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Suzanne Kaufman
Publisher: Random House
Synopsis: Wouldn't it be fun to bring your pet to school? Now imagine if EVERYONE brought their pet to school. 

 


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Author: Christopher Healy  

Illustrator: Ben Mantle
Publisher: Random House
Synopsis: This is a book that answers all the kids who have ever posed the question: What kind of book is it? 

 

 



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Tiny Feet Between the Mountains 

Author and Illustrator: Hannah Cha
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: A young Korean girl must come up with a clever idea to help a spirit tiger who has swallowed the sun by mistake.

 

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