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Product Type: Books
Award: Platinum
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
My Brave Year of Firsts
(Jamie Lee Curtis/ Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

When she crashes her bike, makes new friends or tries anything new, Frankie finds out that doing new things takes bravery and that is how you grow up. A tender mix of humor and courage that kids will relate to as they try their own firsts.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
The Land of Neverbelieve
(by Norman Messenger, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

Take off on a journey to an island that is totally fantastical. But you must be quick, as the island of Neverbelieve can rise up and walk away. Illustrated in soft watercolors, Messenger gives the reader a tour of his imagined island with crowded pages of strange trees, houses, creatures, and people (with cloven feet) that inhabit this unbelievable place. Many pages have gates that open to reveal still more sightings and short exclamations. Trees formed of ropes, bricks, chocolate, to name but a few, are sure to inspire creative kids to draw their own Neverbelieve worlds. A fun journey to share--with so much to see. Kids are sure to return to this one again and again. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Little Tug
(by Stephen Savage, Roaring Brook $12.99 Score:)

Little children relate to the powerful idea that a little tugboat can do big important jobs. Little Tug is no exception. When the big ships in the harbor need help, Little Tug is ready. A short but pleasing picture book with an old-fashioned look that is bound to be a favorite of young boat lovers. 2 & up

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2012 Awards
The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection
(Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score:)

Chances are you grew up with these delightful storybooks by master storyteller and Caldecott winner artist, Paul Galdone. Packaged in a boxed set, this collection of four hard covered books is a bargain and includes these favorites: The Three Bears, Three Kittens, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Little Red Hen. Another boxed collection, the Heirloom Library includes. The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gingerbread Boy. The two sets combined give children the essential library of folktales every child should know. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare
(By Sam McBratney, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Good news for fans of Little Nutbrown Hare. A warm and fuzzy collections of small adventures as the little one goes out into the world with Big Nutbrown never far away. These small adventures toward independence are child-size without any big scary moments. As always, the illustrations capture the special moments (such as Little Nutbrown sitting all alone in the leafy tree or blowing dandelion seeds or hanging onto Big Nutbrown's long ears)with a delightful childlike charm. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Nic Bishop Snakes
(Nic Bishop, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

As one who is ophidiphobic, it is a tribute to Nic Bishop that I went beyond the covers of his latest.  Bishop serves up magnificent photographs and as always, a fact filled text that is fascinating. He shows us snakes as small as a shoelace to one that is big enough to swallow a dog. Sure to make a hit with snake-lovers and kids who like their books to be a little edgy. 8 & up

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
(by Mo Willems, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Who better than Mo Willems can fracture the Three Bears? The laughter began with the endpapers and did not end until the last page of this delicious picturebook! I never felt more connected to Goldilocks; who knew she was a chocolaholic! So, imagine the vicarious pleasure of Goldilocks with pots full of pudding instead of porridge. Yum! Yes. This is one big funny treat to share! 4-80.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
(By Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury, Houghton Mifflin $6.99 Score:)

A collection of babies and toddlers from all over the world, all doing what babies and toddlers do. Each new pair of children introduce us to some new locale, new actions, new ethnicities--but always the alternating pages show how they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. We loved the original and now this bilingual edition, done on sturdy cardboard stock for independent beginning page turners.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Bear in Love
(by Daniel Pinkwater/ Will Hillenbrand, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Every morning Bear wakes from his cave to find a surprise waiting for him. First it is one carrot, then two - eventually a bunch. Somewhere along they way bear decides to start leaving gifts for his unknown gift giver. Try as he may, he cannot seem to stay awake and find out who is leaving these gifts. It's rare to find a quiet little story that is filled with so much suspense! The payoff is also surprising, but a gentle and amusingly tale about blossoming friendship. 3-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Olivia and the Fairy Princess
(Ian Falconer, Atheneum $17.99 Score:)

Tip your tiara and say hazzah to this independent and feisty gal! What with all the princess toys we receive, it's nice to find a kindred spirit, even if she is a young opinionated pig, who is just not into all that pink stuff for princesses! Unlike many continuing characters who wear thin--Olivia just keeps getting better and better. You go girl! 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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