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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Science

 


2013 Award
Lois Ehlerts's Growing Garden
(HMH $14.99 Score:)

For the growing season this set of three handsome picture books may well inspire a new crop of young gardeners. These are all reissued in a smaller paperback format that retains the artful look of the originals. Eating the Alphabet is an alphabet book of fruits and veggies. Growing Vegetable Soup is a treasure of artful veggies with a recipe for making soup. Planting a Rainbow is a color concept book with more than 20 different kinds of flowers. The gift package comes with a poster to hang in the kitchen or a child's room.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Maisy Grows a Garden
(Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy's pop-up action is simply splendid as the illustrations trace the steps in making a garden. Pull the tab and see Maisy dig the ground and discover the worm below! Pull the next tab and Maisy plants the seeds in a row. Pull again and Maisy is watering the plants. Turn and pull to see the seedlings pop up! Pull up and help Maisy tug the weeds out of the garden. At last, there is a crop to pick and finally on the last page some beautiful sunflowers that open. Young science for the youngest lapsitter. 2 1/2 & up

For follow up fun, try planting some seeds indoors that can be moved outside when the ground gets warm. Or try making an avacado pit or seeds from an orange sprout on the windowsill.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
It's a Firefly Night
(by Dianne Ochiltree/ illus. Betsy Snyder, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

A young science book that recalls a night of catching, observing and then freeing fireflies. Told in verse, this little story will be familiar to kids who have enjoyed the magic of capturing the blinking lights of firefly night. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Award
What Happens Next?
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Marc Boutavant, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

Young science that will captivate preschoolers. Each animal is on the brink of an action. A chameleon with a long tongue spots a grasshopper. What happens next? Turn the half page and zap the grasshopper is about to be history. A bee is in a patch of flowers. What happens next? Turn the half page and see inside the hive. This action packed little book is playful, suspenseful and full of information. Also see Who Lives Here? from the same team. Flip the flaps and find out who lives in a variety of habitats. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
I Spy Under the Sea
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

With cut out openings that allow for previewing what comes next, this young science book introduces beginners to a number of sea creatures. It begins with seven clown fish and counts down to one shark. There is not a good reason for the creatures chosen, nor do the hints really define them in a unique way. That said, this is a simple counting book with an ocean setting. Edward Gibbs' underwater art fills the pages with active and attractive sea life on sturdy stock pages.  Preschoolers will like the peek-a-boo format that shows them part to whole images. 3 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Just Ducks
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

As a kid, going to the park to feed the ducks was a weekly treat. All the stale bread of the week was saved in a special bag that we took to the Bronx Zoo on Sunday morning. This little book might have added much to those trips. Most kids don't have the language that describes all the doings of the ducks. Here, in the middle of the city, on a duck pond, we get up close for a good look at how the ducks eat, preen, dabble, and attract mates. The narrative is augmented with clear factoids that better define the typical actions of Mallards. A nice young science book that will extend what kids can see if feeding the ducks is on your agenda. 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
Dolphin Baby!
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Through painterly illustrations and clearly written prose, young readers follow a dolphin baby and its mother from the first breath through the major events of the first six months of life. The simple telling is done in print and extra information is printed in cursive style. Use it as a read aloud or share the reading with young readers who are learning to decode the two very different styles of the written word.

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

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2012 Award
Eggs 1-2-3, Who Will the Babies Be?
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus. Besty Thompson, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs. We see the eggs in nests, meadow grass, on green leaves, and in the seas and sand. Each new set of eggs is introduced in its habitat and then hatched on the fold out page. Muted colors go well with the quiet text. A good book for talking about the many kinds of eggs in our world.

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

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2012 Award
In the Sea
(by David Elliot/ Holly Meade, $16.99 Score:)

Another young science book about the diverse creatures of the sea. Glorious illustrations accompany each of the short rhymes about the many inhabitants of the sea. 3 & up

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

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2012 Award
Demolition
(by Sally Sutton /illus. Brian Lovelock , Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Big machines are often fascinating for preschoolers. Usually books focus on construction sites where new buildings are going up. This one takes a look at the reverse—a building going down with a surprising construction for an ending. The text is full of lively action words that crackle with the sounds wrecking balls and parts that crunch and snap. All are illustrated with bold images. Unlike construction sites where one cannot linger, these pages are fun to explore without some grownup saying, "We have to go home now."

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

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