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2006 Award
Our Eleanor
(by Candace Fleming, Atheneum $19.95 Score:) You can read this from front to back or dip into the one- and two-page sections that address a particular moment in Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life. There are tons of pictorial materials, photos, newspapers, cartoons, and letters that fill in this “scrapbook” and give young readers a sense of Eleanor’s life as she grew from lonely child to greatly admired leader in a time when there were few such women in the world. 10–14.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Rosa
(by Nikki Giovanni/illus. by Bryan Collier, Holt $16.95 Score:) With quiet strength and dignity, Rosa Parks led people to stand up for their rights just as she refused to give up her seat on the bus. Beautifully crafted, the story builds as it tells of those who changed the law; the foldout pages show the many people who followed her lead and walked instead of riding the buses in Montgomery. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
So You Want to be an Explorer
(by Judith St. George/illus. by David Small, Philomel $16.99 Score:) A bit less focused than this team’s So You Want to be President?, this is an interesting concept book that introduces young readers to certain commonalities that explorers through the ages share, such as being curious, adventurous, and determined. They are also risk-takers who respect native people they meet along their way. This will not replace the encyclopedia for school assignments, but rather will address the spirit of exploring in ways that the facts in encyclopedias sometimes forget. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
(by April Jones Prince/illus. by Francois Roca, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) We had a similar story based on true events last year. In that version the child storyteller is at the center of the story and longs to go on the newly built Brooklyn Bridge. In this one, it’s P.T. Barnum who comes up with the solution. Either way, it’s a great story and speaks to the fears people have of most new things. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
(by Kathleen V. Kudlinski/illus. by S.D. Schindler, Dutton $15.99 Score:) A refreshing look at dinosaurs, contrasting what we used to think we knew, with what we think we know now. As interesting as the information is in this book, it’s the bigger idea that wins the day by helping young people see that our body of knowledge is not fixed and closed, but rather is ever-growing and often changing. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
I Love Tennis
(by Naia Bray-Moffatt, DK $12.95 Score:) Kids who

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Art in a Box
(by Sarah Richardson, Abrams Books $19.95 Score:) You don’t need to get to the Tate in London to enjoy these activity cards. Each has a work of art on one side, and suggestions and questions for looking at the details of the art on the reverse. But this is more than an exercise in art appreciation; each card has open-ended art activities that relate to the art, creative exercises that kids (and adults) are likely to enjoy together. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Seen Art?
(by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Viking $16.99 Score:) One boy is looking for his friend Art and ends up on tour at the new MOMA in New York. For those who have seen the collection, the reproductions here might lend some recall. This is a one-joke book with small reproductions of a major collection. Good, not great. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Imagine
(by Norman Messenger, Candlewick $17.99 Score:) As an object, this is a book designed to engage children in looking, and looking again to discover more than a quick glance will reveal. It’s a visual romp for older children—not the very young who may find some of the images frightening. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2006 Award
Rose and Riley
(by Jane Cutler/illus. by Thomas F. Yezerski, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Three predictable stories about Rose, a youngish vole, and Riley, an older and wiser groundhog; one about wanting to use new umbrellas in the rain, another about un-birthdays, and a last one about nighttime fears with a clever solution that might satisfy young worriers. Also amusing, Rose and Riley Come and Go.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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