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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
(by April Jones Prince/illus. by Francois Roca, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) We had a similar story based on true events last year. In that version the child storyteller is at the center of the story and longs to go on the newly built Brooklyn Bridge. In this one, it’s P.T. Barnum who comes up with the solution. Either way, it’s a great story and speaks to the fears people have of most new things. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
(by Kathleen V. Kudlinski/illus. by S.D. Schindler, Dutton $15.99 Score:) A refreshing look at dinosaurs, contrasting what we used to think we knew, with what we think we know now. As interesting as the information is in this book, it’s the bigger idea that wins the day by helping young people see that our body of knowledge is not fixed and closed, but rather is ever-growing and often changing. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
I Love Tennis
(by Naia Bray-Moffatt, DK $12.95 Score:) Kids who

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

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2006 Award
Art in a Box
(by Sarah Richardson, Abrams Books $19.95 Score:) You don’t need to get to the Tate in London to enjoy these activity cards. Each has a work of art on one side, and suggestions and questions for looking at the details of the art on the reverse. But this is more than an exercise in art appreciation; each card has open-ended art activities that relate to the art, creative exercises that kids (and adults) are likely to enjoy together. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Seen Art?
(by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Viking $16.99 Score:) One boy is looking for his friend Art and ends up on tour at the new MOMA in New York. For those who have seen the collection, the reproductions here might lend some recall. This is a one-joke book with small reproductions of a major collection. Good, not great. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Rose and Riley
(by Jane Cutler/illus. by Thomas F. Yezerski, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Three predictable stories about Rose, a youngish vole, and Riley, an older and wiser groundhog; one about wanting to use new umbrellas in the rain, another about un-birthdays, and a last one about nighttime fears with a clever solution that might satisfy young worriers. Also amusing, Rose and Riley Come and Go.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Babe Ruth Saves Baseball
(by Frank Murphy/illus. by Richard Walz, Random House $3.99 Score:) Baseball fans are going to love every moment of this story, which traces Babe Ruth’s career from being both batter and pitcher for the Red Sox to his days at Yankee Stadium—where he hit the first home run! Illustrations have the same lively spark that the text does. Also: Let’s Go to the Ballpark (by James Buckley, Jr. DK $3.99 ) Two kids go to their first major league game at Dodger Stadium.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Big Bugs
(by Seymour Simon, Chronicle $3.95 Score:) Vivid photographs and clear language make this a good choice for bug lovers. Simon, who writes some the best science books for upper grade readers, has switched gears for beginners and created new See More Readers. He uses concrete examples to make connections between what children know and what they are learning. Marked Level 1, there is not a lot on each page, but the language makes a better fit for the next level up. Also recommended, his Amazing Bats and a handsome book, Bridges. 2nd & 3rd grade.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
From Slave to Soldier
(by Deborah Hopkinson/illus. by Brian Floca, Atheneum $14.95 Score:) When Union Soldiers arrive at the farm where Johnny is a slave, they ask him to come along with them. Based on a true life story of a boy who served in the Union army.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
(by Kate DiCamillo/illus. by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Mercy, an indulged “porcine wonder” to her owners, is nothing but a pig to her cranky neighbors. This is the first of a series and Mercy will no doubt continue to pull the wool over the Watsons’ loving eyes. 2nd, 3rd grade.

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

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