Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards


Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards is a program initiated by the Curriculum Materials Center at the Livingston Lord Library at Minnesota State University that supports two separate awards, the Comstock Read Aloud Book Award and the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award. The Comstock Read Aloud Book Award is an annual award for the best read aloud picture book for children ages 9-12. The award is named for the Comstock Family, a pioneer family in Moorhead, Minnesota. Similarly, the Wanda Gág is also an annual award but honors the best read aloud picture book for younger children, from toddler to age 8. This award is named for the famous children’s book author and illustrator, Wanda Gág. Both awards stand to recognize authors and illustrators of outstanding picture books to read aloud, promote reading and reading aloud as lifelong activities, assist anyone who reads to children with the selection of quality picture books, provide students with practice to improve reading aloud skills, and offer children opportunities to listen and respond to quality literature. Below are the 2017 winners and honor books.

 wanda-gag-gold-seal Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award
9781587263279 Winner

It came in the mail

By: Ben Clanton

After Liam writes to his mailbox, asking for more mail, he gets his wish, but soon he realizes that sending mail is even more fun than receiving it. Ages 4-8.



The darkest dark
By: Chris Hadfield

Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield. Ages 4-8



The Night Gardener
By: The Fan Brothers

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work. Ages 4-8



What to do with a box
By: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child’s most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses. Ages 3-6

wanda-gag-silver-seal Comstock Read Aloud Book Award


Follow the moon home
By: Philippe Cousteau

A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl’s attempts to help save their babies from man-made light. Ages 5-8.



Rules of the house
By: Mac Barnett

Ian always follows the rules and his sister, Jenny, never does but when she angers some monsters while breaking all the rules of their vacation house in the woods, Ian first runs away, then realizes there should be a rule about protecting your sister from being eaten by monsters. Ages 4-8



Seven and a half tons of steel
By: Janet Nolan

Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship’s bow. Ages 6-10


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