4 Children's Books Competing for the Best Minnesota Book Award in 2015

The finalists for the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards were announced yesterday, January 31st and here are the ones for the Children's Literature category:

It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale!
Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors. It's an Orange Aardvark! is a tour de force for Michael Hall, the acclaimed and bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale.

Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka

Big Green Monster has no interest in being friends with Little Puppy. But when Little Puppy needs help, Big Green Monster immediately comes to the rescue and finds that there might just be a place for this tiny dog in his giant heart.

Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas

Water can be a
Thirst quencher
Kid drencher
Cloud fluffer
Fire snuffer

Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman (Song of the Water Boatman, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power.