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2013 Award
A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide
(by Emily Laber-Warren, Downtown Bookworks $9.99 Score:)

One of an excellent series of child-friendly field guides. Take this along to help identify treasures found in the woods. Clear photos are there to make it easier to name and know the trees, birds, plants and other sightings along the way. Science writer, Emily Laber-Warren, keeps the information pithy but interesting to budding naturalists. The book is available alone or in a compartmentalized box that provides a mesh bag and magnified bug container. Kids can use the sturdy box for displaying items found on your walks in the woods. Also in the series, A Walk on the Beach. 5 & up

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

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2013 Award
A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide
(by Laurie Goldman, Downtown Bookworks $9.99 Score:)

Tuck this into your beach bag for your next day at the shore. A reader friendly guide to the names of birds, shells, and other sights of the seashore. Illustrated with photos, clear labels and clear factoids about thee many things want to know about at the seashore. Also available in the series, A Walk in the Woods. 5 & up

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

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2013 Award
Little Ghost Party
(by Jacques Duquennoy, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

Want a treat that is not to eat for your favorite trick or treater? Look for this novelty book that involves more tilting than reading. On each of the pages there are several dance poses that readers are invited to replicate by tipping the book and jiggling the little chains to make their ghosts look like the ones pictured. There isn't a lot of reading here, but kids are going to have to notice the directionality and build their own patience as they try to copy the dance poses. Put it on the coffee table as a calorie-free Halloween tradition.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Mama, Baby, & Other First Words
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of Mamas, Papas, and others as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them.  Also in the series a collection called Animals in Art.

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

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2013 Award
Animals in Art
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of animals as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by Degas, Rousseau, Manet and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them. Also in the series a collection called Mama, Baby & Other First Words.

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

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2013 Award
Shark-Tastic
(by Lori Stein, Downtown Bookworks $11.99 Score:)

Part of a new series known as 'science with stuff', in this case, a few real honest-to-goodness (and capable of badness) shark teeth! A visually dynamic book with real life photos of all kinds of sharks. This is a book kids can dip into and read in short takes. There are sections about the sharks anatomy, their sizes, their teeth, and more than you ever imagined about these giants of the sea. 8 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Journey
(by Aaron Becker, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Remember little Harold with his Purple Crayon? Flash forward to a somewhat older girl with a magical red crayon in her lonely room. When her parents are too busy to give her the time of day, she draws her way out of her confining home and into a world where quick thinking and her magic crayon transport her on a wondrous journey that goes far beyond the imaginary world of Harold's. A wordless page-turning adventure that children can tell in their own words or silently to themselves. A keeper!

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

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2013 Award
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?
(by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Everyone gets angry and the dinosaurs in Yolen's well-loved series are no exception. With humor and a lot of acting out, kids can get some vicarious pleasure in watching these silly dinosaurs let off steam and also seeing where that leads. 4 & up

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

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2013 Award
Digger Dozer Dumper
(Hope Vestergaard/ illus. David Slonim, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)


An entertaining collection of rhymes introduce truck lovers to more than a dozen vehicles and the work they do. Told in light verse with lively illustrations, there is plenty of action as a garbage truck, dump truck, backhoe and others push, bang, and shake. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Winter is for Snow
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $16.95 Score:)

Two points of view on the subject of winter and snow bounce back and forth. One child loves everything about the cold snowy days, while the other is more a stay-at-home hates the cold type. The latter sounds a bit more adult-like, but it is hard to know when such attitudes begin. In any case, the art sets the mood and the snow and winter just build into an irresistible marshmallow delicious world that includes holidays for everyone. Even the most anti-winter ones among us will not be able to resist. 3-5

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

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