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Product Type: Books
Award: Blue Chip
Age: Preschoolers


2013 Awards
Henny Penny
(retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $8.99 Score:)

A reissued treasure, this classic story retold and illustrated by one of the great picture book artists of the 20th century. Now in a new collection of Folk Tale Classics from Houghton Mifflin. Good fun to read aloud with all the rhyming names repeated again and again as Henny Penny and Cocky Locky and Ducky Lucky run off to spread the news that the sky is falling! Sounds a little like the news on TV, too. Spoiler Alert: In case you forgot—Foxy Loxy is the last of the cast. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Awards
The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection
(Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score:)

Chances are you grew up with these delightful storybooks by master storyteller and Caldecott winner artist, Paul Galdone. Packaged in a boxed set, this collection of four hard covered books is a bargain and includes these favorites: The Three Bears, Three Kittens, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Little Red Hen. Another boxed collection, the Heirloom Library includes. The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gingerbread Boy. The two sets combined give children the essential library of folktales every child should know. 3 & up.

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

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2011 Awards
The Little Red Hen; A Folk Tale Classic
(Illus. Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $8.99 Score:)

One of three reissued classic folktales illustrated in ink and vibrant watercolors by Caldecott wining artist, Paul Galdone. This delightfully lively version is our favorite of the three. Because iof the repetative format it will also work well for beginning readers. Also in the series, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Bears. These truly are classics and a bargain, besides. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on

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1998 Award
Have You Seen Bugs?
(by Joanne Oppenheim/illus Ron Broda, Scholastic Canada $14.99 Score:)

Publishers Weekly

Eye-popping artwork headlines this sensational picture book in praise of insects. Oppenheim's (Have You Seen Birds?) sprightly verse takes an up-close-and-personal view of bugs in all their splendid variety ("Bugs with stripes/ or speckles/ or spots,/ shiny like metal/ or covered in dots"). Meanwhile, Broda's exquisite painted paper sculptures, strategically placed against a series of watercolor backdrops, give the pages depth, texture and a brilliantly surreal flavor. Readers will be craning their necks for a "how did he do that?" look at the detail, from the intricate designs of a butterfly's wing to the gleaming metallic back of a beetle. Touching upon caterpillars and crickets, ladybugs and lacewing dragonflies, author and illustrator cover a lot of ground and, thanks to Oppenheim's hardworking verse as well as the careful art, they pack in a surprising amount of information. While this finely wrought book is particularly well suited to the learning style of younger readers, those at the upper end of the target group will no doubt be equally enthralled. Ages 5-8. 

Children's Literature

You will see bugs as you have never seen them before in this informational book on how bugs move, communicate, and even help people. Rhyming verse and full page color illustrations will catch the ear and eye while reading to oneself or others. Ron Broda's award winning three-dimensional paper sculptures of colorful bugs make this a unique and different addition for a library or a classroom collection of insect books. Additional bug information as well as identification of the bug illustrations by page number is provided at the end of the book.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An alliterative, rhyming text is accompanied by dramatic, brilliantly colored, three-dimensional paper sculptures that were photographed to create the final images. This jubilant celebration of insects in a variety of habitats is reinforced informationally by a page-by-page listing of the insects depicted. While millipedes (diplopods) and spiders (arachnids) are not "bugs," most insects (class Insecta) are not "true bugs" either. All of the beasties shown are joint-legged arthropods. This is not a book for sophisticated report writers, but it's perfect for any youngster who has ever followed a flittering butterfly, pondered a spider spinning a web, or chased a twinkling firefly-and even more for those who dream of such joyous experiences. An eye-catching delight.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

available in English and French

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1998. Click here to purchase the product on

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2010 Award
Sheep in a Jeep
(by Nancy Shaw/ illus. Margot Apple, Houghton Mifflin $6.99 Score:)

Welcome back! These zany Sheep in a Jeep have been among the missing for a few seasons. Originally released in 1986, some of today’s parents may have enjoyed this when they were little lap-sitters. It’s a great read aloud for toddlers with its bouncy rhythm and rhyme. Published on sturdy stock this is a board book that you will be reading aloud again and again. There are other books in the series, but this is the best of the lot. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on

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2001 Awards
Strega Nona
(by Tomie dePaola, Putnam $7.99 Score:)

Strega Nona has become a classic storybook. In fact, Tomie dePaola has created many well-loved books about this kindly, grandmotherly witch. In this first story she leaves her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, to take care of her house. He has been warned not to touch Strega Nona's magic pasta pot, but he does not listen. Nor does the pot! Big Anthony knows how to get it to make pasta, but not how to stop it. Be sure to look for other Strega Nona tales. They are also available on DVD in many of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures series. See reviews under videos. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on

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2001 Awards
(by Jez Alborough, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

A little chimp travels through the jungle in search of a hug. While he finds many other animals hugging, it's not until he finds his mommy that our little chimp is content. Told with few words and charming illustrations, this story is sure to lead to some hug time of your own. Now available in a sturdy boardbook that will get lots of lugging that leads to hugging!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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On Mother's Lap
(by Ann H. Scott/illus. by Glo Coalson, Clarion $4.95 Score:) A small Eskimo boy is enjoying some snuggle time on mother's lap when the new baby cries for attention. Mother helps him discover that there's room for both of them. A classic reissued in boardbook. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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1995 Awards
Going to the Potty
(by Fred Rogers/photos by Jim Judkis, Putnam $5.95 Score:) In his usual reassuring way, Mr. Rogers talks with children about using the potty. This photo essay reinforces the idea that using a potty is another step toward growing up. Also excellent: Your New Potty, by J. Cole, Morrow. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1995.

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Koko Bear's New Potty
(by Vicki Lansky, Bantam $3.95 Score:) Koko is a little bear who is learning how to become more independent by using the potty. Lansky's tips for parents on their role are included. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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