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2017 Blue Hen Book Award Winners
Blue Hen Book Award for Younger Readers
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
Photographs and simple text reveal the messes toy dinosaurs make at night, including raiding the refrigerator, painting on the walls, and trashing the toy room.
What Do You Do with an Idea? by
Publication Date: 2014-02-01
A young boy comes up with an idea and he keeps it safe until one day he realizes the amazing power it can have.
If You Plant a Seed by
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.
The New Small Person by
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
Feeling jealous when a new sibling arrives, little Elmore Green becomes frustrated when the "small person" knocks over his things and licks his jelly bean collection until a special night when their relationship changes.
You're Here for a Reason by
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Shows how each of us fits into life's big picture, and how the world would be incomplete without each person in it.
Blue Hen Book Award for Middle Readers
A Snicker of Magic by
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
Counting by 7s by
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Bookmarks Are People Too! by
Publication Date: 2014-02-06
Hoping to land the lead in the class play, Hank freezes during his audition and is only able to buzz like a fly, inspiring his teacher to create a special role for him as a silent bookmark that saves the show when a rival suffers an attack of stage fright.
The Story of Diva and Flea by
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.
Fuzzy Mud by
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.
Blue Hen Book Award for Teen Readers
We Were Liars by
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
The Book of Unknown Americans by
Publication Date: 2014-12-24
Moving from Mexico to the United States when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery, and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.
I Am Princess X by
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.
Ink and Bone by
Publication Date: 2015-07-07
In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria governs the flow of information to the people, Jess discovers that those who control the Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than human life after his friend inadvertently commits heresy.
Ms. Marvel - No Normal by
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.