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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2014 Award
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
(By Chris VanAllsburg, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Sweetie Pie has seen all the other hampsters leave the pet store, while being left behind for wiggling and scratching. When at last he is taken he is thrilled but soon replaced in the affections of a girl who falls in love with her computer. So, begins Sweetie Pie's journey of new owners but always on a temporary basis. As he goes from pillar to post Sweetie Pie ends up in a classroom where once again he is abandoned – but this turns out to be the magic key that leads him to his dream of freedom.

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

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2014 Awards
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
(by Kathryn Gibbs Davis/ illus G. Ford, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Before the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the world was still in awe of the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the previous World’s Fair in 1889 in Paris. A young engineer had an idea that most thought was forgettable. But George Ferris believed in his idea and in spite of all the doubters and roadblocks he encountered, he managed to build a contraption that is still spinning today in cities all over the world. For young history buffs, Mr. Ferris and his Wheel is a memorable story-especially in this season when kids are likely to take a spin on ferris wheels at state fairs and elsewhere. Handsome illustrations capture time and place with watercolors and playful cartoon bubbles that carry the story along. They say 4-8, we’d say a better choice for 6-9.

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

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2014 Award
Pete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm
(by James Dean, HarperCollins $9.99 Score:)

Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete as they learn the names of the animals and the sounds they say. A fun book to ham it up and sing along for 4-8.

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

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2014 Awards
Jennie Maizels Pop-up New York
(Jennie Maizels/paper engineering Richard Ferguson , Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Take a tour of the Big Apple with this incredible pop-up book that visits all the usual highlights of a New York City visitor's itinerary. Visit the Times square, The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, new World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and so many other sites. Done by geographic areas, the book offers interesting facts along with the excitement of famous landmarks popping off the page. A wonderful gift for those who have visited or plan to visit and even those who call NYC their home sweet home! 5-9

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

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2014 Award
Giant Vehicles
(by Rod Green/ illus by Stephen Biesty, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Look inside some of the gigantic vehicles of the world, from double decker Airbus to the biggest dump truck, helicopter and submarine ever built. This is no picture book for beginners. Much of the detailed text is done as labels in bite sized pieces of information. So kids can choose to read them all or skim and return to read another time. They can lift the flaps to get a close up views of what is under the "hood" so to speak. This is marked 5-9, but could be enjoyed by older kids who are interested in mechanical details that go well beyond 5 year olds.

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

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2014 Award
The Mayflower
(Holiday House $16.98 Score:)

In unadorned and simple words, Mark Greenwood tells the story of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom. The folk art style illustrations fit the telling of a tale that many school no longer cover in their history lessons. Unlike older books on the subject, this does not glorify their arrival, yet it does place them in the history of the "new" world and even gives a nod to the first Thanksgiving and the Native Americans who helped them. 5-8

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

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2014 Award
Body Bones
(by Shelley Rotner and David A. White, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Using photos of people and animals, overlaid with images of bones, Body Bones manages to give young readers a lot of clear and interesting information about what holds them up. Without overwhelming them with more than they want to know, the book covers basic facts about the bones of humans from infancy to teens and then moves on to explain the differences in the skeletal structure of other living creatures from mammals to amphibians, to birds and even insects. 5-9

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

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2014 Award
Max and the Won't Go To Bed Show
(By Mark Sperring/ illus Sarah Warburton, $16.99 Score:)

A spirited good night book with young Max the Magnificent delaying the inevitable with all kinds of familiar tricks that may be more amusing in print than in person. Still, it’s all good natured humor and a silly way to say sleep tight! 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Is There a Dog in This Book?
(by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Viviane Schwarz takes the lift the flap book to a new and more sophisticated level. Unlike the usual toddler flap books this one has an amusing story line. Put simply, it's about three cats who think there is a dog in their house and they are afraid of dogs--but as the story moves along one of the cats thinks a dog might be nice to pet. In just a few amusing pages the tone of the story changes as the cats and dog begin to trust each other. It's hard to say how many times this lift the flap book will entertain, but let's just say, it is a lively and fun read the first time through. 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
Double Draw All Around the World
(Mudpuppy Press $9.99 Score:)

We don't usually do coloring books, but this is a lot more and more like a drawing book that may satisfy older kids who want their realistic drawings to look more realistic. Double Draw gives young artists half a picture of some recognizable places such as the Eiffel Tower, The Sphinx, and Lady Liberty. There are spiral bindings on both sides of the book. Kids can draw the right hand side or the left hand side of these symmetrical sites and then they can draw their own version on the blanks provided. Marked for 4 & up, this is not a preschool kind of toy. They will not get hurt by any small parts, but they will be frustrated. On the other hand, school age kids will welcome the guidance that half an image offers. A fun approach to guiding drawing that leaves plenty of room for creativity.

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

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