Star Of The North Picture Book Award

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The Star of the North Picture Book Award is voted on by K-2 students in Minnesota annually. Winners are announced each year in April, along with the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards. Take a read through these and see which is your favorite!


Karma Wilson, Matt Myers
Description: Egged on by a ground squirrel, a dog named Doug digs miles underground--taking a detour through the White House--until he returns home, goes to bed, and dreams of digging some more.
Call Number: E Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Kao Kalia Yang, Seo (Illustrator) Kim
Description: Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, spends a busy year with her family in their new home, and seeks a way to share the beauty of the world with a grieving neighbor.
Call Number: E Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Pat Zietlow Miller, Jen Hill
Description: 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.
Call Number: E Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham
Description: An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river.
Call Number: E Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal
Description: Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.
Call Number: E Mai
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Kelly Starling Lyons, Daniel Minter
Description: Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.
Call Number: E Lyo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Ame Dyckman, Scott Magoon
Description: Shark interrupts the filming of Underwater World With Bob, scattering the other creatures (and the audience), but he claims it is all a terrible misunderstanding--that he would never think of eating the fish, the squid, the audience or Bob.
Call Number: E Dyc
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Laurie Keller
Description: Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.
Call Number: E Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Laura Purdie Salas, Micha Archer
Description: "A unique take on spring in a series of eye-opening equations. Whether it's breeze + kite = ballet or nest + robin = jewelry box, each equation prompts readers to pause and think about spring in unexpected ways. As a child in the art welcomes the change of seasons, sidebars provide more information about the science behind the signs of spring."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sal
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
Hena Khan, Aaliya Jaleel
Description: As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.
Call Number: E Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2020
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A Dog Named Doug
Karma Wilson, Matt Myers
E Wil
Going Down Home With Daddy
Kelly Starling Lyons, Daniel Minter
E Lyo
A Map Into The World
Kao Kalia Yang, Seo (Illustrator) Kim
E Yan
Misunderstood Shark : Starring Shark!
Ame Dyckman, Scott Magoon
E Dyc
Be Kind
Pat Zietlow Miller, Jen Hill
E Mil
Potato Pants!
Laurie Keller
E Kel
Bear Came Along
Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham
E Mor
Snowman - Cold = Puddle : Spring Equations
Laura Purdie Salas, Micha Archer
E Sal
Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story
Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal
E Mai
Under My Hijab
Hena Khan, Aaliya Jaleel
E Kha