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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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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2006 Award
Sniffles, Sneezes, Hiccups, and Coughs
(by Penny Durant, DK $3.99 Score:) Young readers are often more curious about real things than the usual fiction stories written for beginners. This informative book has simple explanations and clear photos.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Ballerina for a Day
(by Dawn Sirett,et al, DK $12.99 Score:) Here’s a combination pop-up, paper doll, and try-this-stretching-and-these-positions book. Not a lot of text, but a variety of activities for the beginning dancer. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother
(by Sarah Sullivan/illus, by Paul Meisel, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A clever idea that may inspire others to write letters to the newest member of the family. Mike, who is excited about having a new baby, starts writing and drawing pictures for the baby even before she is born. His letters through the year become a collection that records some of the highlights of her first year and ends with a card for her first birthday. 5–7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Grandpa's Angel
(by Jutta Bauer, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Grandpa’s reminiscences about his adventures through his long life are all the more outrageous as one sees his guardian angel protecting him from all sorts of danger, including the Nazis during WWII. Bauer’s view of the world is decidedly cup-more-full-than-empty—a joy in the adventure that is being passed along to his fortunate grandson. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost!
(by Diane deGroat, Chronicle $6.95 Score:) Gilbert is none too happy to be partners with Phillip on the class trip to Pilgrim Town. But when he tries to hide and lose Phillip, he gets stuck in the bathroom, and it’s Phillip who finds and saves him. A lively book about being thankful and friendship. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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