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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
The Fairy Tale Cake
(by Jonathan Langley/illus. by Mark Sperring, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Imagine if every character from your favorite nursery tales got together to make a special cake for your birthday! It’s fun to study the pages of this charming book looking for old favorites such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Gingerbread Boy,” and “The Three Bears,” to mention just a few. This is more about the pictures than the story, but when there’s a birthday cake at the end, it’s likely to please—especially if you sing “Happy Birthday” to finish it off! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
If You Give a Pig a Party
(by Laura Numeroff/illus. by Felicia Bond, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Once again, this award-winning team has come up with a universal theme and what one expects will be predictable outcomes—but soon after the balloons, the book takes a left turn as Pig and her friend go looking for Pig’s friends and end up at a street fair. One surprise follows another in this newest addition to a fine series. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Witch's Walking Stick
(by Susan Meddaugh, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) With an economy of words and lively illustrations, the creator of Martha, the talking dog, has created a new cast of winning characters: a nasty witch who gets her comeuppance, and a little sister who teaches her older siblings a few lessons. Meddaugh takes familiar fantasy material and makes it fresh with her own brand of humor. Her art and wit make her a worthy successor to William Steig. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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The Quangle Wangle's Hat
(Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Unlike Dr. Seuss’s, Lear’s nonsense verse has no message to deliver. It’s all about the sheer pleasure of the words and the playful rhymes about made-up characters that never were and never can be. Voce’s art adds to the fun. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Because Your Daddy Loves You
(by Andrew Clements/illus. by R.W. Alley, Clarion $16 Score:) How refreshing! A Daddy book that follows a patient and loving daddy through the day. Dad avoids saying the typical critical remarks, but Clements has it both ways; he says what the daddy didn’t say and then what he really does say as he kindly makes a day at the beach a happy time together. In a way, Clements models some great parenting strategies along with a pleasing story. 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Mama Panya's Pancakes
(By Mary and Rich Chamberlin/illus. by Julia Cairns, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Adika seems to be two steps ahead of his Mama as he invites too many people to join them for pancakes for dinner. Set in a village in Kenya, with many sights to see, this charming storybook unfolds its tale of generosity being rewarded. You can identify animals in the glossary or whip up a batch of pancakes with Mama Panya’s recipe. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Piggy and Dad Go Fishing
(by David Martin/illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) If you’ve ever had trouble putting a worm on a hook or wanted to throw back any poor fish that made the mistake of getting caught, you’ll love this father and son pair of pigs who end up feeding the fish instead of eating them! A great catch. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Humphrey's Bear
(by Jan Wahl/illus. by William Joyce, Hyperion $16.95 Score:) Dad thinks Humphrey may be too old for sleeping with his teddy bear. But Humphrey rushes off to bed and his adventure with bear. His dad later remembers how much he too enjoyed sailing off with this very same bear. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack
(by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Atheneum $12.95 Score:) From the creators of Clack, Clack, Moo, this is a lively alphabet book with many of the barnyard gang rushing off to a picnic. There’s not a lot of story but the action words and lilting language are one way to turn young listeners’ attention to the A, B, C’s.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
What Does Bunny See?
(by Linda Sue Park/illus. by Maggie Smith, Clarion $15 Score:) Bunny hops through the garden discovering a world of colors. Smith’s flowers are lush and reinforce color concepts within the context of a small story. 3–6.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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