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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Easy To Read

 


2011 Award
Flat Stanley and the Firehouse
(by Lori Haskins Houran/ illus. Macky Pamintuan, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Flat Stanley has been looking forward to going to the firehouse and hoping to slide down the pole.
But when he gets there he I disappointed that he only gets up and down on an elevator. Not to worry. When the family goes out with the firefighters on an emergency call, Stanley finds a way to get his way. A good easy to read for level 2; kids who are a step beyond true beginners.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Happy Pig Day
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Another funny and easy to read story about Elephant and Piggie. This time Piggie is thrilled to announce that it is Happy Pig Day, her favorite day of the year. The more Piggie goes on and on with her joy, the more Elephant feels left out. But leave it to Piggie to help Elephant bounce back. A good choice for beginning readers who need to build their confidence as readers with books that give them a safety net of repetition. Mo WIllems is a master of this easy-to-read book that gets kids started with stories that have a sense of humor.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
A Poor Excuse for a Dragon
(by Geoffrey Hayes, Random House $12.99 Score:)

As Dragons go, this has got to be the unscarriest one ever. Written for beginning readers, this silly story features a young Dragon who goes out into the world with a list of things to do that turns out to be all wrong. In the process he meets and eats the very people who will end up saving him. For that in-between reader who is not quite ready for chapter books, but is beyond one liners, this is repetitious enough to work--with a little help from an older listener. Grade two.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Splat the Cat, Good Night, Sleep Tight
(by Rob Scotton, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Spat is going to have a camping adventure. He is very excited until he discovers that his mother has invited Spike, a not so good friend, to join them. Splat discovers in the course of the dark night that Spike is more like Splat than he ever would have imagined. Level 1 easy to read

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
What Dat? A Great Big Ugly Book
(by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, Random House $14.99 Score:)

Remember your old Richard Scary books with so many details to point to or try to read the labels? This is an update of that format with a cast of the popular Ugly Dolls as the cast of players. For collectors of all things Ugly (dolls) this will be a feast for the eyes. The oversized pages are intensely busy and probably better for slightly older kids. Even the subject of the illustrations matches an early school years reader better than preschoolers. For example, there is a farmer's market with a fresh garlic stand, organic ice, and other little jokes that would go over the head of preschoolers. Each double page spread asks the reader to find at least one specific item, but that is just the beginning of the looking fun. Great literature it is not, but for some reluctant or beginning readers it will be an inviting and entertaining choice.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter!
(Tedd Arnold, Scholastic $6.99 Score:)

Books in series often go downhill, but the Fly Guy series keeps buzzing along with good humor and well-paced stories for the beginning reader. In this latest story, Fly Guy happily goes on a class trip with his boy, Buzz. But the happiness ends when he discovers that the class is going to a factory--a flyswatter factory! Ug! The question is: how many kids today know what a flyswatter is? Not to worry. The pictures make it clear. It's another jolly good story about a boy and his pet fly. Buzz on! Grade 2

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
(DK $16.99 Score:)

Need a gift for a Star Wars fan? Here it is! The 208 page volume has profiles of more than 200 characters, plus movie stills and stats about such favorites as Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader. Each page includes data, factoids and photos that will make for pleasing light reading.  It is not easy-to-read in the usual way, but kids who may be reluctant readers and love Star Wars may find this kind of book a pleasing way into reading.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Shall I Share My Ice Cream?
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Elephant buys an ice cream and then suffers a series of worries over sharing his ice cream with best friend Piggy. By the time he makes his decision alas, the ice cream has melted. But all is not lost. Moments later, Piggy arrives on the scene with an ice cream cone. A neat little story about friendship and sharing. I Broke My Trunk is more fun, but one can never have too many Mo Willem books!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
I Broke My Trunk!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Just in time for beginner's reading pleasure, a new Elephant and Piggy book. Run to the nearest bookstore for this silly cumulative tale about how Elephant broke his trunk. But be careful not to break anything on the way. The repetitive format allows the beginner to dive in and keep going with ease and merriment. A well paced easy to read that kids will want to read aloud to all members of the family. Look for others in this delightful series.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
From Tadpole to Frog
(by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld, Scholastic $3.99 Score:)

Early school age kids are very interested in the real world and this new series is right on the mark. From Tadpole to Frog is illustrated with photographs and told with an economy of words. A young science book that will appeal to beginning readers. Level 1. Also, see, Butterflies (by Nic Bishop, Scholastic $3.99) Illustrated with clear colorful photographs, this book for level two has longer sentences and more vocabulary than the Tadpole book. Level 2.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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