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2015 Comstock and Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award Winners Announced

Eighteen regional teachers and librarians, along with Minnesota State University Moorhead students read aloud 286 picture books to 21,988 children during the year. The winners and honor books were selected by the Read Aloud Committee, taking into account feedback from the readers and their young listeners. Each year following the awards, the MSUM Curriculum Materials Center donates a significant portion of the books to local libraries and nonprofits.

The 2015 winner of the Wanda Gág Book Award is Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press).

The Wanda Gág honor book is A Perfectly Messed-Up Story written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell.

The 2015 winner of the Comstock Book Award is What to Do When You’re Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin (Candlewick Press).

The Comstock honor books for 2015 are:

  • The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman and illustrated by Zachary Pullen (Tundra Books).
  • Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Craig Orback (White Cloud Press)
  • Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown (Sleeping Bear Press).

The awards program is administered by the staff of the MSUM Livingston Lord Library’s Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), which holds a large collection of children’s books and resource materials for in-service teachers. The book award project is partially funded by the Solomon G. Comstock Memorial Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and the Wanda Gág Book Award Fund of the MSUM Alumni Foundation.

For more information about the Read Aloud Book Awards or the MSUM Library, contact Pam Werre at 218.477.5818 or werrepa@mnstate.edu.

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