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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Holiday Books

 


2010 Award
I Spy A Christmas Tree
(by Jean Marzollo/ photos Walter Wick, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

A smaller version of the original I Spy Christmas, this is a shorter book and easier for beginners. Using the usual multifaceted images, readers search the busy photograph to discover the items in the riddles on each facing page. The objects are labeled and therefore easy for sight readers to figure out if they are trying for independent reading. This is also a good choice for encouraging listening and looking skills of preschoolers. As an added pleasure there are punch-out ornaments that you and your child can assemble and add to your own Christmas tree.  A good pre-holiday treat to share as the family anticipates the holidays.

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

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2010 Award
Who's Coming for Christmas?
(by Kay Winters/ illus. by Jeannie Winston, Houghton Mifflin $9.99 Score:)

A lift the flap book for children just beginning to understand about Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus. This jolly little book will be enjoyed in anticipation of the typical events pictured here. There are carolers, cookies to be baked, trees to set up, reindeer and you know who is coming down the chimney.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
My Heart is Like A Zoo
(by Michael Hall, Greenwillow $16.99 Score:)

Looking for a Valentine that is both amusing and tender? Michael Hall's zany cut paper collages are sure to inspire kids to try their hands at making their own heart filled art. Hall’s verse speaks to the many feelings of a menagerie of critters, using delightfully fresh similes peppered with funny images, as in a "rugged as a moose, happy as a herd of hippos drinking apple juice." The latter illustration shows three heart shaped hippos sipping straws in juice boxes. Refreshingly original art and verse to share with your own little Valentine. 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
The Great Matzoh Hunt
(illus. by Jannie Ho, Price Stern Sloan $5.99 Score:)

A traditional game for children at the Passover Seder is Hide the Afikomen. An adult hides a piece of a matzoh and the children in the family have to find it. Although traditions vary from one family to another, in our family, the father has to buy the matzoh back from the one who finds it. This is a very young version of that game. The cast of players are a mama sheep, a papa turtle, a little duck, and a bunny. The first to find the matzoh wins. Each of the pages has a few flaps to lift with funny surprises behind them. This is not a great piece of literature, but it does playfully reflect a traditional game that preschoolers will recognize. 3 & up

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

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2009 Award
And Then Comes Halloween
(by Tom Brenner/ illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Unlike so many Halloween books for young readers that tend to be scary, this charming book reflects the changing season, signaling the coming of Halloween. Paper cutout collages with watercolor capture all the fun of the season. To follow up, have some colored paper, scissors and paste on hand for making some decorations that will greet the trick or treaters that will be coming by before long. 4 & up.

 

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

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2009 Awards
The Christmas Magic
(by Lauren Thompson/ illus. by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A quiet little story transports young listeners to Santa’s home where step by step he prepares for the special magic of the big night when he will take flight. Beautifully told with an economy of words that set the mood of Santa’s journey and illustrations that match the elegant prose.
When Santa’s sleigh is revealed behind the tall shed doors on realizes, yes, of course it has to be in such a place all the year round. Mrs. Claus is not in this story. Neither are the elves. But they are not missed. This is a very old fashioned Santa who trims his own beard, oils his own black boots, and checks that very large book with the names of all the boys and girls he will bring gifts to in his very large sack! A charmer! 
 

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

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2001 Awards
Seven Spools of Thread
((by Angela S. Medearis/illus. by Daniel Minter), Whitman $15.95 Score:) In a village in Ghana, seven brothers quarrel from day to night. When their father dies he leaves his possessions to them only if by sundown they can turn seven spools of colored thread into gold. Although this is called a Kwanzaa story, it is a timeless and memorable tale about working together for a common good. In this case, they create the very special woven Kente cloth that they sell for gold in the market. A memorable pour quoi-style tale with striking woodcuts filled with the symbols of Kwanzaa. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Dream Snow
((by Eric Carle), Philomel $21.99 Score:) An utterly simple story about a farmer, his five animals, blankets of snow, and remembering the season. Vinyl overlay sheets of snow on each animal and the musical button at the end of the story are just extra topping on top of Carle's stunning illustrations. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
(HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) A Christmas treat from the team that created If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The movie popcorn is needed for the Christmas tree of course and that's where the fun begins! A "read it again" romp. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Dr. Pompo's Nose
(by Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Dr. Pompo and the other pumpkins in the garden each think they know what the strange object in the garden must be. Kids are going to know at once and enjoy feeling so smart! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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