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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Science

 


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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1998 Award
Have You Seen Bugs?
(by Joanne Oppenheim/illus Ron Broda, Scholastic Canada $14.99 Score:)

Publishers Weekly

Eye-popping artwork headlines this sensational picture book in praise of insects. Oppenheim's (Have You Seen Birds?) sprightly verse takes an up-close-and-personal view of bugs in all their splendid variety ("Bugs with stripes/ or speckles/ or spots,/ shiny like metal/ or covered in dots"). Meanwhile, Broda's exquisite painted paper sculptures, strategically placed against a series of watercolor backdrops, give the pages depth, texture and a brilliantly surreal flavor. Readers will be craning their necks for a "how did he do that?" look at the detail, from the intricate designs of a butterfly's wing to the gleaming metallic back of a beetle. Touching upon caterpillars and crickets, ladybugs and lacewing dragonflies, author and illustrator cover a lot of ground and, thanks to Oppenheim's hardworking verse as well as the careful art, they pack in a surprising amount of information. While this finely wrought book is particularly well suited to the learning style of younger readers, those at the upper end of the target group will no doubt be equally enthralled. Ages 5-8. 


Children's Literature

You will see bugs as you have never seen them before in this informational book on how bugs move, communicate, and even help people. Rhyming verse and full page color illustrations will catch the ear and eye while reading to oneself or others. Ron Broda's award winning three-dimensional paper sculptures of colorful bugs make this a unique and different addition for a library or a classroom collection of insect books. Additional bug information as well as identification of the bug illustrations by page number is provided at the end of the book.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An alliterative, rhyming text is accompanied by dramatic, brilliantly colored, three-dimensional paper sculptures that were photographed to create the final images. This jubilant celebration of insects in a variety of habitats is reinforced informationally by a page-by-page listing of the insects depicted. While millipedes (diplopods) and spiders (arachnids) are not "bugs," most insects (class Insecta) are not "true bugs" either. All of the beasties shown are joint-legged arthropods. This is not a book for sophisticated report writers, but it's perfect for any youngster who has ever followed a flittering butterfly, pondered a spider spinning a web, or chased a twinkling firefly-and even more for those who dream of such joyous experiences. An eye-catching delight.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

available in English and French Trade-Education@scholastic.ca

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1998. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Yucky Worms
(by Vivian French/illus. Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

It may be hard to imagine a whole book just on the subject of worms, but, every page turn in Yucky Worms reveals another interesting fact that is likely to grab the attention of even the whimpiest reader. Told as a conversation between a grandmother gardener and her curious grandson, this is a work of non-fiction with a touch of humor and a lot of science. The underground images give you a slice of underground life that brings the lowly worm into focus as a positive force often overlooked. French also manages to take down a few myths about worms that have been around for years. This is what young science should look and sound like!

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

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2010 Award
Insect Detective
(by Steve Voake/ illus. Charlotte Voake, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

There are a lot of jazzier bug books out there, with tons of factoids and bright, even garish art. In contrast, the Voakes have made a quiet book. The watercolor art is more impressionistic than most non-fiction books. The narrative does not overload the listener with more than is needed. It's an accurate look at some of the most familiar bugs kids can observe. For those who may be fearful of bugs, it may, in fact, be a gentle way of opening young minds to a bigger idea...that we really need these little creatures.

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

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2010 Award
Where Do Polar Bears Live?
(by Sarah L. Thomson/ illus. by Jason Chin, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Newest in the Let's Read and Find Out series, this is an informative book about Polar Bears that is designed for young readers. Beginning with a mother bear popping out of her den, followed by her cub, this young science book traces the life of the two as the cub grows. There is a little tug of war here between the sweet fuzzy images of the Polar cub and the harsh reality of the Arctic scene. The facts of life here include the need for seals as food, with an illustration that includes the bloody hunt. Although most of the action is off-stage, so to speak, there are bloody traces on the ice as well as in the mouth of a beautiful Arctic fox, who makes off with a scrap of seal meat. Unlike most books in this series, a bit of fiction has been added with a Polar Bear Professor character appearing here and there with some facts. There is also an image of a polar bear on a scale weighing-in to show how the climate changes may threaten the animals of the Arctic, not to mention the rest of the planet. Some young and literal readers may find this switch from fact to fancy a little confusing. The author does offer some ideas of things kids can do to protect the Polar Bears. These are pretty big issues for young readers, yet perhaps school aged kids are not too young to begin to care about how their actions can cause reactions for the good.

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

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