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Previous Bridge to Reading Winners

2013: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

2014: It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle

2015: Don't Push the Button  by Bill Cotter

2016: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

2017: Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

2018: This is Not a Cat  by David LaRochelle

2019: Monster's New Undies by Samantha Berger

2020: There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

2021: The Yawns are Coming by Christopher Eliopoulos

2022: Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

2023: Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty

Previous Nominees

Click on a title to view the accompanying storytime lesson plan. An * indicates that year's winner.

2013 Nominees

Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

Perfect Square by Michael H all

Oh No, George by Chris Haughton

*Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

If  You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani

2015 Nominees

Digger Dog by William Bee

Row Row Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

*Don't Push the Button by Bill Cotter

Little Nelly's Big Book by Pippa Goodhart

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin

Windblown by Edouard Manceau

Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy

I'm My Own Dog by David Stein

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

2017 Nominees

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tedgh Bentley

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe by Jane Cabrera

So Cozy by Lerryn Korda

Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

*Groovy Joe Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

Still a Gorilla by Kim Norman

Don't Wake up the Tiger  by Britta Teckentrup

Simon's New Bed by Christian Trimmer

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

What to do with a Box by Jane Yolen

2019 Nominees

Life on Mars by John Agee

Pretty Kitty by Karen Beaumont

*Monster's New Undies by Samantha Berger

Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske

A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller

We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins

Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees

Eat Pete by Michael Rex

Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer

Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini

2021 Nominees

Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

*The Yawns are Coming! by Christopher Eliopoulos

Swim Swim Sink by Jenn Harney

We Will Rock our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

Saturday by Oge Mora

Bear Came Along by Richard Morris

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Library Books are Not for Eating! by Todd Tarplay

2014 Nominees

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira

*It's a Tiger by David Larochelle

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

One Special Day by Lola Schaefer

Find a Cow Now by Janet Stevens

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

2016 Nominees

Bunnies!!! by Karen Atteberry

Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont

This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

Wolfie, the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

*The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Meet Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle

Little White Fish by Guido Van Genechten

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

2018 Nominees

Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas

*This is Not a Cat by David LaRochelle

Where is Bear?  by Jonathan Bentley

The Giant Jumperee by Julie Donaldson

Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed!  by Candace Fleming

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner by Julie Gassman

There's a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

2020 Nominees

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer

Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner

Gator, Gator, Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

Beware the Monster by Michaël Escoffier

The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story by Rory Feek

*There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Why the Face? by Jean Jullien

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

Fear the Bunny by Richard T. Morris

2022 Nominees

Not Now, Cow by Tammi Sauer

Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison

One-osaurus, Two-osaurus by Kim Norman

The Bear in My Family by Maya Tatsukawa

*Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

One of These is Not like the Others by Barney Saltzberg

Hey, Who Made This Mess? by Primo Gallanosa

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Red

Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It)  by Carrie Finison

Five Fuzzy Chicks  by Dianne Murray

2023 Nominees

Don't Eat Bees by Dev Petty

Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Crocodile Hungry by Eija Sumner

Bus Stop by Angela H. Dale

Best Day Ever by Marilyn Singer

Animals Go Vroom by Abi Cushman

We All Play by Julie Flett

Whose Bones Are Those? by Chihiro Takeuchi

I'm Hungry! ¡Tengo Hambre! by Angela Dominguez

*Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty

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