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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Family and Friends

 


2012 Award
Silly Doggy!
(Adam Stower, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Preschoolers will love the upside down humor of this tongue-in-cheek storybook. In her backyard, Lily sees something she has always wanted—a doggy. Of course it is rather big and obviously, to all but Lily, it is a huge bear! There is nothing scary about this silly little story that ends when Silly Lily posts a sign about her lost doggy, hoping no one will come. This might be best to borrow from the library. It's a fun book but a one joke story that may not be one of those read it again treasures.

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

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2012 Award
How to Babysit a Grandpa
(by Jean Reagan/ illus. by Lee Wildish, Knopf $16.99 Score:)

Kids love upside down humor and this is a fun-filled example. Grandpa is coming over and the child narrator gives young listeners many important tips on how to be a good baby-sitter with Grandpa. From the moment he arrives the games begin and dear old Grandpa has to find his grandchild. After that there are tips on snacks to offer, getting ready to go outdoors and coming home to play good games. The cartoonish illustrations match the playful tone of this little book that is sure to tickle babysitting grandparents as well as their grandkids. 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
I'm Adopted
(by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

A handsome and original approach to an adoption book. Unlike the usual storybooks that center on bringing home a baby, this book uses realistic photographs of babies and bigger school aged kids. It stresses the idea that there are so many different ways, reasons, places, and families that have grown through adoption. This is the kind of book that raises many questions children have about being adopted. It may also be a liberating book prompting children to ask questions they have kept to themselves. Full color photos capture diverse families with children of many ethnic backgrounds.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
A Storm Called Katrina
(by Myron Uhlberg/ illus. Colin Bootman, Peachtree $17.95 Score:)

Although it is a fictional account of the events in New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina struck, the voice of the narrator, a 10-year old boy named Louis, who plays a coronet, captures some of the terror of that time. Colin Bootman's moving paintings combine perfectly with Myron Uhlberg's believable narrative that tells the story of one family's experiences as they drift into the watery world of the floods and the chaos of the dome where they went seeking shelter. Although 10 seems old for a narrator of a picture book, this feels totally on the mark. His Mama calls him her baby, but in the end it is Louis who proves he is anything but a baby. 7-11.

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
Summer Jackson, Grown Up
(HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Just about all 7-year olds get fed up with being treated like they are still babies. They resent their early bedtime, and limits on how much ice cream they can eat and they hate toys that are too babyish. Enter Summer Jackson who tells it like it is. She gives voice to all the her longing to do grown-up things like going to work and making her own decisions. So, when her Mom and Dad agree to change places with her, Summer Jackson gets a new take on what being grown up is like.

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

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2011 Award
Slightly Invisible
(Lauren Child, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Charlie and his friend Marv just want to play without his tag-along little sister Lola. They plan all sorts of ways to evade her, including an invisible potion. But clever little Lola manages to spin her own little game with the help of her invisible pal Soren Lorensen. Isn't it grand how clever little sisters can be?

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

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2010 Award
Ugly Pie
(by Lisa Wheeler/ illus. Heather Solomon, Harcourt $16 Score:)

Bear is hankering for some Ugly Pie, but when he goes from neighbor to neighbor he finds every kind of pie but his favorite. His generous neighbors gives him the only ugly fruits they own and Bear heads home. You guessed it, he's got all he needs for making one great Ugly Pie that smells so delicious it brings all the neighbors calling. Told in lively prose with lilting verse that makes this a fun read aloud you will enjoy reading many times. 3-7

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

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2010 Award
Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer
(by Kathleen T. Pelley/ illus. S.D. Shindler, FSG $16.99 Score:)

Magnus Maximus is excellent at his work. He can measure all kinds of things. However when he breaks his glasses he is befriended by a young boy who teaches him a measure that he had forgotten. This is a bit on the preachment side of storytelling, but it is done with a light hand and S.D. Schindler's delightful illustrations. The two combine to make a storybook that says something important to kids who are often so busy doing all their assigned tasks, they forget about the treasures found when doing less is more. It's marked 4-8, but we think early school years children 5-8 will get more from this special storybook.

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

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2010 Award
Mirror
(by Jeannie Baker, Candlewick $18.99 Score:)

In this wordless book readers follow the lives of two boys who look different and live in very different parts of the world. The illustrations face each other, one each side of the book and as you turn the pages you begin to discover things that are different and things that are the same. One boy lives in Morocco and the other in a city in Australia. In many ways the life experiences of both of these boys are quite different than that of children in our own culture. A thought provoking book to share with young people to follow-up with discussion.

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

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2010 Award
Miss Tutu's Star
(by Leslie Newman/ illus by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

At last, a young ballerina who does not look like an angelic beauty in pink. Perhaps Selena is a bit on the homely side and she's also a bit of a klutz, but this is a dancer with heart and spirit. She does not give up. Maybe she will appeal to kids who can watch Selena and the others and honestly say to themselves...I'm better than that. The slapstick recital that is messed up by some unexpected participants add the fun of this little romp. Angelina Ballerina, she's not. The illustrations also include a very chubby little dancer who might star in the next recital Miss Tutu is staging.  4-7.

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

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