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Age: Preschoolers

 


2014 Award
Stella's Starliner
(by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Stella and her Mom live in a silver "house" all week while her Dad drives off to work in his red truck. For a long time Stella was content; but then some nasty weasels hurt Stella's feelings by calling her home nothing but a broken down old trailer. Magically, Dad arrives and carries his family off through the sky to a place where others appreciate the beauty of their silver home. The story just doesn't measure up to the beauty of Rosemary Wells' detailed illustrations; a charming dual homage to the pointillists and Van Gogh with his starry night. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Big Bad Bubble
(by Adam Rubin/ illus Daniel Salmieri, Clarion $16.99 Score:)


It's good fun to be more knowledgeable than the big scary monsters in a story and these monsters maybe big, but they are anything than scary! In fact, you could call them the scardy-cat monsters of La-la land. What is it they worry about? Mostly it's bubbles that they fear and the exaggerated claims of the harm they might cause. This is all because one of them was once hit by a bubble gum bubble that hit him in the face. Spoiler alert: In the end the monsters overcome their fear of bubble, but if itís not bubbles, there's always something new to worry about--isn't there? This storybook reminded the reviewer of the 24-hour news cycle spin. A fun way to introduce kids to the idea of not believing everything you hear. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Curious George Visits the Dentist
(H.A. Rey, et al, Houghton Mifflin $13.99 Score:)

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience. In another newly created adventure, done in the style of the classic series by Margret and H.A. Rey, here is an entertaining way to preview the event. Like kids, Curious George is not too eager to go and leads everyone in the dentist's office on a merry chase. Lucky for him it all comes out well in the end. 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

As always Pigeon is up to his spunky, stubborn ways. This time he insists he does not need a bath, even though the rest of the world is telling him otherwise. Mo Willems manages to convey everything every reluctant bather has ever expressed with a very few words, humor, and artful images that will speak to the great unbathed. 3-5

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Grandma
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

For young children the long good-bye of a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be especially frightening. A grandparent is not just forgetting, but suddenly no able to do many of the things they used to enjoy together. Even more upsetting, Grandma may act angry, even when the child has done nothing wrong. In this tender book, Jessica Shepherd tells the story with clarity, mixing in the reality without turning this into a dark journey for a young child. It's a reassuring book that follows Grandma to a nursing home with its ups and downs. Finally it speaks to the child's need to know that with all these changes, the caring comfort of loved ones is there. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Tilly's Staycation
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

It is vacation time and all of Tilly's friends are going away. Tilly keeps hoping that Mom is going to come up with a trip, even to Grandma's. But Mom has other ideas and Tilly discovers the fun of their special "staycation." 3-5

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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Awards
It's Not Yours, It's Mine!
(by Susanna Moores, Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

Blieka, has a new toy--a big red ball. It's all Blieka's! It's not to share. In fact, as Blieka puts it, "It's not yours, it's mine!" Yet, before long, Blieka discovers others sometimes have needed skills. A small but unpreachy storybook with a gentle lesson worth sharing. Bleika, by the way is never referred to as a him or a her--making this one hare that both boys and girls can identify with ease. 3-7.

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2013 Award
What's In There?
(Robie H. Harris/ illus. Nadine Bernard Westcott, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Newest in her collection of books that answer questions kids have when a new baby is expected. Once again, the story features a multi-racial couple. Westcott's illustrations show the baby in utero as it is growing while the text answers the children's questions.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
jacob's eye patch
(Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw/ illus. by Jules F, Simon & Schuster $17 Score:)

Jacob is impatient to get to the store. Today is the big day. He's getting the light up globe he's been longing for, only at every turn there seem to be people delaying Jacob and his mom. Mostly the delays are about the patch he wears on his good eye to make his weak eye stronger. Jacob has no time for this today. With humor and not a whole lot of medical info, this lively book says a lot to kids with similar conditions and to kids who are curious about them. The afterward written by nine-year old Jacob and his mom add another dimension. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer, this is a book for kids on both sides of a patch.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
(by Kimberly and James Dean, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Pete puts on a pair of magic sun-glasses that turn his gloom into sunshine. If only cheering up could be that simple, right? Without apology, this is one of those contrived message books that are as simplistic as most TV sitcoms, but that said, it has a repetitive story line that makes it a good choice for beginning readers. As an added value kids can go to the harpercollins.com website and see animated video versions of this and other Pete the Cat stories online. 4-8

Check out the HarperCollins online free audio/video, a good way to encourage kids to follow along and develop a variety of reading skills and pace.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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