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Age: Toddlers

 


2011 Award
The Wheels on the Bus
(by Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

This is not your nursery school teacher's wheels on the bus. Not at all! Jane Cabrera has moved the bus to Africa and put wonderfully colorful wild creatures on board the bus who travel "All Day Long." She starts with lion with a bold yellow and orange mane who roars, roars, roars, all day long. Next come the bold pink flamingos who flap, flap, flap. Then there's a hungry Zebra who just comps, chomps, chomps. You get the idea. As always, Cabrera takes a familiar song and gives it a new look and a new life! So appealing. A new book with a new version of an old song--a book to sing!

The Wheels on the Bus          

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
A Visit to the Doctor
(by Nora Gaydos/ illus. by Akemi Gutierrez, Innovative Kids $6.99 Score:)

One of a series of Now I'm Growing books that deal with milestone events in a child's life. A useful and reassuring little book that previews a visit to the doctor. Step by step it covers all the typical moments of the visit including a shot, given by the nurse. The doctor has a pleasant manner--he's not goofy, but he jokes with the small brave boy.  It is worth mentioning that the illustrations have a diverse cast of characters, including a non-Caucasian doctor who is also mostly bald.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Baby Hears!
(Karen Katz, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

What will baby hear? Lift the flaps on the peek a boo pages and baby will see and hear the sounds of a toy train, peeping chicks, a honking car, frogs that ribbet, and a baby who giggles. As always, Karen Katz's lively colorful art feels exactly on target for laptime readers. Indeed, her books are among the best choices for turning your baby into a book lover.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Farmyard Beat
(by Lindsey Craig/ illus. Marc Brown, Knopf $15.99 Score:)

Go ahead and ham it up! This is great fun to read aloud! Before long you will have helpers repeating the refrains and trying to guess what animal will wake up next. Pause and repeat the rhyming word that will give them a clue. There's not a lot of story here, but the repetition, rhythm and playful illustrations will make this a read it again choice for twos and threes.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
A Kiss For You
(by Joan Holub/ illus. Caroline J. Church, Scholastic $8.99 Score:)

Cleverly designed, this sturdy cardboard book has a hand that folds out and can be used to play along with the actions pictured on the illustrations. Your toddler can wave, pat a puppy, give a high-five, hold a teddy bear, blow a kiss, play peek-a-boo, and wave bye-bye. Now this is a truly interactive book without any sound effects or batteries needed. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Green Start Little Vehicle Books
(Innovative Kids $14.99 Score:)

A stack of ten little chunk books that will thrill kids who are fascinated by all manner of vehicles. The set includes a separate small bok dedicated to the following vehicles: airplanes, boats, cars, constrution, emergency in the sky. On the job vehicles, recreational vehicles, train, and around town. Each little book has only pictures and labels. There are no stories here, but for toddlers and preschoolers who love vehicles—this will transport them!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Green Start Little Nursery Rhymes Tower: Ten Chunky Books
(Innovative Kids $14.99 Score:)

A stack of ten little chunky books, each with a familiar nursery rhyme. The set includes Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, Humpty Dumpty, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack be Nimble, Little Bo Peep. Little Miss Muffet, This Little Piggy, Twinkle Twinkle, and Rain, Rain Go Away. The set is produced on recycled materials and is printed in more muted tones than similar collections. 2 & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
My Daddy
(by Guido Van Genechten, Clavis $12.95 Score:)

Colorful images of father and son capture the fun the pair share. There is no real story, but rather a catalog of the active things they like to do together. Printed on sturdy cardboard stock, this is a book for toddlers. Good for talking about what is happening in the pictures and for making connections between their own Daddy and the games played in the pictures.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Young children are more fascinated by weather changes than we sometimes realize. In this lift-the-lap and pull-the tab-adventure, Maisy shares that wonder and delight. After you share this, you might like to start keeping a weather calendar and have your preschooler draw a sun or rain or snowman on date. At the end of the week--count how many sunny days you had. This kind of beginning record keeping is a fun way to keep the curiosity alive with observing and recording what they see in their own world. For early school aged kids, look at the review for How the Weather Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate.

 

Play It!
Kids are fascinated with weather and soon notice the connections between weather and what they can do. You can enlarge on that interest by putting up a calendar with spaces they can draw on. Have them color in a sun or rain or snowman each day. At the end of the week count up how many sunny days you had. Were there more sunny days than rainy ones? This kind of simple record keeping involves drawing, counting, and comparing. You are also introducing them to the names of the days of the week and the numerals on the grid. It is also a fun way to keep curiosity alive by observing and recording what they see in their own world.

Song to Sing
Rain, Rain go away
Come again another day
_____name____want s to go out and play
So rain , rain go away!

To the tune of the Bear Went Over the Mountain.
There are seven days in week
Seven days in the week
Seven days in the we-e-e-ek...
And now I'll name them for you...
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

             A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual.

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Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
I Spy with My Little Eye
(by Edward Gibbs, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Don't be fooled by the title. This is quite different from the many wonderful I Spy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wicks, that we recommend for older kids. It's wonderful in its own way.

I Spy With My Little Eye is designed for much younger kids who are somewhat beyond beginner games of peek-e-boo. It's also a science book that gives very young kids a nugget of information about the animal that will be revealed as you go from the cut-away detail to the image of the whole creature. In some ways this is a bit more like Eric Carle's Polar Bear and Brown Bear "knowing and naming" books. That said, the illustrations are fresh and full of vitality and the playful format will no doubt appeal to older toddlers and preschoolers. Printed on sturdy stock it is well designed to withstand the page turning of inexperienced little hands.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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