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2007 Award
Time Out, Buzzy
(by Harriet Ziefert, illus. Emily Bolam, , Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) When young Buzzy, a little donkey gets sent to him room for a time out, he gives his toys a dose of the same medicine. It’s a more childlike solution than going off to the Where the Wild Things dwell.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Buzzy's Big Beach Book
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $9.95 Score:) A seaside adventure as the waves come in and knock down one sand castle and a determined little donkey and his dad rebuild again. The second story deals with a reluctant little bather and how his dad helps him overcome his fears of the water. Old toddlers/ young preschoolers.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways
(by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) In the words of Yogi Bear, these two are not your average fox. When their dad starts making cucumber sandwiches, the two decide to runaway. Little did they think they would not be missed. After hours of trying to get along they return home only to find that dad has saved those cucumber sandwiches for them. This one is followed by a funny tale about a time capsule and Zelda’s writer’s block. 2nd grade.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $12.99 Score:) Pigeon is back and as usual has his own stubborn view of the world. In this case, he is not sleepy, no matter how many times he yawns. In fact, that might be a good way to get the yawning started…read this with lots of wide hammy yawns and it might become catching! This is one of those books that grown-ups might love better than little kids. 4-40.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Ella Sets the Stage
(by Carmela and Steven D'Amico, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Series often go down hill, but Ella, a little Elephant, has stories that just keep getting better. This time Ella is shy about being in the talent show, but not so competitive that she can’t help her friends. In the end they want to give her a special award for her talent as a good friend. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Let's Play in the Forest
(by Claudia Rueda, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Preschoolers will catch on before those innocent creatures who keep asking if wolf is there. Adapted from a game played in France and Latin America, the animals in the forest don’t seem to recognize wolf as he dresses and gets hungrier and hungrier. But not to worry, this is a kinder gentler wolf than one might expect. The whole game ends in a chuckle of relief! 3 7 up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Tough Little Bu
(by Emily Jenkins/ illus. by Paul Zelinsky, Random House $16.95 Score:) A charming book just right for sharing at bedtime. Readers come to know three favorite toys of a little girl. Someone Called Plastic discovers he's really a rubber bouncing ball. Stingray discovers he's not a real stingray and the Little Buffalo discovers that he is truly treasured by the little girl and her friends. A calmer, less action-packed version of Toy Story.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2006 Award
Move!
(by Steve Jenkins & Rbin Page, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) A handsome book about the way animals move. Using life like illustrations made of paper cut designs the language of the book connects a single concept of motion to mean two quite different meanings. For example, a spider “floats on a thread of silk’ while a “polar bear floats in dark, icy water.” The juxtaposition of animals large and small give new meaning to seemingly simple words. There is no story here, but a lot to talk about. 4-8.

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

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2007 Award
Below
(by Nina Crews, Holt $16.95 Score:) Jack and his little action figure Guy have quite an adventure when the latter falls between a crack in the stairs and everyone is too busy to help rescue him. Using her very special photo-collage technique, Crews shows us what Jack is imagining and what Guy might be doing. While some may prefer to see such things in the mind’s eye, these require making a leap into someone else’s imaginings. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Wow! America!
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Wow! Is the right word to describe the exuberant oversized illustrations of America’s landmarks. From north, south, east, and west, these are glorious illustrations, some with fold out gates that add to the delight! Like his earlier Wow! City! This is a book for talking your way through. There’s not a lot of text. In fact nothing more than a “Wow!” and a single word label plus a brief line of text that tells only the smallest tidbit of information. But this is a book for talking and exploring visually as each page is rich with bold images to savor. A whirlwind tour of America for the young and young at heart. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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