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Product Type: Books
Award: Platinum
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook
(Matthew Mead, Downtown Bookworks $18.99 Score:)

Getting kids (especially boys) into cooking just got easier with this Super Hero themes cookbook. Illustrated in full color photos for eye appeal, some recipes call for food coloring, others use cookie cutters with Super Hero symbols (not included), and still others foods are decorated with colored sugar or paprika with the sturdy stencils that are in the back of the book. Kids will also like the punch-our action figures that can be taped to toothpicks and used to decorate foods. For picky eaters, this just might make certain foods more appealing. A Man of Steel Burger has a Superman shield made of cheese and ketchup; while red and yellow pepper stars are cut out to decorate Wonder Woman pizzas. If you are planning a themed party this will help you add shazam to the food choices. There are power drinks, mighty main dishes, sweet treats, hero sandwiches, naturally, and even breakfasts for a flying start! 

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Animal Book:A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest,Cleverest...
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $21.99 Score:)

A stunning combination of collage animal images and information fill this big book with facts about the fastest, fiercest, cleverest and more creatures of the world. A fascinating book to dip into rather than one you must read from front to back. Want to know about how their eyes work? How they defend themselves? Their family life? Steve Jenkins goes well beyond the usual. He includes images and facts about creatures that push kids out of their comfort zone. For kids who like making art, Jenkins gives them a look at how he works to create the collages and a timeline for making a book. 6-10

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Journey
(by Aaron Becker, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Remember little Harold with his Purple Crayon? Flash forward to a somewhat older girl with a magical red crayon in her lonely room. When her parents are too busy to give her the time of day, she draws her way out of her confining home and into a world where quick thinking and her magic crayon transport her on a wondrous journey that goes far beyond the imaginary world of Harold's. A wordless page-turning adventure that children can tell in their own words or silently to themselves. A keeper!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Silver Button
(Bob Graham, Candlewick $19 Score:)

On the same day that Jodie put a silver button on the duck she is drawing and her little brother took his first steps, Bob Graham gives us a world-wide view of all the things that are going on just outside their window and beyond. It's a big idea that may be more adult-like than one little children can put their arms around. That said, the illustrations are evocative and the idea is worth introducing to feed the imagination and a sense of the bigger world. To bring it closer to home, why not talk about what you thing others you know are doing at this very moment while you are sharing a storybook.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Year of the Jungle
(by Suzanne Collins/ illus. James Promimos, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

A remarkable memoir, written from the point of view of first grader whose father has gone off to war. Suzanne Collins'(author of Hunger Games) father was deployed for a year during the Viet Nam war.  But war is war, and for those who are dealing with or have known the separation and rollercoaster of emotions, this says it all. Even the happy ending is more realistic than most and better than the reality was for too many. 6 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Tallulah's Nutcracker
(Clarion $16.99 Score:)

When Tallulah is chosen to be a mouse with a real ballet company she has great dreams of being a star. To become a professional dancer is her dream. All goes well until the night opening night when Tallulah's dreams get tripped up. For all the little ballerinas who will be going to The Nutcracker ( or perhaps dancing in one) Tallulah's story will resonate and reassure them, too. Bravo, Tallulah! 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Grandfather's Journey
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Twenty years have passed since this moving classic was first published and won the Caldecott Award. Allen Say's stunning paintings capture a time past and tell the story of his grandfather's love for two countries and his longing to be in both. Though not all immigrants could or would return to the land they left behind, Say's story speaks to a deeper longing for the happy places and people we have loved, those places and people we keep in our hearts wherever we may be. Grandfather's Journey is set in both America and Japan, but it is a universal story of love and longa multi-generational book about all of us. A new 30th anniversary edition is now available as a free audio download (read by the author) on the publisher's website.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Coral Reefs
(Seymour SImon, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Newest in Seymour Simon's excellent collection of young science books. His clear prose and the full color photos give readers a close-up look at the colorful world that thrives just off tropical sunny shores. Simon never talks down to his readers, but helps them stretch as he opens new views of living things in the sea. Read it aloud to your 6-7 or bring it home for 8's and up to read on their own.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
(by Mark Teague, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Somehow variations on the Three Little Pigs keep coming and in the hands of Mark Teague, both the telling and the showing make for a very merry romp. Here a somewhat bad wolf goes through his usual paces at the usual straw and stick places. But when he gets to the brick house you are in for a surprise. It should be no surprise that the smart pig with the bow on her head is the one who is clever enough to build her house of bricks. Like so many of her gender she is able to predict outcomes. But, here's the spoiler alert: There is no chimney scene and all's well that ends well. It's easy to imagine what fun it could be hamming it up (oops, couldn't resist) as you share this fractured tale. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
It's a Busload of Pigeon Books
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $24.99 Score:)

Three of our favorite Pigeon stories come scaled down and packed in a cardboard book case. Easy-to-read and lively, these are a great choice for beginning readers. Wry humor, action, and limited text instill a love of reading and a sense of success for first graders.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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