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Product Type: Books
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Science

 


2012 Award
Demolition
(by Sally Sutton /illus. Brian Lovelock , Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Big machines are often fascinating for preschoolers. Usually books focus on construction sites where new buildings are going up. This one takes a look at the reverse—a building going down with a surprising construction for an ending. The text is full of lively action words that crackle with the sounds wrecking balls and parts that crunch and snap. All are illustrated with bold images. Unlike construction sites where one cannot linger, these pages are fun to explore without some grownup saying, "We have to go home now."

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
About Habitats: Oceans
(by Cathryn Sill/ illus. John Sill, Peachtree Press $16.99 Score:)

A very fundamental book about the nature of oceans and the life in them. It's part of a nature series for the very young. It does not have the joyous color of Wow! Ocean! But it has small factoids and a very clear overall message about the diverse creatures and nature of the great salt water bodies that we call, Oceans. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Butterfly Tree
(by Sandra Markle/ illus. by Leslie Wu, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

Our family experienced this kind of magic just once, a very long ago, so this book resonates with a tender memory our family shared. Our house is gone now, the children are grown, and though we always hoped the monarchs would return again, it was, as the author writes in this lovely book, a treasured memory that does last. It's hard to know if the book will replace the experience for those who have never seen a flock of Monarchs filling several trees. One can only hope that you will have such an experience at least once!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Who Has What? All About Girls Bodies and Boys Bodies
(by Robie H. Harris/ illus. by Nadine Bernard Westc, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Clear, straightforward information with simple pictures make this an excellent way to answer questions of preschoolers about their bodies. The lively child centered illustrations are full of action and not at all textbookish. The language neither speaks down nor over the heads of young children. Without overloading the text with more than they want to know, this book gives you a chance to convey information that kids are curious to know. Some children are reluctant to ask and some parents are reluctant to tell. Robie Harris' Who Has What? Can solve both sides of the conundrum without discomfort.

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

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2011 Award
Pumpkin Cat
(by Anne Mortimer, HarperCollins $14.99 Score:)

In this young science book a small mouse and a big beautiful cat plant pumpkin seeds in a pot and step by step show the young reader how to grow seeds. Of course, it may be a stretch to call a cat and mouse friendship a science book, yet this furry partnership does tell the very simple but clear story of how to plant a pumpkin. There is no drama, yet the expressions on Cat's face and the friendship between the two has a quiet charm. Anne Mortimer's quizzical looking cat is so lovable you want to reach in and pat his head. 4 & up.

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

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2011 Award
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Young children are more fascinated by weather changes than we sometimes realize. In this lift-the-lap and pull-the tab-adventure, Maisy shares that wonder and delight. After you share this, you might like to start keeping a weather calendar and have your preschooler draw a sun or rain or snowman on date. At the end of the week--count how many sunny days you had. This kind of beginning record keeping is a fun way to keep the curiosity alive with observing and recording what they see in their own world. For early school aged kids, look at the review for How the Weather Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate.

 

Play It!
Kids are fascinated with weather and soon notice the connections between weather and what they can do. You can enlarge on that interest by putting up a calendar with spaces they can draw on. Have them color in a sun or rain or snowman each day. At the end of the week count up how many sunny days you had. Were there more sunny days than rainy ones? This kind of simple record keeping involves drawing, counting, and comparing. You are also introducing them to the names of the days of the week and the numerals on the grid. It is also a fun way to keep curiosity alive by observing and recording what they see in their own world.

Song to Sing
Rain, Rain go away
Come again another day
_____name____want s to go out and play
So rain , rain go away!

To the tune of the Bear Went Over the Mountain.
There are seven days in week
Seven days in the week
Seven days in the we-e-e-ek...
And now I'll name them for you...
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

             A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual.

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

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2011 Award
I Spy with My Little Eye
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Don't be fooled by the title. This is quite different from the many wonderful I Spy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wicks, that we recommend for older kids. It's wonderful in its own way.

I Spy With My Little Eye is designed for much younger kids who are somewhat beyond beginner games of peek-e-boo. It's also a science book that gives very young kids a nugget of information about the animal that will be revealed as you go from the cut-away detail to the image of the whole creature. In some ways this is a bit more like Eric Carle's Polar Bear and Brown Bear "knowing and naming" books. That said, the illustrations are fresh and full of vitality and the playful format will no doubt appeal to older toddlers and preschoolers. Printed on sturdy stock it is well designed to withstand the page turning of inexperienced little hands.

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

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2011 Award
Wow! Ocean!
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $17.99 Score:)

Newest in his "Wow!" series, Robert Neubecker's dynamic illustrations give kids a whirlwind look at life in the ocean. His colorful images swim across the pages. Some pages open wide for long double spreads of sea creatures in the tide pool, on the coral reef, in the deep and beyond. There are labels on some pages, but no story as such. The vibrant images on the page will provide much to talk about and ponder. This is a science book, an art book, a fun to look at together-and-alone kind of book. Most of all it says look at all the wondrous life that is under the water just beyond the sand shore! Wow! Indeed!

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Magic Art
You'll need: a wax candle or a white waxy crayon, white or manilla construction paper, blue and greenish water color paint and brush.
Step 1. Draw lots of fish—big and small on the white paper. They will hardly be visible.
Step 2. Make a light wash of blue and or greenish blue watercolor paint.
Step 3. Use a big brush to paint over the waxy drawing and abracadabra the drawings will appear.

Wow! Shells !
On your next trip to the beach take a photo of your child gathering up plenty of small shells to bring home for crafts. Wash the shells in sudsy water and let them dry on the sun. Kids can paint them or leave them as they are in a natural state. Bring home and inexpensive plastic picture frame and white glue. Together paste the shells around the border of the frame. When they dry in place put the photo in the frame and you have a double Wow! A happy memory!

       A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual. 

Click to buy Read It! Play It!

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

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2010 Award
Little Helpers
(Innovative Kids $6.99 Score:)

Eco messages are often filled with guilt instead of positive actions that kids can realistically be a part of in the quest to make our world greener. That's what we like about this little book that delivers on simple actions that can make the world a better place.

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

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2010 Award
Green Start Storybook & Plush Sets
(Innovative Kids $9.99 Score:)

There are four different storybooks and four matching plush animals in this series. Each storybook tells a story about the featured animal -- where it lives and how. These are little science books told in simple fashion with clear illustrations. Each is packaged with a small huggable plush animal that fits in a little hand. There's one about Little Gorilla, Little Polar Bear, Little Elephant, and Little Panda. You can't go wrong with any of them. 3 & up.

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

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