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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie found a polka dotted ball, but then a BIG guy took it. Gerald does his best to get it back until he sees just how BIG the guy is. As always, Mo Willems manages to create a small drama that is told in few words for the beginning reader. This one really has a simple enough text for early readers to find their way through. It also says something worth saying about big guys not always being as powerful and happy as little guys think they are. 6-8

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

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2013 Award
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. Sergio Ruzzier, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Duck cannot find his new blue socks. So begins this journey in verse with Duck asking fox and ox and finally the peacocks if they, by chance, have seen his socks. This will be a fun read-aloud and a good one for breaking the code for beginning readers. It's a one-joke book that is pretty predictable, but probably satisfying enough to hear more than once. 4-7

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

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2013 Award
Tug-of-War
(by John Burmingham, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

What with all the bullying going on these days, here's a meaningful old story retold and illustrated by a master to share with a new generation. It all begins when elephant and hippo torment hare by calling him names. In the darkness of night, hare claims he can win a tug-of-war with each of the two big bullies. The rest is all good fun and speaks to the bigger idea of brains over brawn.

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

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2013 Award
Monkey and Elephant Get Better
(by Carole Lexa Schaefer/ illus. Galia Bernstein, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Monkey and Elephant are friends, but Monkey thinks Elephant is copying her and she doesn't like it. When Elephant comes down with a cold, Monkey takes good care of him and when he gets better--can you guess what will happen next? Nicely told and illustrated with lively art. Perfect for 2nd level beginning readers.

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

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2013 Award
You're Wearing That to School?
(by Lynn Plourde/ illus. Sue Cornelison, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

A light but meaningful book about a young hippo who is about to start school. Her best friend, Tiny, a mouse is very conservative and keeps telling plump Penelope that what she wants to wear, eat for lunch and carry for show and tell is all wrong. After hearing him out Pen turns out the next day in her original choices and discovers that being herself is the best thing she can be. On one level it's a terrific tale--on another, as a parent you may have some qualms about going along with some of the off the wall choices kids can and do make. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
My Dad Thinks He's Funny
(by Katrina Germein/illus. Tom Jellett, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Great literature it's not, but it is an entertaining book of one liners by a dad ( like mine) who always made corny jokes. For example, "Whenever I say, "Iím hungry," Dad says, "Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you."  As the young narrator tells us again and again...his dad thinks he's funny and in the end,we think kids will agree with that dad. Good for some silly giggling together. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of preschoolers. 5 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Nelson Mandela
(by Kadir Nelson, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Designed for early grades, this beautifully illustrated biography of Nelson Mandela touches on the major events in his life from being sent away from home at an early age to his election as President of South Africa. It is not so much a warm fuzzy storybook as an overview that will explain with beautiful art why he remains an historic iconic figure who will not soon be forgotten. They say 4-8. We think this is more like a book for 7 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Slugger
(by Susan Pearson/ illus. by David Slonim, Amazon $15.99 Score:)

Hard to imagine how a garden slug would aspire to play baseball and, of course, to be a star slugger. Just the idea of all this is silly, but it holds together as an entertaining yarn that kids who aspire to play baseball will relate to. In this season of baseball books, here's one for the youngest player.  5 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Becoming Babe Ruth
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Although he is long gone, Babe Ruth's name lives on as a legend to all who know anything about baseball greats. Unlike so may baseball books that center on a singular event, in this child-sized biography the author manages to tell about Babe's early years when he got into so much trouble as a truant that his own father helped send him away to a reform school. Inside the walls of Saint Mary's George Ruth found a mentor and found himself. The story has a nice roundness as the Babe never forgets Brother Matthias, who teaches him the game and the school that nurtured him. As always, Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the time and place and even the Babe's memorable face. A keeper! 7 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
(by Lori Mortensen/ illus. Michael Allen Austin, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

The chase is on, Cowpoke Clyde has a dirty dawg who needs a bath. In this merry romp dawg keeps getting the best of Clyde and the other animals on the ranch. A fun yarn told in verse that makes for an amusing read-a-loud. 4-8

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

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