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Age: Preschoolers
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2010 Award
My Mother is So Smart
(by Tomie DePaola, Putnam $16.99 Score:)

Do you remember how once they get started on the subject of their moms, kids can come up with some amazing feats their moms can do?  Often, Mom is the expert who is quoted as the ultimate expert on any subject--even one she may not have ever discussed. In this homage to one little boy's mom, Tomie DePaola has covered everything from childcare to standing on her head. After sharing this book it might be fun to make a list of the things your child thinks you can do. Pictures added by camera or by child would make a collectible you will treasure years from now. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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 Awards
Grandma's Smile
(by Randy Siegel/ illus. Dyanne Disalvo, Roaring Brook $15.99 Score:)

Poor Grandma has lost her smile and there is just one solution. Busy as her grandson is, he and his mom manage to take a plane and go help Grandma find that smile. A large part of this story is about the annoying business of getting there. Every kid who has been through the long lines at the airport will completely get it. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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
Because I Am Your Daddy
(by Sherry North/ illus. by Marcellus Hall, Abrams Books $15.95 Score:)

A new classic! A moving ode to love between daddy and child. It goes from one occupation to another saying what Daddy would do if he were a pilot, a ball player, a scientist, a drummer and more. Each profession is illustrated with joyful images of father and child and a verse about what good old dad would do. A celebration of love that builds to a perfect ending with these loving words: “Because I’m your daddy, I would do anything for you.” A keeper! Bring it home for Father’s Day.

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

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2010 Award
Daddy's Little Scout
(by Janet Bingham/ illus. by Rosiland Beardshaw, Scholastic $10.99 Score:)

Little Fox goes out for the day with his dad and together they discover all the woodland animals making their homes. Big Fox is s totally pleasantest look fox. He is a patient and caring parent. As night falls the two go to their own home, which is just right for them. Oddly enough there is no Mama Fox in this story. Not a problem, but worth mentioning as there must be many homes where this would reflect reality and it is rare to find in picture books. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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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2010 Award
Guess How Much I Love You All Year Long
(by Sam McBratney/ illus. Anita Jeram, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Four seasons are celebrated in style in this darling collection of stories with the Big and Little Nutbrown Hares. An oversized picture book with four tender stories about colors, growing up, playing pretend, and an I spy game that is a valentine! These are each little stories to share with your toddler. Read one or read them all, but be prepared to read these endearing little stories again and again. Oddly enough this was published abroad in 2007, but this is a first edition in the United States--thanks goodness they finally did this one! 18 months & up.

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

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2010 Award
The Fathers Are Coming
(by Margaret Wise Brown/ illus. Stephen Savage, McElderry/Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:)

"It's nighttime and the fathers are coming home."  That's how this lyrical bedtime book begins. Now, the fathers who return to their little ones are a fish, a bug (a father ladybug, of all things), a rabbit, daddy longlegs, a dog, bird, snail, lion, pig, and of course, a boy's father. The story is told in few words, indeed there is not much story, but the comfort of being together, written in a time when 'togetherness' ruled, resonates many decades later and makes for a cozy book to share. Written by the creator of Good Night Moon. 3 & up.

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

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