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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
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
The Kiss Box
(by Bonnie Verburg/ illus. by Henry Cole, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Mama Bear has to go away for a while, though no reason is given. She prepares her little bear as best she can, assuring him that she will send him kisses no matter how far away she is. Though it is a bit on the oh, so sweet side, this is a reassuring little story that just might be a comfort model for longer than usual separations. Henry Cole's illustrations are as tender as the little story. 4-7

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

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2011 Award
Copy Cat
(by Mark Birchall, Childs Play $7.99 Score:)

Cat and Dog are good friends. But Dog gets annoyed when Cat copies everything she does. One day she is nasty and calls Dog a copycat over and over again. The next day Cat does not show up to play--and the next day as well. After a while, Dog discovers how much more fun it is to have someone to play with and goes to Cat's house. Soon the tables are turned. A sweet story about friendship. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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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2011 Award
Waddles
(by David McPhail, Abrams Books $15.95 Score:)

Waddles, a raccoon befriends Emily, a duck. They are such good friends Waddles even sits on her nest while she goes for a swim. When a fox threatens the nest, Waddles saves the day. A story of friendship between an unlikely pair, told in four chapters that move through the four seasons.

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

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2010 Award
Welcome Home, Mouse
(by Elisa Kleven, Tricycle Press $15.99 Score:)

Elephant is something of a clumsy character, so when he accidentally destroys Mouse's cozy little house, he takes it upon himself to make a new home. There's a simple but gentle story here that children will easily relate to, especially those who tend to drop, bump and spill things unintentionally. Elisa Kleven's watercolors capture a world with an all's right in the world--happy ending. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. 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
Sleepover at Gramma’s House
(by Barbara Joose/ illus. by Jan Jutte, Philomel $17.99 Score:)

A foot tapping rhythmic read aloud about the ultimate sleepover at Gramma's. What romping good fun these two have painting, playing, and pretending. Jan Jutte's illustrations of granny elephant and her granddaughter fill the pages of this entertaining book, with a sense of shared joy. If you are a grandparent, put this on the list of must shares. If only all sleepovers were this much fun for both Gramma and child.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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