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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Coping with Life's Ups and Downs

 


2014 Awards
I Feel Five
(By Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Candlewick $16.95 Score:)

Fritz has been looking forward to turning five, yet when the big day arrives he doesn't feel all that different. Of course, since this is a picturebook there is that moment tucked in at the end to make the story complete, yet, perhaps the bigger story is how many children will relate to the real moments of truth, when nothing feels all that different. It's a good story for talking about the typical impatient feelings kids have and their need for tangible proof that they are growing up in so many ways that can't always be measured in inches or candles on the cake.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Number One Sam
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)


Sam has always been number one when he races his car, always that is until his friend Maggie beat him. Did Sam give up? No way. In his next race Sam thinks he might be winning until something else happens that makes him understand that winning is not as important as doing the right thing. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Dog Days at School
(by Kelly DiPucchio/ Brian Biggs, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Charlie does not like school. In fact one Sunday night he wishes that he could be a like his dog, Norman. What follows next is a mostly amusing Kafka-for-kids fantasy that speaks to the old adage, be careful what you wish for. After days go by with the two trading places, Charlie comes to understand this. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Curious George Visits the Dentist
(H.A. Rey, et al, Houghton Mifflin $13.99 Score:)

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience. In another newly created adventure, done in the style of the classic series by Margret and H.A. Rey, here is an entertaining way to preview the event. Like kids, Curious George is not too eager to go and leads everyone in the dentist's office on a merry chase. Lucky for him it all comes out well in the end. 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

As always Pigeon is up to his spunky, stubborn ways. This time he insists he does not need a bath, even though the rest of the world is telling him otherwise. Mo Willems manages to convey everything every reluctant bather has ever expressed with a very few words, humor, and artful images that will speak to the great unbathed. 3-5

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Grandma
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

For young children the long good-bye of a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be especially frightening. A grandparent is not just forgetting, but suddenly no able to do many of the things they used to enjoy together. Even more upsetting, Grandma may act angry, even when the child has done nothing wrong. In this tender book, Jessica Shepherd tells the story with clarity, mixing in the reality without turning this into a dark journey for a young child. It's a reassuring book that follows Grandma to a nursing home with its ups and downs. Finally it speaks to the child's need to know that with all these changes, the caring comfort of loved ones is there. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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Awards
It's Not Yours, It's Mine!
(by Susanna Moores, Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

Blieka, has a new toy--a big red ball. It's all Blieka's! It's not to share. In fact, as Blieka puts it, "It's not yours, it's mine!" Yet, before long, Blieka discovers others sometimes have needed skills. A small but unpreachy storybook with a gentle lesson worth sharing. Bleika, by the way is never referred to as a him or a her--making this one hare that both boys and girls can identify with ease. 3-7.

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2013 Awards
jacob's eye patch
(Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw/ illus. by Jules F, Simon & Schuster $17 Score:)

Jacob is impatient to get to the store. Today is the big day. He's getting the light up globe he's been longing for, only at every turn there seem to be people delaying Jacob and his mom. Mostly the delays are about the patch he wears on his good eye to make his weak eye stronger. Jacob has no time for this today. With humor and not a whole lot of medical info, this lively book says a lot to kids with similar conditions and to kids who are curious about them. The afterward written by nine-year old Jacob and his mom add another dimension. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer, this is a book for kids on both sides of a patch.

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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