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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Coping with Life's Ups and Downs

 


2012 Award
My Brave Year of Firsts
(Jamie Lee Curtis/ Laura Cornell, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

When she crashes her bike, makes new friends or tries anything new, Frankie finds out that doing new things takes bravery and that is how you grow up. A tender mix of humor and courage that kids will relate to as they try their own firsts.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Olive and the Big Secret
(Tor Freeman, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Keeping a secret is so hard to do. That's what Olive finds out, the hard way. After trying hard not to tell, she confides in a friend who has trouble holding on to the secret, too. An amusing little tale that goes full circle and opens the way to talk about secrets. 4 - 7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
I Have Two Homes
(by Marian DeSmet/ illus. Hynke Talsma, Clavis $15.95 Score:)

Nina's story of life in a family of divorce is, as the jacket suggests, an "uncomplicated" account of what it is like to have two homes. It is a sad tale and reads more like bibliotherapy. Yet, we think it worth noting, since it can be a conversation opener for families dealing with similar situations. Sometimes a book can open the floodgates or at least help children know that they are not unique and that others have lived through such events.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
John Jensen Feels Different
(by Henrik Hovland/ illus. Torill Kove, Eermans $17 Score:)

John Jensen not only feels different, he looks a lot different from the folks on the train, office, on the street or in the emergency room. It's the big doctor with enormous ears that helps John understand that we do not all look the same. After all, Doc is an elephant and John is a crocodile. This droll tale will tickle kids and leave them with some ideas to think about, too.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur, A First Book of Manners
(by Judy Sierra/illus. by Tim Bowers, Knopf $16.99 Score:)

A book about manners with a big dash of humor. This will make the whole notion of politeness more palatable. It all begins when a little girl meets a dinosaur in the supermarket--where else would that happen? The two have repeated encounters that necessitate predictable courtesies that children will enjoy chiming in on. 3-6

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
(Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett, Sourcebooks $14.99 Score:)

If you have a budding perfectionist in your house, this is a book to share!  Beatrice Bottomwell NEVER makes mistakes...until she does -  and it happens in a very, very public space. The concept of perfection is address with humor that will touch a chord with many kids (and their parents).  The resolution is, of course, that no one can be perfect--and that a well-rounded life includes some mistakes and an even bigger dose of laughter. We hope that Beatrice is a new storybook character that will take on other childhood issues. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Splish, Splash, Splat!
(HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Splat the cat is worried about having a play date with Spike. Mama Cat tells Splat it will be all right and reminds him that today is the day for their swimming lesson. Splat hates getting into water--it makes him soggy. But on this special day he discovers he is not alone in his fear of the deep. As usual Splat's stories reflect the genuine concerns of early school kids. It has a simple solution, but the optimistic tone of these stories are right on. 4 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Waiting Out the Storm
(by JoAnn Early Macken/ illus. Susan Gaber, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

So many children share a fear of windy summer storms with the loud sounds of thunder and lightening crackling and booming. This slowly paced picture book addresses those fears with lyrical verse and a soothing calmness as the mother explains what is happening. Though the two of them find shelter in their home, mother explains where the animals go when it storms. It is really a tone poem--told through a gentle dialogue between parent and child. Macken and Gaber, through word and art have created a mood piece in misty scenes that should give the girl in the story (and young listeners,too) a snug sense of security. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Pecan Pie Baby
(by Jacqueline Woodson/ illus. Sophie Blackall, Putnam $16.99 Score:)

Gia's Mama is going to have a baby and Gia is anything but thrilled about becoming a big sister. Without being mean and nasty, Mia's view, as the event comes closer, is told with utter honesty. Woodson's language is on the mark with each new turn of events and Blackall's illustrations capture the moods that carry this to a tender ending. Cleverly, the new baby does not appear in a typical storybook happy ending. Instead there's some bittersweet to go along with that very sweet Pecan Pie.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
My Brother Charlie
(by Hally Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete/ , Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Being the sister of a sibling with special needs can be confusing and daunting. Charlie's twin sister tells this story of their relationship and the everyday challenges of his having autism. Though there are so many variables to this condition and Charlie's story may not match the child with autism you know, it is a tenderly told story that captures the many sides of life in a family with special challenges. Shane Evans' illustrations add some levity to the sometimes heavy moments.

A specail book about autism and siblings feeelings.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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