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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Science

 


2014 Award
Can You Say It, Too? Roar! Roar!
(By Sebastian Braun, Candlewick $8.99 Score:)

A stout little picture book with flaps that reveal wild animals of the African bush. It purports to teach tots the sounds these less than familiar animals make. This is a stretch, but after a visit to the zoo, some toddlers might like knowing and naming the wild animals they have seen and this is a place you can begin. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Maisy's World of Animals
(Lucy COusins, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Another in Lucy Cousinís First Science series. This time out she takes toddlers on a tour of the habitats of animals all over the world. From the far northern Arctic to the mountains, deserts, savannah, ocean, jungle, and all the way to the Antarctic, there are tabs to pull and flaps to lift. With limited text, but lots of colorful images, this is a fun way to introduce some big concepts to beginners. There is lots to talk about on every spread.

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

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2014 Awards
Summer Beach Day
(By Liesbet Siegers, Clavis $5.99 Score:)

A toddler board book all about the typical things found and used at the beach. This is a step beyond the simple knowing and naming books with single images and a single word on every page. It is more like what you would say in looking at such a book, only it's spelled out for the reader. A companion book, Spring Joy does the same with the previous season. 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. 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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2012 Award
In the Garden
(by Elizabeth Spurr/ illus. Manelle Oliphant, Peachtree Press $6.95 Score:)

A charming small poem about a boy and his small garden. The illustrations have an old-fashioned look that perfectly compliment the verse. If only a real garden would grow from seed to fruit as easily. A nice blend of young science, poetry, and art on sturdy cardboard pages. Marked 1-3, we would say more like 2-4.

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

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2011 Award
Simms Taback's Farm Animals
(Simms Taback, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

There are amazing fold out pages in this riddle book for toddlers. Read the clues and gradually you unfold the page to reveal a very large picture of a very colorful farm animal.  This is a keeper that toddlers are going to love! We missed an earlier giant fold out from the same artist, Safari Animals.

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

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2011 Award
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Young children are more fascinated by weather changes than we sometimes realize. In this lift-the-lap and pull-the tab-adventure, Maisy shares that wonder and delight. After you share this, you might like to start keeping a weather calendar and have your preschooler draw a sun or rain or snowman on date. At the end of the week--count how many sunny days you had. This kind of beginning record keeping is a fun way to keep the curiosity alive with observing and recording what they see in their own world. For early school aged kids, look at the review for How the Weather Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate.

 

Play It!
Kids are fascinated with weather and soon notice the connections between weather and what they can do. You can enlarge on that interest by putting up a calendar with spaces they can draw on. Have them color in a sun or rain or snowman each day. At the end of the week count up how many sunny days you had. Were there more sunny days than rainy ones? This kind of simple record keeping involves drawing, counting, and comparing. You are also introducing them to the names of the days of the week and the numerals on the grid. It is also a fun way to keep curiosity alive by observing and recording what they see in their own world.

Song to Sing
Rain, Rain go away
Come again another day
_____name____want s to go out and play
So rain , rain go away!

To the tune of the Bear Went Over the Mountain.
There are seven days in week
Seven days in the week
Seven days in the we-e-e-ek...
And now I'll name them for you...
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

             A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual.

Click here to buy Read It! Play It!

Click here to buy Read It! Play It with Babies and Toddlers

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

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2011 Award
I Spy with My Little Eye
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Don't be fooled by the title. This is quite different from the many wonderful I Spy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wicks, that we recommend for older kids. It's wonderful in its own way.

I Spy With My Little Eye is designed for much younger kids who are somewhat beyond beginner games of peek-e-boo. It's also a science book that gives very young kids a nugget of information about the animal that will be revealed as you go from the cut-away detail to the image of the whole creature. In some ways this is a bit more like Eric Carle's Polar Bear and Brown Bear "knowing and naming" books. That said, the illustrations are fresh and full of vitality and the playful format will no doubt appeal to older toddlers and preschoolers. Printed on sturdy stock it is well designed to withstand the page turning of inexperienced little hands.

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

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2010 Award
All the Seasons of the Year
(by Deborah Lee Rose/ illus. Kay Choao, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

A loving introduction to the concept of seasons told in verse. Kay Choao's illustrations show Mama Cat and her kitten doing what we all typically do as the days turn from autumn to winter and beyond. The verse is something of a Valentine/Hallmark card from Mama promising to love her kitten in every season. Still, it's a pretty book for the very young.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Busy Birds
(by John Shindel/ photos by Steven Holt, $6.99 Score:)

Newest addition to the wonderful busy book series. Like all the others this is a bok to introduce kids to the wide variety of what we mean when we talk about birds. The action photos capture the birds doing what the simple rhyme says they are doing. So on one page you see a "Birdy sipping" opposite a pair showing a "Birdy nipping." Done in a sturdy board book format this and others in the series are a fine way to introduce young children to science.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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