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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Science

 

 
2014 Awards
Flip Flap Farm
(by Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $11.99 Score:)

With split pages that can be flipped to match top and bottom views that create a whole animal or combine the top of one and bottom of another, this is a playful book. Half the name of the animal is on top and the other half on the bottom. When pages are mixed, the new mixed up animal takes on an original name. There are amusing rhymes about all the creatures that add to the fun. Call it a matching game or have even more fun mismatching the animals. 3-7

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

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2014 Award
Beneath the Sun
(by Melissa Stewart/ illus. Constance Bergum, Charlesbridge $16.99 Score:)

A handsome and informative young science book that explains how the animals deal with the heat of summer days. How the spittlebug stays cool by squirting out a froth of white goo and nestles down inside the bubbles hidden in the leaves. It shows us animals in the desert, in the meadow, in the sea all have their special ways of dealing with the sun. Handsome illustrations add much. 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
My First Book of Baby Animals
(Charlesbridge $6.95 Score:)

Though it may be enjoyed by toddlers as a knowing and naming book, this goes beyond the usual boardbook and will be worth sharing with preschoolers and early school aged kids. Stunning color photographs fill the sturdy pages with images of baby animals, labeled with the special name given to young animals. Done in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation.

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

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2013 Award
What's In There?
(Robie H. Harris/ illus. Nadine Bernard Westcott, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Newest in her collection of books that answer questions kids have when a new baby is expected. Once again, the story features a multi-racial couple. Westcott's illustrations show the baby in utero as it is growing while the text answers the children's questions.

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

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Stripes of all Types
(by Susan Stockdale, Peachtree Press $11.59 Score:)

Told in rhyme, this lovely-to-look-at young science book features animals from many habitats that have stripes. Although some of the art is a bit stylized, the animals are easily recognizable and identifiable. At the back of the book the animals are named and described. There is also a game to play of identifying their patterns. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Puppies and Kittens 2
(by Marilyn Easton, Scholastic $5.99 Score:)

A seemingly magical book that shows kittens when flipped from the top and puppies if flipped from the bottom. The information is straightforward without overwhelming the reader and the photos show the great variety of adorable creatures we know as puppies and kittens. An appealing choice for sharing with prereaders and for young readers who love pets and/or non-fiction. 2-3rd grade.

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

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2013 Award
Tap the Magic Tree
(by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow $15.99 Score:)

Listeners must do their part as they tap, clap, shake and make the seasons change in this imaginative book about a tree. There are no lift up flaps or pop-up pages. The transformation of a leafless tree happens as young listeners are asked to wiggle their fingers or jiggle a little before the pages are turned. It's a little bit of science mixed with a good helping of imagination that takes you through the year.

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

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2013 Award
Lois Ehlerts's Growing Garden
(HMH $14.99 Score:)

For the growing season this set of three handsome picture books may well inspire a new crop of young gardeners. These are all reissued in a smaller paperback format that retains the artful look of the originals. Eating the Alphabet is an alphabet book of fruits and veggies. Growing Vegetable Soup is a treasure of artful veggies with a recipe for making soup. Planting a Rainbow is a color concept book with more than 20 different kinds of flowers. The gift package comes with a poster to hang in the kitchen or a child's room.

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

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2013 Award
Maisy Grows a Garden
(Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy's pop-up action is simply splendid as the illustrations trace the steps in making a garden. Pull the tab and see Maisy dig the ground and discover the worm below! Pull the next tab and Maisy plants the seeds in a row. Pull again and Maisy is watering the plants. Turn and pull to see the seedlings pop up! Pull up and help Maisy tug the weeds out of the garden. At last, there is a crop to pick and finally on the last page some beautiful sunflowers that open. Young science for the youngest lapsitter. 2 1/2 & up

For follow up fun, try planting some seeds indoors that can be moved outside when the ground gets warm. Or try making an avacado pit or seeds from an orange sprout on the windowsill.

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

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2013 Award
It's a Firefly Night
(by Dianne Ochiltree/ illus. Betsy Snyder, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

A young science book that recalls a night of catching, observing and then freeing fireflies. Told in verse, this little story will be familiar to kids who have enjoyed the magic of capturing the blinking lights of firefly night. 3 & up.

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

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