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Age: Toddlers

 


2012 Award
Little Bear's Little Boat
(by Eve Bunting/ illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Houghton Mifflin $7.99 Score:)

Little Bear loves his boat until he discovers that he has grown way too big for it. Though it is hard to give the boat he has outgrown, he finds a way of passing on his treasure and discovering the pleasures of growing up. A charming story with lovely art on study board pages. 2-4

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Over the River and Through the Wood
(by L. Maria Child/ illus. by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Though most of us know a verse or two of this old song, this oversized picture book includes many more stanzas than you probably ever heard. Best of all, the glorious illustrations follow a 19th Century family in their horse and sled on the way to Grandfather's house. The sights and scenes capture a sense of another time and place that takes the song back to its roots and gives young children a bit of visual history.

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

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2011 Award
Simms Taback's Farm Animals
(Simms Taback, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

There are amazing fold out pages in this riddle book for toddlers. Read the clues and gradually you unfold the page to reveal a very large picture of a very colorful farm animal.  This is a keeper that toddlers are going to love! We missed an earlier giant fold out from the same artist, Safari Animals.

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

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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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