Chapman Awards
for Best Classroom Read-Alouds:
Past Winners

Click on the titles of the books to view the cover, reviews and further links.
To learn more about the Chapman award and to see the most recent winners, click here.

2002

Picture Books
Whatever Wanda Wanted by Jude Wisdom (Penguin Putnam)
Springboards for themes/discussion: Toys, fables, working parents, survival, gratitude, greed
Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon by Oliver J. Corwin (Abrams)
Springboards for themes/discussion: fables, outer space, geometry, sportsmanship, rich vs. poor, perseverance, parody
Yo, Vikings! by Judith Byron Schachner (Dutton)
Springboards for themes/discussion: Viking history, library research, newspapers, letter writing, play acting, patience, surprises
Fiction
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin (Scholastic)
Springboards for themes/discussion: Friendship, family, mental illness, carnivals, vintage television, teasing, individuality
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Middy Thomas (Houghton Mifflin)
Springboards for themes/discussion: storytelling, individuality, fact vs. fiction, hyperbole, classroom community
Non-Fiction
Thank You Sarah: the Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Simon & Schuster)
Springboards for themes/discussion: Women's history, civil war history, letter writing, working parents, holidays
Love to Langston by Tony Medina, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Lee and Low)
Springboards for themes/discussion: Black history/Harlem Renaissance, poetry, biography, travel, father/son relationships
Special Commendation:
Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and the Children's Museum, Boston, illustrated by Meilo So (Harcourt)
Special teacher resource containing crafts, folkloric short stories, recipes, riddles, zodiac, computer links

2001

Picture Books
Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst (Greenwillow)
Molly and The Magic Wishbone by Barbara McClintock (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Emily's Art by Peter Catalanotto (Atheneum)
Fiction
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
Non-Fiction
Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta by James Rumford (Houghton Mifflin)
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
Special Commendation:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up by Robert Sabuda (Simon & Schuster)

2000

Picture Books
Buttons by Brock Cole (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Very Kind Rich Lady and Her One Hundred Dogs by Chinlun Lee (Candlewick)
Fiction
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (Hyperion)
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill (Simon & Schuster)
Non-Fiction
My Name is Not Gussie by Mikki Machlin (Houghton Mifflin)

Many more recommendations for outstanding children's literature may be found
at Don't Miss and in the Don't Miss Archives. Happy reading!

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