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Age: Preschoolers

 


2013 Award
Animals in Art
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of animals as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by Degas, Rousseau, Manet and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them. Also in the series a collection called Mama, Baby & Other First Words.

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

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2013 Award
Journey
(by Aaron Becker, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Remember little Harold with his Purple Crayon? Flash forward to a somewhat older girl with a magical red crayon in her lonely room. When her parents are too busy to give her the time of day, she draws her way out of her confining home and into a world where quick thinking and her magic crayon transport her on a wondrous journey that goes far beyond the imaginary world of Harold's. A wordless page-turning adventure that children can tell in their own words or silently to themselves. A keeper!

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

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2013 Award
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?
(by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Everyone gets angry and the dinosaurs in Yolen's well-loved series are no exception. With humor and a lot of acting out, kids can get some vicarious pleasure in watching these silly dinosaurs let off steam and also seeing where that leads. 4 & up

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

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2013 Award
Digger Dozer Dumper
(Hope Vestergaard/ illus. David Slonim, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)


An entertaining collection of rhymes introduce truck lovers to more than a dozen vehicles and the work they do. Told in light verse with lively illustrations, there is plenty of action as a garbage truck, dump truck, backhoe and others push, bang, and shake. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Winter is for Snow
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.95 Score:)

Two points of view on the subject of winter and snow bounce back and forth. One child loves everything about the cold snowy days, while the other is more a stay-at-home hates the cold type. The latter sounds a bit more adult-like, but it is hard to know when such attitudes begin. In any case, the art sets the mood and the snow and winter just build into an irresistible marshmallow delicious world that includes holidays for everyone. Even the most anti-winter ones among us will not be able to resist. 3-5

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

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Stripes of all Types
(by Susan Stockdale, Peachtree Press $11.59 Score:)

Told in rhyme, this lovely-to-look-at young science book features animals from many habitats that have stripes. Although some of the art is a bit stylized, the animals are easily recognizable and identifiable. At the back of the book the animals are named and described. There is also a game to play of identifying their patterns. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Puppies and Kittens 2
(by Marilyn Easton, Scholastic $5.99 Score:)

A seemingly magical book that shows kittens when flipped from the top and puppies if flipped from the bottom. The information is straightforward without overwhelming the reader and the photos show the great variety of adorable creatures we know as puppies and kittens. An appealing choice for sharing with prereaders and for young readers who love pets and/or non-fiction. 2-3rd grade.

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

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2013 Award
Tap the Magic Tree
(by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow $15.99 Score:)

Listeners must do their part as they tap, clap, shake and make the seasons change in this imaginative book about a tree. There are no lift up flaps or pop-up pages. The transformation of a leafless tree happens as young listeners are asked to wiggle their fingers or jiggle a little before the pages are turned. It's a little bit of science mixed with a good helping of imagination that takes you through the year.

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

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Cinderelephant
(Emma Dodd, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Recast with a seriously strange cast, this retelling of Cinderella is visually fun and full of not too subtle word play. Cinderelephant's ugly cousins are two warthogs, known as the Warty Sisters and her fairy godmother is a small mouse who provides a stretch limo and requisite ballroom fashions. It's apparent from the start that Prince Trunky, son of King Saggy and Queen Wrinkly, will find his mate when Cinderelephant appears. There are few surprises here. That said, it is amusing to share and compare with the original. Do a bit of comparative lit and maybe spin another Cindy Tale with a different cast and even a different adventure. 4 & up.

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

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