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2014 Award
Body Bones
(by Shelley Rotner and David A. White, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Using photos of people and animals, overlaid with images of bones, Body Bones manages to give young readers a lot of clear and interesting information about what holds them up. Without overwhelming them with more than they want to know, the book covers basic facts about the bones of humans from infancy to teens and then moves on to explain the differences in the skeletal structure of other living creatures from mammals to amphibians, to birds and even insects. 5-9

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

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2014 Awards
My Bibi Always Remembers
(by Toni Buzzeo/ illus Mike Wohnoutka , Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Lovely oversized illustrations capture the life of an elephant herd in Africa's parched savannah and the role Bibi the Grandmother and other female elephants play in protecting their young. Playful little Tembo likes playing tag, chewing the juicy leaves of trees, chasing a stork and other diversions. Whenever Tembo gets separated she squeals and her mama or aunties hear her as well as the rumble of grandmother Bibi, the matriarch who always remembers the way to water and safety. 4-8

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

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2014 Award
Go to Sleep, Little Farm
(by Mary Lyn Ray/illus Christopher Silas Neal, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

A good night book at a level on beyond Good Night Moon. Told in verse and quiet shadowy illustrations, this evocation of night and sleep goes from earthbound mice under roots to pockets in a skirt going to sleep. It's one of those picture books that may appeal more to adults than children. 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Max and the Won't Go To Bed Show
(By Mark Sperring/ illus Sarah Warburton, $16.99 Score:)

A spirited good night book with young Max the Magnificent delaying the inevitable with all kinds of familiar tricks that may be more amusing in print than in person. Still, itís all good natured humor and a silly way to say sleep tight! 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Is There a Dog in This Book?
(by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Viviane Schwarz takes the lift the flap book to a new and more sophisticated level. Unlike the usual toddler flap books this one has an amusing story line. Put simply, it's about three cats who think there is a dog in their house and they are afraid of dogs--but as the story moves along one of the cats thinks a dog might be nice to pet. In just a few amusing pages the tone of the story changes as the cats and dog begin to trust each other. It's hard to say how many times this lift the flap book will entertain, but let's just say, it is a lively and fun read the first time through. 3-7


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

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2014 Award
Double Draw All Around the World
(Mudpuppy Press $9.99 Score:)

We don't usually do coloring books, but this is a lot more and more like a drawing book that may satisfy older kids who want their realistic drawings to look more realistic. Double Draw gives young artists half a picture of some recognizable places such as the Eiffel Tower, The Sphinx, and Lady Liberty. There are spiral bindings on both sides of the book. Kids can draw the right hand side or the left hand side of these symmetrical sites and then they can draw their own version on the blanks provided. Marked for 4 & up, this is not a preschool kind of toy. They will not get hurt by any small parts, but they will be frustrated. On the other hand, school age kids will welcome the guidance that half an image offers. A fun approach to guiding drawing that leaves plenty of room for creativity.

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

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2014 Awards
I (Heart) Art
(illus. Abigail Halpin, Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Here's a more open-ended book than it appears to be at first glance. Each double page spread introduces a simple bit of information about a well-known work of art. The facing page invites young artists to not merely copy what is on the page, but to design something that relates to that work of art. Done in conjunction with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A nice take-home to extend a museum visit or for the young artist who needs a little direction without totally dictating what to do. 8-12 and up, up, up.

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

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2014 Awards
Pretty in Paper
(American GIrl $24.99 Score:)

Girls who like crafts will dive right into this 64-page book with how-to recipes for trying our dozens of new craft ideas for decorating their rooms, gift packages, hair, and scrapbooks--to mention just a few. The book comes with a bundle of quilling strips and a quilling tool, large paper sheets with patterns and, a pad of scrapbook paper. The directions are clear and beautifully illustrated in full color. Reading, following details, trying new skills make this a book that develops know how with creativity. 8 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Hide and Seek Harry Around the House
(by Kenny Harrison, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

Toddlers are going to feel so wise when they find Harry the hippo who tries to hide on every page of this charming board book. Of course they are smarter than silly Harry who is much too big to hide in the house. That is the joke and kids like such obvious humor. Also fun, Hide and Seek Harry At the Beach.

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

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2014 Awards
My New Friend is So Fun!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Did you ever feel like your best friend was finding a new best friend? What child has not experienced the angst of such a drama. With humor and grace, Mo Willems drums up a drama over just such an ordeal shared by Gerald and Snake, when their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat have a play date. Though life is not always so picture book perfect, this little story about jealousy and friendship speaks to some big ideas kids will relate to. 5 & up.

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

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