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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2013 Award
Cinderelephant
(Emma Dodd, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Recast with a seriously strange cast, this retelling of Cinderella is visually fun and full of not too subtle word play. Cinderelephant's ugly cousins are two warthogs, known as the Warty Sisters and her fairy godmother is a small mouse who provides a stretch limo and requisite ballroom fashions. It's apparent from the start that Prince Trunky, son of King Saggy and Queen Wrinkly, will find his mate when Cinderelephant appears. There are few surprises here. That said, it is amusing to share and compare with the original. Do a bit of comparative lit and maybe spin another Cindy Tale with a different cast and even a different adventure. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Award
I'm a Frog!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie has discovered the thrill of pretending, but his good friend, Gerald simply does not understand. Once again, Mo Willems has managed with few words and lots of action to give young readers a story they can read with pleasure and relative independence. Level 1

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

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2013 Award
The Silver Button
(Bob Graham, Candlewick $19 Score:)

On the same day that Jodie put a silver button on the duck she is drawing and her little brother took his first steps, Bob Graham gives us a world-wide view of all the things that are going on just outside their window and beyond. It's a big idea that may be more adult-like than one little children can put their arms around. That said, the illustrations are evocative and the idea is worth introducing to feed the imagination and a sense of the bigger world. To bring it closer to home, why not talk about what you thing others you know are doing at this very moment while you are sharing a storybook.

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

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2013 Award
Captain Cat
(by Inga Moore, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Captain Cat loves cats. He foolishly trades valuable objects when he sees another cat. As a trader he is something of a failure until he visits an island where they are having a problem that he and his cats can solve. Inga Moore's folktale style art matches her amusing story (unless of course, you are squeamish about a few pages that feature the demise of many rats.) There's a good yarn here that will make for entertaining reading.

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

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2013 Awards
Nina's Book of Little Things
(Keith Haring, Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Created for Nina Clemente for her 7th birthday, this is a welcome reissue of a book designed by the late artist, Keith Haring. Designed as more of an activity book that kids can draw, paste, tape or 'hammer' into, Haring invites children to collect and draw little things. Destined to become a time capsule of your child's view that will be a unique treasure. 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Bugs: A Stunning Pop-up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy-Crawlies
(by George McGavin/ illus Jim Kay, Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Although this is a pop-up, the reading level and fine print are definitely way beyond beginners. The paper crafting is detailed and sure to please. Entomologist, George McGavin gives budding scientists a guided tour of a wasp's nest, where bugs live, a cockroach's body, and more. 7 & up

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
Year of the Jungle
(by Suzanne Collins/ illus. James Promimos, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

A remarkable memoir, written from the point of view of first grader whose father has gone off to war. Suzanne Collins'(author of Hunger Games) father was deployed for a year during the Viet Nam war.  But war is war, and for those who are dealing with or have known the separation and rollercoaster of emotions, this says it all. Even the happy ending is more realistic than most and better than the reality was for too many. 6 & up.

 

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

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2013 Award
Tallulah's Nutcracker
(Clarion $16.99 Score:)

When Tallulah is chosen to be a mouse with a real ballet company she has great dreams of being a star. To become a professional dancer is her dream. All goes well until the night opening night when Tallulah's dreams get tripped up. For all the little ballerinas who will be going to The Nutcracker ( or perhaps dancing in one) Tallulah's story will resonate and reassure them, too. Bravo, Tallulah! 4-8

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

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2013 Awards
Grandfather's Journey
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Twenty years have passed since this moving classic was first published and won the Caldecott Award. Allen Say's stunning paintings capture a time past and tell the story of his grandfather's love for two countries and his longing to be in both. Though not all immigrants could or would return to the land they left behind, Say's story speaks to a deeper longing for the happy places and people we have loved, those places and people we keep in our hearts wherever we may be. Grandfather's Journey is set in both America and Japan, but it is a universal story of love and long—a multi-generational book about all of us. A new 30th anniversary edition is now available as a free audio download (read by the author) on the publisher's website.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Coral Reefs
(Seymour SImon, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Newest in Seymour Simon's excellent collection of young science books. His clear prose and the full color photos give readers a close-up look at the colorful world that thrives just off tropical sunny shores. Simon never talks down to his readers, but helps them stretch as he opens new views of living things in the sea. Read it aloud to your 6-7 or bring it home for 8's and up to read on their own.

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

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