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Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Books

The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona.

Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween and Teen.

Can I Be Your Dog?

by Troy Cummings
Published in 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9781338602487

Arfy is a hound on a mission! Bound and determined to find a home, Arfy writes letters to everyone on Butternut Street. Honestly, he's the best dog you could ever want. He's obedient! He's housebroken! He even has his own squeaky bone! Who will adopt Arfy in the end? You'll never guess!

2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Books

Cookiesaurus Rex

by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans
Published in 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781368019064

Not satisfied with his green frosting and little hat, a cookie shaped like a dinosaur demands to be redecorated.

2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Book

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

by Drew Daywalt
Published in 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062438898

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors reveals the epic tale behind everyone's favourite playground game! Long ago in the Kingdom of Backgarden lived a fearsome warrior named ROCK. ROCK was undefeated in battle, and yet, he felt unfulfilled. So he went in search of a worthy opponent. Little did he know that at that very moment two more warriors were setting forth with the very same idea. When ROCK collides with SCISSORS from the village of Junk Drawer, and the ferocious PAPER, who hails from the Empire of Mum's Study, an epic and hilarious battle ensues. And the rest, as they say, is history.

2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Book

Memoirs of a Hamster

by Devlin Scillian
Published in 2017 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9781627530088

A pet hamster is enticed by the family cat to venture outside his well-equipped cage to the sunroom only to very quickly discover life outside his cage is not the best for him.

2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Book

Monsters Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman
Published in 2016 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9781481442534

Monsters of all shapes and sizes, from all parts of the world and beyond, love one thing more than being scary, and that is a fancy pair of underpants.

2017 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Book

Mustache Baby

by Bridget Heos
Published in 2013 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780547773575

A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure our if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache.

2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Book

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt
Published in 2013 by Philomel Books
ISBN: 9780399255373

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking -- each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

Creepy Carrots!

by Aaron Reynolds
Published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442402973

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

2014 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

Art & Max

by David Wiesner
Published in 2010 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780618756636

Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

Duck! Rabbit!

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Published in 2009 by Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811868655

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

I Need My Monster

by Amanda Noll / Illustrated Howard McWilliam
Published in 2009 by Flashlight Press
ISBN: 9780979974625

When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note saying that Gabe has gone fishing and will be back in a week. He tries out several substitute monsters, but finds that none are as perfect as Gabe.

2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books


by Melanie Watt
Published in 2007 by Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781554531400

As the author/illustrator attempts to create a picture book about a mouse in a house, her rotund feline Chester sends the mouse packing and attempts to rewrite the story with his handy red marker.

2010 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm

by Jerdine Nolen
Published in 1994 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
ISBN: 9780688078874

A child ventures out in the middle of the night to see how Harvey Potter grows his wonderful balloons.

1998 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

The Toll Bridge Trolll

by Patricia Rae Wolff
Published in 1995 by Harcourt Brace
ISBN: 9780152021054

A troll tries to prevent Trigg from crossing the bridge on the way to school only to be outwitted the boy's riddles.

1997 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

Soft Child: How Rattlesnake Got Its Fangs

by Joe Hayes
Published in 1993 by Harbinger House
ISBN: 9780943173894

When his warning rattle fails to protect Soft Child from the other desert creatures, the Sky God equips him with a powerful way to defend himself.

1996 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

by Eugene Trivizas
Published in 1993 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9780689505690

An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

1995 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Picture Books

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