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Award: Gold
Review Year: 2013

 

 
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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Crankee Doodle
(by Tom Angleberger/ illus. by Cece Bell, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

A laugh-out-loud parody of a classic song. In an imagined conversation Yankee Doodle's Pony is trying to get him to go to town to buy a hat. But Crankee Doodle is not in the mood. A fun read-aloud or an even funnier shared read-aloud. Go on and ham it up! Of course, if they don't know the song, Yankee Doodle, the whole joke will be lost. 6 & up.

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

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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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A Big Guy Took My Ball!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie found a polka dotted ball, but then a BIG guy took it. Gerald does his best to get it back until he sees just how BIG the guy is. As always, Mo Willems manages to create a small drama that is told in few words for the beginning reader. This one really has a simple enough text for early readers to find their way through. It also says something worth saying about big guys not always being as powerful and happy as little guys think they are. 6-8

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

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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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Baby Wants Mama
(by Nancy Loewen/ illus. Deborah Melmon, Amazon $14.99 Score:)

It's all in the family-toddler time. It's a busy day with everyone in the family wanting one thing or another. Baby wants Mama, Cat wants fish, Daddy wants supper, Pup wants dish. Lively illustrations are matched with easy rhymes. A just right read-aloud for toddlers. 18 months & up

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

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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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Tug-of-War
(by John Burmingham, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

What with all the bullying going on these days, here's a meaningful old story retold and illustrated by a master to share with a new generation. It all begins when elephant and hippo torment hare by calling him names. In the darkness of night, hare claims he can win a tug-of-war with each of the two big bullies. The rest is all good fun and speaks to the bigger idea of brains over brawn.

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

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2013 Awards
Look What I Can Do!
(by Nancy Viau/ illus. Anna Vojtech, Abrams $16.95 Score:)

Have you ever thought about what it must be like to learn to catch a fish for a bear cub or catch a fly if you were a little frog? In this rather unscientific book, each of the young creatures has a task it aspires to and accomplishes. Like the child at the end of the book who wants to hop, skip and hit a ball, learning is not always easy. A reassuring picture book that may help young doubters who are often impatient to grow up.

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

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Monkey and Elephant Get Better
(by Carole Lexa Schaefer/ illus. Galia Bernstein, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Monkey and Elephant are friends, but Monkey thinks Elephant is copying her and she doesn't like it. When Elephant comes down with a cold, Monkey takes good care of him and when he gets better--can you guess what will happen next? Nicely told and illustrated with lively art. Perfect for 2nd level beginning readers.

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

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