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2014 Award
Maisy Plays Soccer
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

For the many preschoolers who have known Maisy and her pals since they were toddlers, this "First Experience" book, reflects a slightly older Maisy. Like many 3-5 year olds, Maisy is learning how to play soccer with her friends Charley, Tallulah, Dotty, Cyril and Eddie. They divide up into teams and dressed in their uniforms, have fun learning the game. Cousin's cleverly puts the emphasis on the fun of playing rather than the competition or winning and losing--something preschoolers are not really ready for developmentally. This might be a winner for your young soccer player. 3 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!
(By Petr Horacek, Candlewick $7.99 Score:)

A true baby book designed for lap sitters and their readers. There is no real story here, but lovely illustrations with easy to lift shaped pages that tots will be able to do independently as they get older. Basically this is a knowing-and-naming book that builds language. Readers will want to ham-it-up as they make the animal sounds of these familiar creatures—a donkey, sheep, pig, dog, ca, goose, and cow. In time, children will like pretending they are reading it themselves.

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

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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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2014 Award
Otis and the Scarecrow
(By Loren Long, Philomel $17.99 Score:)

When the farmer put Scarecrow in the field, Otis, the tractor and his animal friends cannot get the frown off Scarecrows painted face, no matter how they try. After a while they stop trying and go about the business of the farm until one cold rainy day. Otis, seeing the Scarecrow all alone takes pity on him and decides to sit in the rain alongside him. The others follow Otis' example and in the process, Otis is almost certain he sees Scarecrow smile. A warm and lovely story about friendship and caring. 5 & up.

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

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2014 Award
What If...?
(Anthony Brown, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Joe has been invited to a party, but he lost the invitation and while they walk the block trying to discover the right house, Joe is besieged with the what-if jitters. Kids will relate to many of his worries as they step out into the bigger world. As always, Anthony Brown's far-out illustrations will be amusing to some but off-putting for others, since they picture a world that is even scarier than Joe's what if's. 6 & up

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

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2014 Award
Bruno and Titch, A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig
(By Sheena Dempsey, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

The longings of a Guinea Pig as told by Titch who longs for a Big Person and a home of his own. An original and amusing way of telling a familiar tale by switching the point of view to the pet who longs for a boy. Sheena Dempsey's light and humorous telling goes hand in hand with her amusing illustrations. For anyone who has longed for a pet, this is a breezy and entertaining tale. 4-7

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

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2014 Award
A Letter for Leo
(By Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

There's a lovely roundness to this low-key tale of a mailman who never has received a letter. One day he finds a small bird in his mailbox and takes care of it until spring comes. With the arrival of the birds from their winter migration, the little bird leaves Leo, but before long what should arrive? Of course, a letter filled with cheeps.

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

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2014 Award
Me and My Day
(By Liesbet Slegers, Clavis $11.95 Score:)

A sturdy knowing and naming book about a typical day from morning to night. Familiar objects in the world of babies are shown in isolation on one page and in use on the facing page. There is a short text for each item, but basically this is a book for talking and relating to the lap sitter and his world. Also: Me and the Seasons. 12 months & up.

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

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2014 Award
Take a Look, Vroom
(By Liesbet Slegers, Clavis $11.95 Score:)

Toddlers love transportation and this is one with plenty of ways to travel with extra action slide pages. A step beyond a naming and knowing book, each illustration is named in simple language and opens to reveal hidden passengers. These are sturdy board books with slide action instead of flaps require some hand power and dexterity that may take some practice to do independently. Also see Take a Look, Bunny, on a swing, on a slide, in a sandbox and other familiar toddler haunts. 18 months & up.

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

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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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