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Age: Infants

 

 
2013 Awards
The Tiny Seed Soft Book
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $9.99 Score:)

As fabric books go, this is one of the sweetest. The illustrations look like Eric Carle paintings and each page has something interesting to touch and explore. The sun has ribbon rays and a little worm is hiding under a flip-down mound of green. The silky fabric pages have crinkle sound built-in and the front cover has a chewy corner with textures for teething babies. A good laptime book with sensory learning to share with baby. A nice shower gift or going-for-a-visit goodie to bring along for baby.


SNAP: Fabric books like this one can survive tasting as well as early page turning. They are useful in helping kids learn how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Single objects on the page develop knowing and naming. You can expand on what is on the page by talking about the color, shape and looking for other objects in your home that are the same color. The sensory feedback on each page makes this a book children can enjoy alone as well as with you.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Kids Preferred, Fun Foods Teether Soft Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $15.44 Score:)

Familiar images of the Very Hungry Caterpillar decorate the pages of this fabric book that features familiar foods on each page to know and name. Designed for sensory learning this sturdy book has a plastic teether on the corner of the cover and one of the pages includes a lift up circle to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. A yellow ring and red star shape (also good for chomping on) dangle from the easy to grasp green spine. A good lap toy to share with baby. Also fun, The Tiny Seed Soft Book, another fabric book by the same company.

SNAP: Durable enough for beginning page turning by independent wanna-be readers. Fabric books like this not only develop language they allow kids to discover the mechanics of how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Use the charming illustrations to talk about the colors and names of the foods pictured.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Rain, Rain Go Away!
(illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, Scholastic $6.99 Score:)

We like books you can sing with babies and toddlers. This metallic covered cardboard book is sturdy enough for repeated sharing and little hands that will want to turn the pages with independence. The familiar Rain, Rain Go Way rhyme needs no introduction to grownups and children alike. 1 & up

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Quack Like a Duck
(By Harriet Ziefert/ illus. by Simms Taback, Blue Apple $8.99 Score:)

Great illustrations of barnyard animals by the late Simms Taback. Printed on sturdy stock, this is a good lapbook for hamming it up and playing around with animal sounds. A good knowing and naming book to share with toddlers, who will love the "magical" motion of the hologram duck on the cover and making animal sounds.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
(By Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury, Houghton Mifflin $6.99 Score:)

A collection of babies and toddlers from all over the world, all doing what babies and toddlers do. Each new pair of children introduce us to some new locale, new actions, new ethnicities--but always the alternating pages show how they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. We loved the original and now this bilingual edition, done on sturdy cardboard stock for independent beginning page turners.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Mockingbird Song
(illus. by Carol Thompson, Childs Play $9.99 Score:)

Charming illustrations accompany the familiar lullaby, Hush Little Baby, but the verses here are not the usual. If you know the original words for forever, you may have trouble accepting this newly minted version, but in a sense they give both mama and papa, the singing parents some freedom to make up more new verses that are tailor made for their own little one. This is sort of close to the familiar and though some of the rhymes are only near rhymes, it works. Fair warning--if you do not like variations on old classics, skip this. 0-2

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Over the River and Through the Wood
(by L. Maria Child/ illus. by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Though most of us know a verse or two of this old song, this oversized picture book includes many more stanzas than you probably ever heard. Best of all, the glorious illustrations follow a 19th Century family in their horse and sled on the way to Grandfather's house. The sights and scenes capture a sense of another time and place that takes the song back to its roots and gives young children a bit of visual history.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Baby Hears!
(Karen Katz, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

What will baby hear? Lift the flaps on the peek a boo pages and baby will see and hear the sounds of a toy train, peeping chicks, a honking car, frogs that ribbet, and a baby who giggles. As always, Karen Katz's lively colorful art feels exactly on target for laptime readers. Indeed, her books are among the best choices for turning your baby into a book lover.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
A Kiss For You
(by Joan Holub/ illus. Caroline J. Church, Scholastic $8.99 Score:)

Cleverly designed, this sturdy cardboard book has a hand that folds out and can be used to play along with the actions pictured on the illustrations. Your toddler can wave, pat a puppy, give a high-five, hold a teddy bear, blow a kiss, play peek-a-boo, and wave bye-bye. Now this is a truly interactive book without any sound effects or batteries needed. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Green Start Little Nursery Rhymes Tower: Ten Chunky Books
(Innovative Kids $14.99 Score:)

A stack of ten little chunky books, each with a familiar nursery rhyme. The set includes Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack be Nimble, Little Bo Peep. Little Miss Muffet, This Little Piggy, Twinkle Twinkle, and Rain, Rain Go Away. The set is produced on recycled materials and is printed in more muted tones than similar collections. 2 & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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