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Little Lola
(By Julie Saab and David Gothard, Greenwillow $16.99 Score:)

Little Lola is a lively fun loving cat who not only has a to do list—she loves all her to-doing, including going to school. Unlike so many starting to school books that are full of angst and fear of separation, Lola pounces right into the excitement and loves every moment of it. Even when her enthusiasm goes too far. 4-7

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
(By Chris VanAllsburg, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Sweetie Pie has seen all the other hampsters leave the pet store, while being left behind for wiggling and scratching. When at last he is taken he is thrilled but soon replaced in the affections of a girl who falls in love with her computer. So, begins Sweetie Pie's journey of new owners but always on a temporary basis. As he goes from pillar to post Sweetie Pie ends up in a classroom where once again he is abandoned – but this turns out to be the magic key that leads him to his dream of freedom.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Corolle Grenadine Mini Miss & Teether
(Corolle $21 Score:)

An adorable soft doll that is only 6.7 inches tall. She has a soft body and vinyl face, scented with vanilla. She comes with a teether that will be a comfort before long. A charming first doll that's easy to take along.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Corolle Elf Blue Stars
(Corolle $25 Score:)

A bue version of last year's Pink Elf doll. A first delicious huggable that has a soft easy to grasp body. The painted eyes also makes this a safe choice for older babies and toddlers. The ever soft velour body and pink elf hat are pleasing to touch. The doll makes a jingle sound that's also just right for this age group and has the signature Vanilla scent of this doll line. Very sweet! Also top-rated, Corolle Babe Elf Grenadine Heart Doll.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
(by Kathryn Gibbs Davis/ illus G. Ford, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Before the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the world was still in awe of the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the previous World’s Fair in 1889 in Paris. A young engineer had an idea that most thought was forgettable. But George Ferris believed in his idea and in spite of all the doubters and roadblocks he encountered, he managed to build a contraption that is still spinning today in cities all over the world. For young history buffs, Mr. Ferris and his Wheel is a memorable story-especially in this season when kids are likely to take a spin on ferris wheels at state fairs and elsewhere. Handsome illustrations capture time and place with watercolors and playful cartoon bubbles that carry the story along. They say 4-8, we’d say a better choice for 6-9.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Pete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm
(by James Dean, HarperCollins $9.99 Score:)

Fans of Pete the Cat will love singing along with Pete as they learn the names of the animals and the sounds they say. A fun book to ham it up and sing along for 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Build,Dogs, Build
(by James Horvath, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:)


For city kids watching a building going up is often a favorite thing to do. Of course, as the work progresses the equipment changes and so does the view. For those who like to stay a little longer and watch, this little book, told in thyme, allows them to see more of the details as work progresses. Cast with cartoonish pooches as builders, this gives kids a close up look at a building going up. 4 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Tissue Paper Crafts
(by April Chorba , Klutz $19.99 Score:)

An inviting paperback how-to book that comes with 100 sheets of colorful tissue paper, stencils, string, wire, beads, and glue for making an amazing variety of tissue paper flowers and garlands. This is not a book for beginners. It calls for following directions, patience and dexterity. That said, it may be a welcome introduction to a craft that older kids will enjoy along with adults. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Jennie Maizels Pop-up New York
(Jennie Maizels/paper engineering Richard Ferguson , Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Take a tour of the Big Apple with this incredible pop-up book that visits all the usual highlights of a New York City visitor's itinerary. Visit the Times square, The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, new World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and so many other sites. Done by geographic areas, the book offers interesting facts along with the excitement of famous landmarks popping off the page. A wonderful gift for those who have visited or plan to visit and even those who call NYC their home sweet home! 5-9

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Giant Vehicles
(by Rod Green/ illus by Stephen Biesty, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Look inside some of the gigantic vehicles of the world, from double decker Airbus to the biggest dump truck, helicopter and submarine ever built. This is no picture book for beginners. Much of the detailed text is done as labels in bite sized pieces of information. So kids can choose to read them all or skim and return to read another time. They can lift the flaps to get a close up views of what is under the "hood" so to speak. This is marked 5-9, but could be enjoyed by older kids who are interested in mechanical details that go well beyond 5 year olds.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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