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2006 Award
Egypt: In Spectacular Cross Section
(by Stephen Biesty, Scholastic $18.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations fill this oversized view of ancient Egypt. He shows us an 11-year-old boy and his father on a 30-day journey up the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Miniatures to study in cutaway views and text that explains the details.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Why?
(by Lila Prap, Kane Miller $14.95 Score:) Why do hyenas laugh? In bold print around the amusing illustration, there are all sorts of silly answers. But to the right a scientific explanation tells all. A collection of questions about animals such as the zebra, kangaroo, monkey, and many more are answered in the same way. Kids might enjoy making up more Q & As to go with other animals. 6 & up.

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

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2006 Award
From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls' Clothing in America
(by Leslie Sills, Holiday House $16.95 Score:) Future clothing and costume designers or those keen on clothes will enjoy this pictorial history. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

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

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2006 Award
Memories of Survival
(by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Embroidered panels are done by a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and are accompanied with her own words and a commentary by her daughter. Stunning! 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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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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