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2007 Award
Germs Are Not For Sharing
(by Elizabeth Verdick/ illus. by Marieka Heinlen, Free Spirit Publishing $7.95 Score:) One of an excellent series of books that invites conversations with young kids about simple lifestyle issues. It talks directly about cover one’s mouth when you cough, using a tissue when you sneeze, washing your hands, etc. O.K. it’s a little on the preachy side, but some things are worth repeating and finding them in a book may make a bigger impression. 2’s & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Charley has a wobbly tooth, so Maisy and his other friend go to the dentist with him. A playful choice for previewing a trip to the dentist. Nothing scary here, just a chair that goes up, down and around and a toothbrush that does the same.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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That's What Grandpas Are For
(by Harriet Ziefert/ illus by Deborah Zemke, Blue Apple $12.95 Score:) Totally available, non-critical and willing, the star of this little fantasy does whatever is needed to light up the life of the narrator grandchild. After a long list of things Grandpa will do, the last part of the book shifts gears listing all the lovely ways the grandchild returns that affection. A little over the top, but it does celebrate the loving relationship that some are lucky enough to have between generations. Choose this or the Grandma version.

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

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2007 Award
Henry's Freedom Box
(by Ellen Levine/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Told with an economy of words, this moving story does not miss a beat in capturing the powerful story of a slave family torn apart and the courage of a man who was determined to be free. This tale of the Underground Railroad is based on the true story of a man who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box and lived to tell of it. 7 & up.

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

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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
(by Margaret McNamara/ illus. by G. Brian Karas, Random House $14.99 Score:) Charlie hates lining up since he is always the smallest in his class. So, when the class has to speculate on which of three pumpkins will have the most seeds, Charlie is sure smallest will have least. McNamara manages to add a little math to the story that basically centers on self concept- or as my 5’ small Mom would have said, “Good things come in small packages!”

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

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2007 Award
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy
(by Tedd Arnold, Scholastic $5.99 Score:) Another funny tale of Fly Guy. This time it’s a variation on the familiar folk song about the old lady who swallowed a fly. Arnold has just the right pace and humor to appeal to the beginning reader. In this case the pictures will guide the reading of sight worlds and the text should go well for kids in late first, early second grade. If this is a hit, see the others in the series, Hi! Fly Guy, Super Fly Guy and Shoo, Fly Guy. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Night Creatures
(by Wade Cooper, Scholastic $3.99 Score:) These animal riddles and photographic answers are just right for early 2nd graders. The rhyming text makes for easier reading.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
I'm Big Enough
(by Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow, Orchard $12.99 Score:) Kids attached to their “blankies” will relate to Bean, a bunny who tries to give up her special blanket and them misses it terribly. Alls well that end well, but real life kids may not make this leap so easily. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Olivia Helps With Christmas
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $18.99 Score:) Saucy as ever and full of holiday spirit, Olivia takes a few too many things into her own porcine hooves. She feeds the baby blueberry pie and oh, my, she tosses her cookies. You will have a good laugh when she ingeniously finds a very small tree for the table top—the top of another tree. With fold out gates and lots of humor, this is sure to please the grown-ups who will surely be asked to read it again and again. 4-8.

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

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2008 Award
Great Joy
(by Kate DiCamillo /illus by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) Frances is getting ready for the Christmas pageant, but she is worried about where the organ grinder and his monkey, on the street corner, go at night. While adults, including her mother seem less concerned, Frances is more than curious. Set in the early 40’s this timepiece has a back-story that will not be apparent to children. Organ grinders are a thing of the past, as are the old fashioned cars, and fashions. The red, white and blue buntings mixed in with the Christmas decorations reflect the same era that only older grandparents will recall. Add to this, Frances’ father in his Naval uniform, who appears only in a photo on the shelf, but is never mentioned in the story. Paintings with a warm glow of another era add much to the power of this endearing story about the joy found in caring for others. A gem that connects the past and the present.

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

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