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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Coping with Life's Ups and Downs

 


2011 Award
Good Night, Little Bunny
(By Emily Hawkins/ illus. John Butler, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Bunny is afraid of the dark. When he stays too late in the woods he keeps meeting other creatures who give him courage. Although a bit didactic, the story is not bad. What kids are going to love are the amazing pictures that change as the you open the book and turn the pages. 3-6.

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

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2010 Award
There's Going to be a Baby
(by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Two masters combined forces to create a charming book about the anticipated arrival of a new baby. We wish the text matched the glorious art. Each handsome scene between Mama and the big brother-to-be is followed with multi-framed art imagining the baby to be. Most of it is amusing, though one must wonder if the baby's future career would be interesting to this little boy--rather than his own future. Obviously, imagining the baby as an artist covered with paint and working as a chef makes amusing art. But when Mama suggests baby might work at a zoo, the big brother's idea of baby being eaten by a tiger feels a little over the top. Granted, the anticipation of a sibling is likely to include some anxiety, the question, "Mommy, can't you tell the baby to go away? We don't really need the baby, do we?" is asked--but never answered. One could say better that way; but one might also wonder---why ask the question? Sure kids feelings about siblings often include such thoughts. But truth be told, such questions usually comes after the event.

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

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2010 Award
Waiting Out the Storm
(by JoAnn Early Macken/ illus. Susan Gaber, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

So many children share a fear of windy summer storms with the loud sounds of thunder and lightening crackling and booming. This slowly paced picture book addresses those fears with lyrical verse and a soothing calmness as the mother explains what is happening. Though the two of them find shelter in their home, mother explains where the animals go when it storms. It is really a tone poem--told through a gentle dialogue between parent and child. Macken and Gaber, through word and art have created a mood piece in misty scenes that should give the girl in the story (and young listeners,too) a snug sense of security. 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
Alfie Runs Away
(by Kenneth M. Cadow/ illus. Lauren Castillo, FSG $16.99 Score:)

A little gem of a story about a boy who wants to keep his old shoes. When his mother does not give in, Alfie announces he is going to run away. In one loving scene after another his mother makes sure that he will have everything he needs--water, a flashlight, batteries, peanut butter and crackers, his pillow and bear. Finally Alfie takes off. Though the ending is predictable, it is also reassuring. The drawings capture the youthful vitality of this spirited boy and the moments of bitter sweetness that make it both meaningful and memorable. 

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

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2010 Award
Pecan Pie Baby
(by Jacqueline Woodson/ illus. Sophie Blackall, Putnam $16.99 Score:)

Gia's Mama is going to have a baby and Gia is anything but thrilled about becoming a big sister. Without being mean and nasty, Mia's view, as the event comes closer, is told with utter honesty. Woodson's language is on the mark with each new turn of events and Blackall's illustrations capture the moods that carry this to a tender ending. Cleverly, the new baby does not appear in a typical storybook happy ending. Instead there's some bittersweet to go along with that very sweet Pecan Pie.

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

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2010 Award
Don't Want to Go!
(by Shirley Hughes, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

When Lily's mom comes down with the flu and dad has to go to work, where will Lily spend the day?Her Daddy arranges for her to stay at Melanie's house. Lily does not want to go! The expression on Lily's face as they head down the street are priceless. Much as she did not want to go, Lily discovers that the funny baby, the cute little dog and the kind Melanie are surprisingly good fun. So, when Daddy comes back for her—Lily doesn't want to go. A re-assuring book about trying new things.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
First Time Sleepover and Big Day Out
(by Jess Stockham, Child's Play $5.99 Score:)

These are two of a new series of toddler books about first time experiences. Unlike the usual psychodrama with separation tears, these slice-of-life books follow the process of going to the museum or on a first sleeepover (with Mommy along). The colorful illustrations follow events as they would typically unfold in the best of all possible worlds. Maybe these should have been titled, Second Time, since the child seems to know just what comes next and the supporting adult in each setting. The illustrations are cheerful, colorful and populated with a multi-cultural cast of characters. Printed on sturdy cardboard stock, they will withstand unpracticed and often rough handling toddlers dole out as they look at their books independently. Unlike usual storybooks, the text is not so much a story as it is a chronicle of a typical event. It is peppered with lots of questions that will invite opinions of the young listener, as well. Another two titles in the series are worth looking at as well; Nursery, about going to school and Baby Sitter, when Mom and Dad go out for an evening. There are all good choices for 2's and 3's.

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

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2010 Award
First Time Baby Sitter and Nursery School
(by Jess Stockham, Childs Play $5.99 Score:)

These are two of a new series of toddler books about first time experiences. Unlike the usual psychodrama with separation tears, these slice-of -life books follow the process of going to nursery school or being left with a sitter without the tears. The colorful illustrations follow events as they would typically unfold in the best of all possible worlds. Maybe these should have been titled, Second Time, since the child seems to know just what comes next and the supporting adult in each setting. The illustrations are cheerful, colorful and populated with a multi-cultural cast of characters. Printed on sturdy cardboard stock, they will withstand unpracticed and often rough handling toddlers dole out as they look at their books independently. Unlike usual storybooks, the text is peppered with lots of questions that will invite opinions of the young listener, as well. Two other titles in the series are worth looking at as well; Big Day Out, about a trip to a museum and Sleepover, an overnight away from home but with Mom. There are all good choices for 2's and 3's.

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

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2010 Award
Lion's Lunch
(by Fiona Tierney/illus. by Margaret Chamberlain, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

When Sarah goes walking in the jungle she is stopped and threatened by the king of beasts, himself. When he threatens to eat her up, she borrows time by offering to draw his picture. It's that mean looking image that shakes lion up and when the others agree that is how he looks, lion resolves to change his ways. A bit of on the preachy side, this is nevertheless a story that just might help kids understand how others see bullies. It may not make them change their ways, but it might be a good story for a group of kids to discuss. 4 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Waiting for Baby and My New Baby
(by Rachel Fuller, Child's Play $4.99 Score:)

You won't find any psychobabble here. These two sturdy board books are illustrated with all the typical events of getting ready for the new baby and the arrival. The illustrations and text both invite a lot of talking rather than simply listening. They do not anticipate the mountains of feelings that the arrival of a new baby brings. That's a different story. These two little books are a refreshing walk on the sunny side! Just right for toddlers and young preschoolers. 2 & up.

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

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