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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Concept Books

 


2010 Award
One Drowsy Dragon
(by Ethan Long, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Poor dragon is so tired, but there's a den of little dragons that keeps growing louder and bigger and keeping him from sleep. This is a zany counting book with a cast that keeps growing and keeping a very drowsy dragon from getting his shut-eye. Fun you can count on without any mean-spirited dragons doing dreadful things.

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

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2010 Award
Lyle Walks the Dogs, A Counting Book
(by Bernard Waber/ illus. by Paulis Waber, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

Welcome back Lyle, everyone's favorite crocodile. In this counting book, Lyle has taken up dog walking and on each turn of the page he has another dog that joins the day's walk. There's not a lot of story here, but the counting is simple enough for beginners and ends on a happy note. Illustrated by Bernard Waber's daughter, Paulis, for whom the first Lyle book was dedicated many years ago.

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

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2010 Award
Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots
(by Ellen Olson-Brown/ illustrated by Christine Eng, Tricycle Press $14.99 Score:)

For knowing and naming the clothes we wear, this zippy little book has a lots to look at, a simple rhyming text and pages that flip to put on those wonderful polka-dot boots. A multi-cultural cast of kids add to the fun. 2-5.

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

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2010 Award
LMNO Peas
(by Keith Baker, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:)

A cast of little green peas build, climb, camp, and race through all the letters in the alphabet. There are lots of small details to pour over in this action packed alphabet. The big bold letters are shown in caps on the pages, but the words that match the letters are written in lower case. What the peas do is told in rhyme, such as: "We're gardeners, gigglers, givers and takers. We're hikers, inventors, and investigators." The language is more appropriate for older preschoolers and early grade children. In fact, they might be inspired (with a little nudge) to make their own versions of this book, activating a batch of peas with the letters of the alphabet or maybe they will switch to carrots or some very active cherry tomatoes.

 

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

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2010 Award
Teddy Bear Counting
(by Barbara B. McGrath/ illus. by Tim Nihoff, Charlesbridge $16.95 Score:)

Both a color concept and counting book, this starts off easy and gets more complex as it moves along. After counting the bears from 1-2, they mix it up with sets of two, three and more. There are some equations written out that are likely to go over the heads of young students. McGrath finishes her book with the typical device of reducing the crowd as the story comes to a close. 4 & up.

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

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2010 Award
The Quiet Book
(by Deborah Underwood/ illus. by Renata Liwska, Houghton Mifflin $12.95 Score:)

Did you ever think of the many kinds of quiet? This charming little concept book is mossy green and the little creatures that tip toe though are illustrated in muted tones that match the gentle text. There are some amusing kinds of quiet, as in "thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall" or "making a wish quiet." A good book for getting children to dream up their own examples of quiet? This just may inspire some original books of quiet or how about noisy?  5-7

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

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2009 Award
Maisy's Toys/Los juguetes de Maisy
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $5.99 Score:)

One of a new series of bilingual knowing and naming books. If you are raising a bilingual child, your toddler can learn Spanish with Maisy. Familiar objects are illustrated in bold primary colors and ready for talking about in Spanish or English or both. There is no story here, just plenty of action as Maisy and her friends play ball, ride a trike, paint, and push their toy trucks about.  Also in the series of sturdy cardboard dual-language books, look for Maisy's Animals, Clothes, and Food. 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
When Lucy Goes Out Walking
(by Ashley Wolff, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

Learning the months of the year takes time. This charming book about a puppy’s first year is a good way to introduce or reinforce the names and order of the months. It is also a book that reflects the seasons as they are lived in the northern part of the country where snow is familiar. Ashley Wolff’s playful illustrations have a quiet charm. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
1 2 3
(by Simms Taback, Blue Apple and Chronicle $4.99 Score:)

Unlike so many counting books, this one really focuses on the beginning of counting from 1 to 3 and introducing the concept by touching the objects pictured. Designed for the youngest counters, this is printed on cardboard and is small in scale for little hands. This one to one relationship is different from the kind of rote counting that little children often do without understanding the meaning behind the words. As the book suggests at the end, there is no substitute for counting real things and while you’re at it…keep the number of things you count with beginners under five items.

 

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types
(by Sharron Werner, illus. by Sara Forss, Blue Apple $19.99 Score:)

An original look at the alphabet. Each animal pictured from A to Z is composed with a variety of a particular letter in lowercase and upper and in bold and light for shading. The featured creature fills the page and other small examples of items that start with the same letter are found in blocks at the bottom or side of the page. While some of the hard to fill letters, such as U, Y and X are a bit of a stretch, this is a book for older preschoolers and early school years kids who will enjoy the esoteric choices on these few pages. They might even like making other alphabet collections inspired by this beastie collection. A great way to get kids to practice writing the same letters in a playful way.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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