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Age: Late Elementary School Years
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2001 Awards
The Brand New Kid
(by Katie Couric/illus. by Marjorie Priceman, Doubleday $15.95 Score:) Kids who are starting in a new school as well as kids who are returning will relate to this all too familiar story of being an outsider. In lilting verse, Couric spins a little lesson that speaks to being kind and accepting and the courage it sometimes takes to stand up for someone who is being excluded. We want our kids to be kind and often we expect them to be that way naturally. But sometimes we need to be direct about this and The Brand New Kid can help you do that.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
You Cant Judge a Book by Its Cover Cool Rules for School
(by Judge Judy Sheindlin/illus. by Bob Tore, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) Using well-known sayings that you probably heard as you were growing up, Judge Judy has constructed hypothetical situations with multiple-choice solutions. Like her first book, this is a good book for sharing with kids and oiling the wheels for talking through some touchy but typical dilemmas kids face. 712.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
A Book of Coupons
(by Susie Morganstern, Viking $12.99 Score:) You'll wish you had a teacher just once like the eccentric old Monsieur Noel. Imagine a teacher who gives out coupons that allow for sleeping late, making noise, dancing, or eating in class. Though he gets into a lot of trouble with the principal, this amusing teacher has a big serious lesson he is delivering about life! 812.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
The Sunday Blues
(The Sunday Blues, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) You don't have to hate school to hate Sunday night and the end of the weekend. With humor and affection Layton paints an ideal Sunday spent with family while Monday looms on the horizon. These are feelings most of us have known along with the rediscovery each Monday that other pleasures await (usually).

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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