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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2014 Award
My New Friend is So Fun!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Did you ever feel like your best friend was finding a new best friend? What child has not experienced the angst of such a drama. With humor and grace, Mo Willems drums up a drama over just such an ordeal shared by Gerald and Snake, when their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat have a play date. Though life is not always so picture book perfect, this little story about jealousy and friendship speaks to some big ideas kids will relate to. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. 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 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
You're Wearing That to School?
(by Lynn Plourde/ illus. Sue Cornelison, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

A light but meaningful book about a young hippo who is about to start school. Her best friend, Tiny, a mouse is very conservative and keeps telling plump Penelope that what she wants to wear, eat for lunch and carry for show and tell is all wrong. After hearing him out Pen turns out the next day in her original choices and discovers that being herself is the best thing she can be. On one level it's a terrific tale--on another, as a parent you may have some qualms about going along with some of the off the wall choices kids can and do make. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
My Dad Thinks He's Funny
(by Katrina Germein/illus. Tom Jellett, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Great literature it's not, but it is an entertaining book of one liners by a dad ( like mine) who always made corny jokes. For example, "Whenever I say, "Im hungry," Dad says, "Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you."  As the young narrator tells us again and again...his dad thinks he's funny and in the end,we think kids will agree with that dad. Good for some silly giggling together. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of preschoolers. 5 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Sam and the Big Kids
(by Emily Arnold McCully, Holiday $14.95 Score:)

With some guilt for the way we treated my best friend's little sister, I have confess this story about two "big kids" who try to ignore a little brother rings, oh, so true! Big sisters do have a way of wanting time alone with friends, a fact that little brothers and sisters don't seem too understand. With good humor and some predictability, the stand-off ends with little brother saving the two big kids with some help from Mom, of course. This is the best story in the new collection of easy, I Like to Read titles.

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

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2012 Award
Curious George Says Thank You
(by Emily F. Meyer and Julie M. Bartynski/ illus. b, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

This is one of the new Curious George books written in the style of the original. The stories are less complex and sometimes a bit didactic, though this one manages to make a thank you notes into something that might be fun. When George receives a thank you note for a birthday gift he likes the idea, especially putting stickers on cards. Any story that instills the idea of saying thanks for gifts strikes this reviewer as a positive idea. Great literature it is not--but it does make a good story that can be followed up with stickers, paper, markers and thank-you notes for holiday gifts. Also see, Splat says Thanks You!

We notice that online there is a book with stationary package. That looks like a great combo for followup fun.

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

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2012 Award
Me and Momma and Big John
(by Mara Rockliff/ William Low, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

New Yorkers will especially relate to this story about a stonecutter at St. John the Divine. She's a working mom who lives in a modest home and trudges home each night dusty and tired. Yet her dedication speaks to the devotion she brings to her work. When the stone she has completed is finished she brings the children to see it. Her son John is disappointed at first that her name is not on it. But even the children come to understand the community of workers who have dedicated themselves to a common cause. Handsome illustrations light up the story whether in the modest apartment or under the stained glass window in the cathedral that has been in construction for more than a century.

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

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2012 Award
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 4-7

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

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2012 Award
What Will You Be, Grandma?
(Nanette Newman/ illus. Emma Chichester Clark, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A playful dialogue begins with Lily asking what her grandma what she would like to be when she grows up. Lily's imagination takes off with a variety of choices that lend themselves to fun illustrations. An entertaining read aloud that might lead to some further occupational choices to dream up. 4-7

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

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