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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Rosa
(by Nikki Giovanni/illus. by Bryan Collier, Holt $16.95 Score:) With quiet strength and dignity, Rosa Parks led people to stand up for their rights just as she refused to give up her seat on the bus. Beautifully crafted, the story builds as it tells of those who changed the law; the foldout pages show the many people who followed her lead and walked instead of riding the buses in Montgomery. 7 & up.

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

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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, itís P.T. Barnum who comes up with the solution. Either way, itís 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, itís 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 donít 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 Ruthís career from being both batter and pitcher for the Red Sox to his days at Yankee Stadiumówhere he hit the first home run! Illustrations have the same lively spark that the text does. Also: Letís 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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