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Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Winners


2017:

2017 BMJ Award Winner
Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds


We are excited to announce "Nerdy Birdy" as the winner of the 2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award. Aaron Reynolds, the author of "Nerdy Birdy", will accept the BMJ Award and speak at the Kansas Reading Association’s Annual Conference on October 30 in Topeka.


2016:

Dozer's Run by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza

 

2015:

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


   

2014:

Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson


   

2013:

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova

   

2012:

Snow Dog's Journey by Loretta Krupinski


   

2011:

Lousy Stinkin' Rotten Grapes by Margie Palatini


   

2010:

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies


   

2009:

How to Get a Gorilla Out of Your Bathtub by John Hall, illustrated by Stephen Gilpen


   

2008:

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Susan Stevens Crummel.


   

2007:

Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel


   

2006:

S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet by Devin and Corey Scillian, illustrated by Doug Bowles


   

2005:

Souperchicken by Mary Jane and Herm Auch


   

2004:

The Teddy Bear by David McPhail


   

2003:

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney


   

2002:

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin


   

2001:

Crocodiles & Alligators by Seymore Simon


   

2000:

Stella Louella's Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst


   

1999:

The Hat by Jan Brett


   

1998:

Piggie Pie by Margie Platini

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1997:

Top & Bottom by Janet Stevens


   
The award was established in 1996.

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Electronic Book Bag project unveiled

KRA's new Electronic Book Bag project was unveiled at the 2016 Fall Conference. Parents, students, and teachers can utilize these free electronic resources to help students engage and explore BMJ nominated and award winning picture books. Currently there are 5 book bags online with more set to be released in the coming weeks. The new website is located at www.electronicbookbags.org.

Exciting news

Bill Martin Jr.’s book Listen To Our World is being published posthumously and is available for pre-order on Amazon and at other book sites. Bill Martin had worked with Michael Sampson to complete the book before his death. Melissa Sweet illustrated the book. Plans are also set to release the book Spunky Little Monkey at a future date.

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