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Age: Preschoolers

 


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 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 Award
I Spy Pets
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Newest in the I Spy with My Little Eye series. This time the cut out on each page hints about a pet that is revealed with the turn of a page. The special feature of the pet's fur, feathers, scales are seen through a small opening and then are seen in one very lavish illustration on the reveal page. Made with sturdy paper stock, this is made for little hand and their page turning explorations. There is not a lot of language, but there is a lot of possible talk and illustrations that are memorable. Good for knowing and naming fun. 2-5.

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

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2013 Award
Maisy's Fairground
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

Just in time for summer and all the annual fairground attractions, Maisy and her pals will give little ones a preview of the fun they may expect to have or the fun of replaying some of the rides they may have enjoyed. The action packed pull tabs make the bumper cars move, and there's a bouncy castle, a swing that goes high and low, a giant slide, a roller coaster, ferris wheel, treats to eat and a merry-go-round, of course. You'll want to use this together, since little hands may accidentally break the paper engineering pieces. That said, this is a fun interactive book. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
(Eve Bunting/ illus. Sergio Ruzzier, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Duck cannot find his new blue socks. So begins this journey in verse with Duck asking fox and oxand finally the peacocks if they by chance have seen his socks. A fun read-aloud and a good one for breaking the code for beginning readers. It’s a one-joke book that is pretty predictable, but probably satisfying enough to hear more than once.

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

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2013 Awards
Henny Penny
(retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $8.99 Score:)

A reissued treasure, this classic story retold and illustrated by one of the great picture book artists of the 20th century. Now in a new collection of Folk Tale Classics from Houghton Mifflin. Good fun to read aloud with all the rhyming names repeated again and again as Henny Penny and Cocky Locky and Ducky Lucky run off to spread the news that the sky is falling! Sounds a little like the news on TV, too. Spoiler Alert: In case you forgot—Foxy Loxy is the last of the cast. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Stick
(by Andy Pritchett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

An almost wordless book about a puppy who is looking for a playmate. None of the animals in the pasture want to play "Stick" until another puppy comes along and the others get the idea and make off with the stick. But, never mind, the two puppy dogs have something better--each other. A good choice for encouraging children to tell their own stories in their own words.

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

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2013 Award
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. Sergio Ruzzier, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Duck cannot find his new blue socks. So begins this journey in verse with Duck asking fox and ox and finally the peacocks if they, by chance, have seen his socks. This will be a fun read-aloud and a good one for breaking the code for beginning readers. It's a one-joke book that is pretty predictable, but probably satisfying enough to hear more than once. 4-7

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

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2013 Award
Bobbo Goes to School
(by Shirley Hughes, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Lily is having a bad day. She is not really helping her busy mom. Then to make matters worse she tosses her toy dog, Bobbo in the air and he goes flying off on top of the school bus. Will Lilly find Bobbo? A small adventure with just enough suspense to satisfy young listeners. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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