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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2014 Award
Chu's Day
(By Neil Gaiman/illus. Adam Rex, HarperCollins $7.99 Score:)

Great for hamming it up with exaggerated sneezes or near-sneezes as you read this silly story about Chu, a little panda with a mighty big sneeze. Originally published in hardcover, the book is now in a sturdy board book, the kind of format usually done for infants and toddlers. This is a story for older preschoolers who will get the humor of the finale. You have to know the difference between real and make believe to get the joke. Save this for 4-8.

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

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2014 Award
Animal Teachers
(By Janet Halfmann/ illus Katy Hudsom, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

How do animals learn? They don't go to school or have books. In a charming and informative book, they learn from their teachers, their mothers, fathers and sometimes the herd they live with in the great outdoor classroom of the world. Each new idea is followed with interactive questions that give children a chance to make the connections between their world and how they learn.

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

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2014 Award
Zoe’s Jungle
(By Bethanie Deeney Muruia, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Playing a pretend game in the park, Zoe has just five minutes before she has to go home. For the child listener and page turner there is the lively imagined world of Zoe's chase, punctuated with related but realistic reminders that time for play is almost up. A lively romp with delightful action packed illustrations. 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
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
Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?
(By Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

With humor and straightforward answers to some silly questions, this little book will answer questions children have about why they may need eyeglasses. Of the several titles in this series, this one is the most informative.

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

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2014 Award
Eye on the Wild, Tiger
(by Suzi Eszterhas, Frances Lincoln Books $15.99 Score:)

With handsome photographs in full color, Tiger follows a family of cubs and their mother from first wobbly stage to ready to leave home full-grown tigers. Without overwhelming young listeners or readers with information, this book and a companion book, Elephant capture the everyday events in the lives of young tigers and elephants.

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

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2014 Award
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
(By Chris VanAllsburg, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Sweetie Pie has seen all the other hampsters leave the pet store, while being left behind for wiggling and scratching. When at last he is taken he is thrilled but soon replaced in the affections of a girl who falls in love with her computer. So, begins Sweetie Pie's journey of new owners but always on a temporary basis. As he goes from pillar to post Sweetie Pie ends up in a classroom where once again he is abandoned – but this turns out to be the magic key that leads him to his dream of freedom.

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

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2014 Award
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
(by Kathryn Gibbs Davis/ illus G. Ford, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Before the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the world was still in awe of the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the previous World’s Fair in 1889 in Paris. A young engineer had an idea that most thought was forgettable. But George Ferris believed in his idea and in spite of all the doubters and roadblocks he encountered, he managed to build a contraption that is still spinning today in cities all over the world. For young history buffs, Mr. Ferris and his Wheel is a memorable story-especially in this season when kids are likely to take a spin on ferris wheels at state fairs and elsewhere. Handsome illustrations capture time and place with watercolors and playful cartoon bubbles that carry the story along. They say 4-8, we’d say a better choice for 6-9.

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

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2014 Award
Pete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm
(by James Dean, HarperCollins $9.99 Score:)

Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete as they learn the names of the animals and the sounds they say. A fun book to ham it up and sing along for 4-8.

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

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2014 Award
Jennie Maizels Pop-up New York
(Jennie Maizels/paper engineering Richard Ferguson , Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Take a tour of the Big Apple with this incredible pop-up book that visits all the usual highlights of a New York City visitor's itinerary. Visit the Times square, The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, new World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and so many other sites. Done by geographic areas, the book offers interesting facts along with the excitement of famous landmarks popping off the page. A wonderful gift for those who have visited or plan to visit and even those who call NYC their home sweet home! 5-9

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

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