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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2010 Award
Mirror
(by Jeannie Baker, Candlewick $18.99 Score:)

In this wordless book readers follow the lives of two boys who look different and live in very different parts of the world. The illustrations face each other, one each side of the book and as you turn the pages you begin to discover things that are different and things that are the same. One boy lives in Morocco and the other in a city in Australia. In many ways the life experiences of both of these boys are quite different than that of children in our own culture. A thought provoking book to share with young people to follow-up with discussion.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Miss Tutu's Star
(by Leslie Newman/ illus by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

At last, a young ballerina who does not look like an angelic beauty in pink. Perhaps Selena is a bit on the homely side and she's also a bit of a klutz, but this is a dancer with heart and spirit. She does not give up. Maybe she will appeal to kids who can watch Selena and the others and honestly say to themselves...I'm better than that. The slapstick recital that is messed up by some unexpected participants add the fun of this little romp. Angelina Ballerina, she's not. The illustrations also include a very chubby little dancer who might star in the next recital Miss Tutu is staging.  4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Dad and Pop, An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers
(by Kelly Bennett/ illus. Paul Meisel, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

A delicate balance is the way one can best describe the differences and likenesses, as well, between a dad and a step-dad in real life. This charming little book perhaps paints it all too easily, yet it may indeed help kids see beyond the good/bad equation and help them sort out their own feelings. Accepting that there can be two people who care about you, share time with you and even love you calls for a huge step for so many children of divorce. It's interesting that the mom in this story is very much in the background. This is about a child and the two men who are hardly alike except in the most essential way--they both love her.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
The Taming of Lola, A Shrew Story
(by Ellen Weiss/ illus. Jerry Smath, Abrams Books $15.99 Score:)

Meet Lola, a bad tempered little shrew who gets her way by misbehaving. Enter Lester, her cousin from the East Meadow and Lola meets her match! While the family watches in disbelief the two cousins are a matched pair. The bad humor between these two has something of a comic edge. In a way, it's the kind of story that kids can live vicariously without getting into trouble. Ultimately the two feisty cousins work out their differences, sort of. The illustrations of the home life of a shrew family is full of details that may tickle or repel. It's fair to say that bugs are a staple of their diets, so this is not a book for the squeamish. However, with all the arguments, it should be great fun to read aloud. As Lola says, "Screaming is relaxing. You should try it sometime."

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don't)
(by Barbara Bottner/ illus. by Michael Emberley, Knopf $17.99 Score:)

Missy has a teacher who looks a bit like Miss Frizzle's younger sister, a teacher who is just over-the-top crazy for books. Poor Missy has to do a book presentation and her problem is finding a book she likes. Her mom stands firm on not doing the job for Missy. But once she finds a book with a well-known ogre Missy gets her act in gear. The idea of the story is funnier than the resolution, but kids who have suffered through assignments like this one will relate.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Yoko's Show and Tell
(by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion $15 Score:)

Yoko's grandparents send her a very special doll all the way from their home in Japan to celebrate the Japanese holiday, Girl's Day. Yoko is so thrilled with the gift, she wants to take it to school for show and tell. Although her mother tells her the doll is too delicate, Yoko sneaks the doll out in her backpack. Just like the other books about Yoko, this is a tender story with a gentle little lesson. As always the art is a feast for the eyes. Wells uses layers of textures and patterns to decorate the clothing and furnishings in Yoko's world. The intricate details in the kimonos will remind children who have done origami of the beautifully patterned papers for that art form. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza
(by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans/illus. by Lynn Mu, Abrams Books $15.95 Score:)

Anna, a book loving bunny, just cannot get enough time for reading. She reads while she shops, hops, and bathes in her bubble bath. But her friends, have other interests, among them shopping for jellybeans. When their teacher assigns book reports, it is Anna who takes them to the library where she and Ms. Beasley-Buzzer, the librarian help the others find books that match their interests perfectly. A sweet book made all the sweeter with Lynn Munsinger's cast of animal children. Ann in her tub and her cozy chair are just so comfy!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
(by Natasha A. Tarpley/ illus. James Finch, Disney $15.99 Score:)

What with the media blitz of a Disney feature with the first African American Princess, there is bound to be a lot of merchandise to go around. If a keepsake of that movie is on your little one's wish list, this storybook is not a bad choice. Princess Tiana has been invited to a ball and her friend Charlotte insists she must follow the Princess handbook in getting ready for the big night. Princess Tiana ends up doing it her way...and she is a natural. It's not great literature, but it's not bad. Indeed it says something about being yourself....even if you are a princess.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Fu Finds the Way
(by John Rocco, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Fu's father is annoyed with his careless way of planting rice. When he tells the boy to redo the task, Fu tosses the plants and accidentally hits the warrior Chang, who challenges Fu to a duel. All night the Master teacher insists that Fu learn to pour tea. When morning comes Fu discovers that learning purpose, flow and patience are essential, whatever the task involves. The story may be a stretch for some young listeners, but it is one that may provoke some thought and conversation. Rocco’s art sets the mood and tone of a story well worth sharing.  They say 3-7, we’d say this will be lost on kids under 7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Puffling
(by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Julie Vivas, Feiwel & Friends $16.99 Score:)

Coming of age stories are usually the passion of teens, yet this moving story of a baby Puffin growing toward independence speaks to a universal tug of the heart...the eager and yet sometimes scary process of holding on and letting go. Every day the little Puffin asks if he is ready to leave the burrow and go out into the world. His loving parents assure him that he will be ready soon. Meanwhile, they give him all that he needs, including love and assurance that he is getting there. It is about independence and dependence and how we carry those bonds with us even when we leap from the protective past into the unknown future. Told in lyrical prose with delicate pastels and watercolors, a memorable picture book for all ages. Bring tissues.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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