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Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Winners


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.


Dozer's Run by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza



The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt



Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson



The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova



Snow Dog's Journey by Loretta Krupinski



Lousy Stinkin' Rotten Grapes by Margie Palatini



Bats at the Library by Brian Lies



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



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



Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel



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



Souperchicken by Mary Jane and Herm Auch



The Teddy Bear by David McPhail



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



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



Crocodiles & Alligators by Seymore Simon



Stella Louella's Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst



The Hat by Jan Brett



Piggie Pie by Margie Platini




Top & Bottom by Janet Stevens

The award was established in 1996.

Printable BMJ Handout

DOWNLOAD and print our 2-page 2018 BMJ Nominee Handout. It is a great resource full of pertinent information about each nominee.

2018 BMJ Bookmark

DOWNLOAD our 2018 BMJ Bookmarks so that you can help us spread the word about these amazing and newly nominated books. 

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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