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Age: Preschoolers

 


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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2014 Award
Tilly's Staycation
(Childs Play $16.99 Score:)

It is vacation time and all of Tilly's friends are going away. Tilly keeps hoping that Mom is going to come up with a trip, even to Grandma's. But Mom has other ideas and Tilly discovers the fun of their special "staycation." 3-5

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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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
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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2013 Award
Mama, Baby, & Other First Words
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of Mamas, Papas, and others as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them.  Also in the series a collection called Animals in Art.

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

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2013 Award
Animals in Art
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of animals as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by Degas, Rousseau, Manet and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them. Also in the series a collection called Mama, Baby & Other First Words.

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

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2013 Award
Journey
(by Aaron Becker, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Remember little Harold with his Purple Crayon? Flash forward to a somewhat older girl with a magical red crayon in her lonely room. When her parents are too busy to give her the time of day, she draws her way out of her confining home and into a world where quick thinking and her magic crayon transport her on a wondrous journey that goes far beyond the imaginary world of Harold's. A wordless page-turning adventure that children can tell in their own words or silently to themselves. A keeper!

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

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