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2014 Awards
Whose Hat is That?
(By Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis $16.99 Score:)

A hat flies in the wind and lands on various animals that all claim to be the owner of the hat. This is a repetitive refrain book that children of a certain age love, since it is so predictable. It is also a knowing and naming book that presents less than fully realistic images of familiar animals. With some prompting, older toddlers will soon recognize these variations. Of course. in the end the hat is returned to the rightful owner and all is well in the world. 2 & up.

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

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2014 Award
A New Home for Kai-Mook
(By Guido Van Genechten, Clavis $16.99 Score:)

It's that time of the year when families are moving to new houses and apartments. For young children such events can seem more than a little unsettling. Kai-Mook, a small elephant with a similar problem discovers that new can be better. Using an animal instead of a human child makes the story once removed from the child's own reality, but delivers a dollop of hope that just might be helpful. 4-7

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2014 Award
Have You Seen My Dragon?
(by Steve Light, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

With wonderfully busy black and white drawings, Dragon leads his friend on a merry chase. Uptown, downtown, crosstown, too, the boy searches everywhere for his dragon and finds everything from hotdogs to bikes, but not his dragon, although the reader will see dragon hidden with each page turn. A counting book that goes all the way up to 20 with splashes of color and action-packed images to pour over. Beginning readers will catch on to the repetitive refrain and counting the familiar things. 5-7

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

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2014 Award
Number One Sam
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)


Sam has always been number one when he races his car, always that is until his friend Maggie beat him. Did Sam give up? No way. In his next race Sam thinks he might be winning until something else happens that makes him understand that winning is not as important as doing the right thing. 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
Dog Days at School
(by Kelly DiPucchio/ Brian Biggs, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Charlie does not like school. In fact one Sunday night he wishes that he could be a like his dog, Norman. What follows next is a mostly amusing Kafka-for-kids fantasy that speaks to the old adage, be careful what you wish for. After days go by with the two trading places, Charlie comes to understand this. 4-7

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

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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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2014 Award
Stella's Starliner
(by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Stella and her Mom live in a silver "house" all week while her Dad drives off to work in his red truck. For a long time Stella was content; but then some nasty weasels hurt Stella's feelings by calling her home nothing but a broken down old trailer. Magically, Dad arrives and carries his family off through the sky to a place where others appreciate the beauty of their silver home. The story just doesn't measure up to the beauty of Rosemary Wells' detailed illustrations; a charming dual homage to the pointillists and Van Gogh with his starry night. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Big Bad Bubble
(by Adam Rubin/ illus Daniel Salmieri, Clarion $16.99 Score:)


It's good fun to be more knowledgeable than the big scary monsters in a story and these monsters maybe big, but they are anything than scary! In fact, you could call them the scardy-cat monsters of La-la land. What is it they worry about? Mostly it's bubbles that they fear and the exaggerated claims of the harm they might cause. This is all because one of them was once hit by a bubble gum bubble that hit him in the face. Spoiler alert: In the end the monsters overcome their fear of bubble, but if itís not bubbles, there's always something new to worry about--isn't there? This storybook reminded the reviewer of the 24-hour news cycle spin. A fun way to introduce kids to the idea of not believing everything you hear. 4-8

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

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