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Age: Toddlers

 


2013 Award
Maisy Grows a Garden
(Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy's pop-up action is simply splendid as the illustrations trace the steps in making a garden. Pull the tab and see Maisy dig the ground and discover the worm below! Pull the next tab and Maisy plants the seeds in a row. Pull again and Maisy is watering the plants. Turn and pull to see the seedlings pop up! Pull up and help Maisy tug the weeds out of the garden. At last, there is a crop to pick and finally on the last page some beautiful sunflowers that open. Young science for the youngest lapsitter. 2 1/2 & up

For follow up fun, try planting some seeds indoors that can be moved outside when the ground gets warm. Or try making an avacado pit or seeds from an orange sprout on the windowsill.

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

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2013 Awards
I Spy on the Farm
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Big bold illustrations of familiar farm animals are featured in the playful book with cutout holes that allow a partial view of the animal hidden on the next page. The text offers a clue to help the little listener guess who will show up when the page is turned. Based on the original game and always popular game of I Spy With My Little Eye, this is a fun way to introduce toddlers to knowing and naming, color concepts and animal sounds. It includes letter names. For young toddlers we suggest skipping the letter names - use the sound the letter make as a hint or skip the letters altogether for young listeners. That's something they can grow into.

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

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2012 Award
Good Night
(Benoit Marchon/ Soledad Bravi, Houghton Mifflin $7.99 Score:)

A cardboard picturebook for toddlers. There is a cutout in the middle with a smiling pink-cheeked face. But with every turn the creature with that face changes from star to fish to sun to dumpling and so many other familiar things. Each is told good night. Toddlers will soon like "reading" this book since the repetition makes for easy imitation. They may not recall the names of each of the pictured items, but they will like pretending to be able to read. 1-3

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
(By Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury, Houghton Mifflin $6.99 Score:)

A collection of babies and toddlers from all over the world, all doing what babies and toddlers do. Each new pair of children introduce us to some new locale, new actions, new ethnicities--but always the alternating pages show how they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes. We loved the original and now this bilingual edition, done on sturdy cardboard stock for independent beginning page turners.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath
(by Eileen Christelow, Houghton Mifflin $7.99 Score:)

As always those five silly monkeys are into their mischief making. This time out they have had too much icky sticky ice cream mixed with sloppy gloppy mud. So into the tub they go. Will this do the job? Well, yes, until they start slurping their soupy supper. Poor Mama! The rhyming is playful as always, making this another fun read-aloud. Printed on sturdy cardboard pages that will survive less than gentle little hands. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
(By Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

Once again Jane Cabrera takes a familiar nursery song/rhyme and infuses it with her colorful illustrations that give it a new life. In this singable book every double page spread features a parent and child animal pair under the moon and starry night. She takes little ones to the forest, under the sea, to the faraway Arctic, the grassy plains, over the mountains, and into the jungle. The text does not labor the locale nor the names of the creatures. Filling in that info is something adults can gradually add as they look with their little listeners at the illustrations and name the pairs and places.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Peepsqueak!
(by Leslie Ann Clark, Harper $12.99 Score:)

A determined little chick pops out of its shell and wants to fly. Though all the animals try to tell him that he cannot do that, Peepsqueak keeps on trying. A small story for beginners with a repetitive line that preschoolers will love to chime in on. 2-5

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Active play is what this delightful new Maisy book is all about. Pull the tabs and Maisy starts the day stretching and touching her toes. From there she goes on to do some jumping, kicking a ball, sipping her orange juice for energy, jumping rope, tumbling and finally sleeping soundly. Each of these events is animated with amazing paper engineering. One of the best ever! 2 & up. But be forewarned, you will need to teach about gentle hands so that the pages are not torn.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
In the Garden
(by Elizabeth Spurr/ illus. Manelle Oliphant, Peachtree Press $6.95 Score:)

A charming small poem about a boy and his small garden. The illustrations have an old-fashioned look that perfectly compliment the verse. If only a real garden would grow from seed to fruit as easily. A nice blend of young science, poetry, and art on sturdy cardboard pages. Marked 1-3, we would say more like 2-4.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
One Special Day
(by Lola M. Schaefer/ illus. Jessica Meserve, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Spenser is many things....he is strong as a bear, funny as a monkey, wild as a tiger....but when his parents bring home the new baby, he becomes gentle. Children will like knowing and naming the creatures on each turn page while parents will no doubt like the underlying message of big brothers and sisters being gentle. 2-4

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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