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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2008 Award
Dear Deer
(by Gene Barretta, Holt $16.95 Score:) Beginning readers are often amused, if a little confused by words that sound alike, but are spelled differently. This is an entertaining and “easy reader” in a picture book format. A little on the cartoonish side, but that, too will be enjoyed at this stage. 5-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me
(by Ann Grifalconi/ illus. by Jerry Pinkney, Hyperion $16.95 Score:) A family story, that goes back to the days of slavery and a family of Quakers who helped in their escape. Told by a grandfather to his granddaughter, it plants the seed of how kindness, hope, and faith blossomed. Simply but beautifully told and illustrated. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Perfect Nest
(by Catherine Friend/illus. by John Manders, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) If you love hamming it up and using many voices doing it, find someone to read this out loud to! Great good fun begins when Jack the Cat decides he will build a perfect nest to attract egg laying birds for his breakfast omelet. Enter Chicken , Duck and Goose! It’s a deliciously funny read aloud! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I'm Not Scared
(by Jonathan Allen, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) Baby owl is out for a stroll and annoyed when all the animals he meets ask if he’s scared. After all, he’s an owl, isn’t he? Even Papa makes the mistake of treating him like he might be scared. In fact, it’s wise Papa who reassures Baby that it is all right to be a little scared of the dark sometime. Might be a comforting choice for those who worry about the dark and night. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Pink Refrigerator
(by Tim Egan, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) A little bit of a preachment with a sense of humor. Dodsworth’s motto was “Try and do as little as possible.” He spent most of his day watching TV. Then one day an old pink refrigerator in his yard starts pushing him to try a few other things. A little instruction book for the couch potato on your list.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The One and Only Shrek! Plus 5 Other Stories
(by William Steig, Farrar Straus $29.99 Score:) This is not your big screen Shrek. It’s the lead story in a wonderful collection of William Steig storybooks that are for school aged kids, not preschoolers. You may infact, enjoy some of the others even more than the title story, which is going to have to do battle with the Shrek you and the kids know. There’s the amusing Amazing Bone, Brave Irene, Spinky Sulks, Doctor De Soto and Caleb & Kate. One for every noght of a six day week, then start at the beginning again. Or go out and buy or borrow, Amos & Boris, Sylvester & the Magic Pebble and any of his chapter books, such as Abel’s Island. If it’s Steig you can’t go wrong! Also available in audio, narrated by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, (Macmillan Audio $14.95) 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Bad Bears Go Visiting
(by Daniel Pinkwater/illus. by Jill Pinkwater, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Once again those Bad Bears are back in a new caper. This time their friend Larry, also a polar bear, comes to pay them a visit and teaches them the pleasures of socializing. They like it so much they leave the zoo to visit a family, the Beachballs. Pure fun-not quite as over the top as past tales of Irving and Muktuk. Look for their earlier tales. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Wave
(by Suzy Lee, Chronicle $15.99 Score:) Anyone who has ever “played” with the waves on the beach will relate to the feisty little girl in this wordless picture book. As she sticks out her tongue and escapes from being soaked, the young girl jumps, runs, stomps and plays a game of you can’t catch me with the tide. A flock of seagulls, the simplicity of Lee’s line drawings of the child, and the ever changing surf are all part of the shifting action that add up to a dynamic charm of this trip to the beach. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)
(by Judi Barrett/ illus. by John Nickle, Atheneum $16.99 Score:) Amusing one-liners with illustrations to match. A book of silly cautionary warnings, i.e. “Never sit next to a porcupine on the subway.” Or “Never play checkers with a spider.” The illustrations add to the humor and chances are kids will add to the cautions with other things never to do. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
There Is a Bird on Your Head!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:) With his wonderfully wry humor and very few words, Mo Willems gives beginning readers plenty of repetition as Elephant and Piggy deal with one, two, and then three more birds that land on his head. Piggie has a solution for Elephant, but who will help piggie? Beginning readers.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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