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2008 Award
Paper Fashions Fancy
(Klutz $21.95 Score:) Paper cut out books were never so open ended. Here the fashions are designed by using templates on a variety of papers that are supplied for inspiration. There are trims as well to add to the original designer clothes that kids can dream up. A goodly supply of fashion ideas are provided in the pages, but the real fun is in making them truly your own. This is a satisfying kind of kit for kids who are at that stage when their own drawings are sometimes not all they would want them to be. A supply of tiny metal hangers to hang your designs on. No scissor is provided, but tips on cutting are. They say 8 & up. We think this will challenge even slightly older kids.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Create YOur Own Fashions
(Klutz $21.95 Score:) Remember your Barbie Tracing kit? This is a non-Barbie version with plenty of possibilities for young designers. There are two models and lots of stick on clothes. The young designer puts the ensemble together on a template. There are faces, hairstyles, clothing and accessories. Then they trace their design and figure. Now they can add textures and color. Testers liked the open ended-ness of something that on the surface appears to be little more than a tracing kit. This is a satisfying kind of kit for kids who are at that stage when their own drawings are sometimes not all they would want them to be. Calls for a lot of fine motor skills that kids may be willing to apply when they like what they are doing. 8 & up, up, up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Yoko Writes Her Name
(by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Yoko is excited to be going to Kindergarten, but when she gets there she is not so happy any more. Her writing in Japanese is seen as scribbling by classmates who tell her she will not graduate. Not to worry. This is a good one for talking about misinformation that often creates the kind of needless worry Yoko has in this little drama. As always, Rosemary Wells’ artwork adds much to the little story. 3-6.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I Will Surprise My Friend!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:) Another in the Elephant and Piggie series. After seeing how much fun two squirrels have playing at surprising each other, Elephant and Piggie play the game, but they end up scaring each other. It’s an easy to read format, though some of the words may not be all that easy. Still from context, this will be fun for beginning readers. Also excellent, I Love My New Toy! An excellent series for first graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Thumb Doodle Book
(Klutz $14.95 Score:) Getting boys and girls to hone their fine motor skills for writing may be a little easier with this entertaining Thumbprint book. Kids dip their fingers into the paint pads and then add features to create cartoon like doodles. It’s not great at, but it is good fun and even better, it can make using a pen less ominous. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Klutz Build a Book
(Klutz $12.95 Score:) There are two versions of this book making kit. Both are guided book making with suggested art and materials provided to make the pages that show our family, favorite things, stuff you like to do and friends. Sure, your child can make this kind of book without buying a kit, but this one is spiral bound and provides some inspiration. Another version of the book that is titled “All About My Family.” These are the kinds of projects that get better with age. More fun to look at 10 years from now than they may be when the glue is still drying.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Little Bit Scary People
(by Emily Jenkins/ illus. by Alexandra Boiger, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) First impressions can be wrong—no doubt about that. This may take the concept too far, but it is a good talking book that parents and teachers can use to talk about not jumping to conclusions. 6 & up. littlebitscarypeople.jpg

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
My Dad, John McCain
(by Meghan McCain/ illus. by Dan Andreasen, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:) Told in the first person, this daughter’s telling of her father’s life story is kept simple and straightforward. Of course, the first marriage and family are left out of this telling. A surprising omission, given the huge number of kids who know all about divorces and having step siblings. The overriding message of this biography is that Meghan’s dad never gives up fighting for what he believes in.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Abe's Honest Words
(by Doreen Rappaport/ illus. by Kadir Nelsonby Matt, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations add much to this telling of Lincoln's life and his memorable words. It is not an in depth biography, but gives young readers an overview of his life from boyhood on to the political stage and his views of slavery and his determination to hold save the Union. Kadir Nelson's illustrations are infused with light and drama that intensify the mood of Lincoln's inspiring words.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Awards
Touch and Tickle
(by Sanja Rescek, Childs Play $4.99 Score:) Four little games to play with babies are illustrated in this colorful little board book. You can say the rhymes or play them with the baby in your lap. This darling little book includes: Two Little Eyes, Round and Round the Garden, Criss Cross Apple Sauce, and Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly. Also worth considering, Bounce & Jiggle with four other lap games. 3 months & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009.

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