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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
See Inside Castles
(by Katie Daynes/illus. by David Hancock, Usborne $12.95 Score:) Each double page spread of this busy book has flaps to lift that add to the scenes. There are jousting, banquets, attacks and more. Wrap this up with the toy castle! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
I Can't Stop! A Story about Tourette Syndrome
(by Holly Niner, Albert Whitman $15.95 Score:) Nathan’s problem began with a tick. In time, his tick went away, but was followed by other uncontrollable actions. At first Nathan is teased and his parents tells him to stop. Although there is no cure for TS, once they discover the reason for his actions, everyone is better able to cope.

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

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2006 Award
Little Stevie Wonder
(by Quincy Troupe/illus. by Lisa Cohen, Houghton Mifflin $18 Score:) Stevie Wonder’s story is told in lyrical prose. It’s a bit over the top, but just may be an inspiring book for a child who is musical or blessed with some other gift. There is a very short CD with this book—only two songs on the disk—which might be disappointing to someone who doesn’t read the fine print!

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

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2007 Award
Boo and Baa Have Company
(by Lena and Loof Landstrom, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) In a delightful comedy of errors, Boo and Baa, two resourceful sheep, try rescuing a cat up a tree. Boo finds himself out on a limb and unable to get down. A clever little story that builds on the concept of friendship. 3–6.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Dooby Dooby Moo
(by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Atheneum $16.95 Score:) Once again, Farmer Brown’s barnyard critters are trying to pull a fast one. This time they are rehearsing for a talent show at the county fair and the sounds emanating from the barn have Farmer Brown puzzled. With all the singing, this is sure to be a noisy and funny read-aloud opportunity. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
The Gingerbread Girl
(by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A year has passed since the fox outsmarted the Gingerbread Boy. When the lonely old couple decide to try again, they create a spunky Gingerbread Girl who leads them on a merry chase, proving that history need not repeat itself! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Library Lion
(by Michelle Knudsen/illus. by Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A very satisfying story of a lion who comes inside the library and becomes a rule-abiding patron. But one day, when the librarian takes a tumble, Lion has the good sense to break the rules. A big idea for kids to grapple with—knowing right from wrong, and when an absolute is not so absolute. Hawkes’s illustrations give this an old-fashioned “Robert McCloskey” look that fits the story. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Oscar: The Big Adventure
(by Amy Schwartz and Leonard S. Marcus, HarperCollins $16.95 Score:) Move over, Curious George, Oscar may be little but he needs no Man with a Yellow Hat to save him from his journey out into the big world. When Susie goes off to school without a key she will need, Oscar, an independent little monkey, takes responsibility and no easy trip to reach Susie just in the nick of time. A fast-paced fantasy. 3–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
(by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Candlewick $27.99 Score:) In typical fashion, Sabuda has created yet another incredible pop-up book. This is darker and the information denser than most. If your young reader is taken with the world of sharks, whales, scorpions, and prehistoric sea monsters that still live, this is a book to dive into. There will be lots of ooohs and aahhhhs as the pages, large and small, pop open. They say 5 & up; we think this will be a waste for kids under 7 or 8 but enjoyed by those well beyond—say 40 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
MOMMY?
(by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks, Matthew Reinhar, Scholastic $25 Score:) Sendak has taken a classic theme—the search for a missing mother—and transformed it into a zany one-word pop-up joke. Not for the timid, this pops from one page to the next with a boy who looks a lot like Max asking for “Mommy?” From one page to the next, classic monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula pop off the pages. When Mommy finally pops out of the closet, we think the joke will be lost on anyone under the age of 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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