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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Easy To Read

 


2014 Award
Pigsticks and Harold
(By Alex Milway, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

For that young reader who is hankering for a chapter book but not a heavy one with fine print, this makes a fun way to transition into the next stage of reading. It's a light adventure story featuring Pigsticks who wants to reach the ends of the earth and return safely and his innocent assistant, Harold, a hamster whose love for cake leads him to a job he never wanted. Told in breezy language, this just might make a reluctant reader less so. 2nd grade & up.

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

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2013 Awards
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
(by Kimberly and James Dean, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Pete puts on a pair of magic sun-glasses that turn his gloom into sunshine. If only cheering up could be that simple, right? Without apology, this is one of those contrived message books that are as simplistic as most TV sitcoms, but that said, it has a repetitive story line that makes it a good choice for beginning readers. As an added value kids can go to the harpercollins.com website and see animated video versions of this and other Pete the Cat stories online. 4-8

Check out the HarperCollins online free audio/video, a good way to encourage kids to follow along and develop a variety of reading skills and pace.

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

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2013 Award
I'm a Frog!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie has discovered the thrill of pretending, but his good friend, Gerald simply does not understand. Once again, Mo Willems has managed with few words and lots of action to give young readers a story they can read with pleasure and relative independence. Level 1

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

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2013 Award
Stick
(by Andy Pritchett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

An almost wordless book about a puppy who is looking for a playmate. None of the animals in the pasture want to play "Stick" until another puppy comes along and the others get the idea and make off with the stick. But, never mind, the two puppy dogs have something better--each other. A good choice for encouraging children to tell their own stories in their own words.

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

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2013 Award
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie found a polka dotted ball, but then a BIG guy took it. Gerald does his best to get it back until he sees just how BIG the guy is. As always, Mo Willems manages to create a small drama that is told in few words for the beginning reader. This one really has a simple enough text for early readers to find their way through. It also says something worth saying about big guys not always being as powerful and happy as little guys think they are. 6-8

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

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2013 Award
Monkey and Elephant Get Better
(by Carole Lexa Schaefer/ illus. Galia Bernstein, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Monkey and Elephant are friends, but Monkey thinks Elephant is copying her and she doesn't like it. When Elephant comes down with a cold, Monkey takes good care of him and when he gets better--can you guess what will happen next? Nicely told and illustrated with lively art. Perfect for 2nd level beginning readers.

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

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2013 Award
Ball
(by Mary Sullivan, HMH $12.99 Score:)

Just one word and a plaintive playful dog carry this otherwise wordless book on a delightful romp. From the moment he wakes, dog interacts with family and his own lively imagination seeking someone who will play ball! Reading the pictures and telling what's happening is an excellent way to develop comprehension as well as storytelling skills. 4-8

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

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2013 Award
Dodsworth in Tokyo
(by Tim Egan, HMH $14.99 Score:)

Meet Dodsworth, a sophisticated traveler, who is off to Japan with his duck. Will duck behave? That is the question. On his whirlwind tour of Japan, Dodsworth introduces duck to many seemingly strange customs, using a Japanese word for each as he explains. Illustrations, language, and humor give a new look to this relatively mid-level easy to read story. 2nd grade.

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

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2013 Award
It's a Busload of Pigeon Books
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $24.99 Score:)

Three of our favorite Pigeon stories come scaled down and packed in a cardboard book case. Easy-to-read and lively, these are a great choice for beginning readers. Wry humor, action, and limited text instill a love of reading and a sense of success for first graders.

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

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2012 Award
Penny and Her Doll
(by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow $12.99 Score:)

When Penny receives a gift from her Gram, she is thrilled to have a pretty new doll. But what is the doll's name? Papa says she will find the right name and Penny does exactly that. An easy to read book that beginning readers, who are fond of dolls, will relate to and find success reading. Level 1.

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

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