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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Toddlers
Review Year: 2013


2013 Award
Pip and Posy, The Big Balloon
(By Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Young preschoolers will relate to this little story about Pip who is so happy to have a big red balloon. But then, the inevitable happens and it is Posy who comes up with a clever way to cheer-up Pip. Spoiler alert: Posy and Pip have good fun with bubbles that are supposed to pop. 2 & up

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2013 Award
Tiptoe Joe
(by Ginger Foglesong Gibson/ illus. Laura Rankin, Greeenwillow $17.99 Score:)

Tiptoe Joe has a surprise. With his happy smile, a charming love of a bear in red tie-up sneakers, shares his excitement as he invites all the animals of the forest to come see his secret! It's a short, sweet, and lively read-aloud with a repetitive refrain paired with the sounds animals make when they follow Joe. Suspense builds as the crowd grows and they reach Tiptoe's home where his wife holds their little secrets in her arms. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Rain, Rain Go Away!
(illus. by Caroline Jayne Church, Scholastic $6.99 Score:)

We like books you can sing with babies and toddlers. This metallic covered cardboard book is sturdy enough for repeated sharing and little hands that will want to turn the pages with independence. The familiar Rain, Rain Go Way rhyme needs no introduction to grownups and children alike. 1 & up

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on

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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

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