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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 

 
2014 Awards
Curious George Visits the Dentist
(H.A. Rey, et al, Houghton Mifflin $13.99 Score:)

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience. In another newly created adventure, done in the style of the classic series by Margret and H.A. Rey, here is an entertaining way to preview the event. Like kids, Curious George is not too eager to go and leads everyone in the dentist's office on a merry chase. Lucky for him it all comes out well in the end. 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

As always Pigeon is up to his spunky, stubborn ways. This time he insists he does not need a bath, even though the rest of the world is telling him otherwise. Mo Willems manages to convey everything every reluctant bather has ever expressed with a very few words, humor, and artful images that will speak to the great unbathed. 3-5

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Grandma
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

For young children the long good-bye of a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be especially frightening. A grandparent is not just forgetting, but suddenly no able to do many of the things they used to enjoy together. Even more upsetting, Grandma may act angry, even when the child has done nothing wrong. In this tender book, Jessica Shepherd tells the story with clarity, mixing in the reality without turning this into a dark journey for a young child. It's a reassuring book that follows Grandma to a nursing home with its ups and downs. Finally it speaks to the child's need to know that with all these changes, the caring comfort of loved ones is there. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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Awards
It's Not Yours, It's Mine!
(by Susanna Moores, Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

Blieka, has a new toy--a big red ball. It's all Blieka's! It's not to share. In fact, as Blieka puts it, "It's not yours, it's mine!" Yet, before long, Blieka discovers others sometimes have needed skills. A small but unpreachy storybook with a gentle lesson worth sharing. Bleika, by the way is never referred to as a him or a her--making this one hare that both boys and girls can identify with ease. 3-7.

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

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2013 Award
What's In There?
(Robie H. Harris/ illus. Nadine Bernard Westcott, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Newest in her collection of books that answer questions kids have when a new baby is expected. Once again, the story features a multi-racial couple. Westcott's illustrations show the baby in utero as it is growing while the text answers the children's questions.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
jacob's eye patch
(Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw/ illus. by Jules F, Simon & Schuster $17 Score:)

Jacob is impatient to get to the store. Today is the big day. He's getting the light up globe he's been longing for, only at every turn there seem to be people delaying Jacob and his mom. Mostly the delays are about the patch he wears on his good eye to make his weak eye stronger. Jacob has no time for this today. With humor and not a whole lot of medical info, this lively book says a lot to kids with similar conditions and to kids who are curious about them. The afterward written by nine-year old Jacob and his mom add another dimension. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer, this is a book for kids on both sides of a patch.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
(by Kimberly and James Dean, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Pete puts on a pair of magic sun-glasses that turn his gloom into sunshine. If only cheering up could be that simple, right? Without apology, this is one of those contrived message books that are as simplistic as most TV sitcoms, but that said, it has a repetitive story line that makes it a good choice for beginning readers. As an added value kids can go to the harpercollins.com website and see animated video versions of this and other Pete the Cat stories online. 4-8

Check out the HarperCollins online free audio/video, a good way to encourage kids to follow along and develop a variety of reading skills and pace.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook
(Matthew Mead, Downtown Bookworks $18.99 Score:)

Getting kids (especially boys) into cooking just got easier with this Super Hero themes cookbook. Illustrated in full color photos for eye appeal, some recipes call for food coloring, others use cookie cutters with Super Hero symbols (not included), and still others foods are decorated with colored sugar or paprika with the sturdy stencils that are in the back of the book. Kids will also like the punch-our action figures that can be taped to toothpicks and used to decorate foods. For picky eaters, this just might make certain foods more appealing. A Man of Steel Burger has a Superman shield made of cheese and ketchup; while red and yellow pepper stars are cut out to decorate Wonder Woman pizzas. If you are planning a themed party this will help you add shazam to the food choices. There are power drinks, mighty main dishes, sweet treats, hero sandwiches, naturally, and even breakfasts for a flying start! 

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Animal Book:A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest,Cleverest...
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $21.99 Score:)

A stunning combination of collage animal images and information fill this big book with facts about the fastest, fiercest, cleverest and more creatures of the world. A fascinating book to dip into rather than one you must read from front to back. Want to know about how their eyes work? How they defend themselves? Their family life? Steve Jenkins goes well beyond the usual. He includes images and facts about creatures that push kids out of their comfort zone. For kids who like making art, Jenkins gives them a look at how he works to create the collages and a timeline for making a book. 6-10

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Animal Opposites, a Pop-up Book
(by Petr Horacek, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

With flaps to lift and animals that pop-up, this is a visually lively way to introduce or reinforce concepts of opposites, although some examples are less concrete than others and children may have other words to describe opposites. A book of few words that stretches knowing and naming skills with a meerkat, sloth, cheetah, and words that describe their sounds, actions, size, or appearance. The paper engineering is dynamic! 3-6

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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