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2013 Award
Puppies and Kittens 2
(by Marilyn Easton, Scholastic $5.99 Score:)

A seemingly magical book that shows kittens when flipped from the top and puppies if flipped from the bottom. The information is straightforward without overwhelming the reader and the photos show the great variety of adorable creatures we know as puppies and kittens. An appealing choice for sharing with prereaders and for young readers who love pets and/or non-fiction. 2-3rd grade.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Tap the Magic Tree
(by Christie Matheson, Greenwillow $15.99 Score:)

Listeners must do their part as they tap, clap, shake and make the seasons change in this imaginative book about a tree. There are no lift up flaps or pop-up pages. The transformation of a leafless tree happens as young listeners are asked to wiggle their fingers or jiggle a little before the pages are turned. It's a little bit of science mixed with a good helping of imagination that takes you through the year.

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

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Colors
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

All too often, books designed to introduce color concepts, are illustrated with wishy-washy colors or too many colors on a page. As always, Lucy Cousins keeps it clear and simple in this small book that shows a bold color on one page and examples of that color to find on the facing page. Maisy sticks to red, orange, green and blue with the familiar cast of Maisy's friends. A good choice for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Rocks and Minerals
(by Dan Green, Scholastic $15.99 Score:)

Rock hounds are going to dig the photos in this glossy book that gives in-depth info about geology and how rocks are formed and changed. A book to browse through or use for fact-finding homework searches. Access to a free digital companion book about collecting rocks, minerals and gems is an added feature. A book for true and expert readers. 10 & up.

  

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

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2013 Award
Cinderelephant
(Emma Dodd, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Recast with a seriously strange cast, this retelling of Cinderella is visually fun and full of not too subtle word play. Cinderelephant's ugly cousins are two warthogs, known as the Warty Sisters and her fairy godmother is a small mouse who provides a stretch limo and requisite ballroom fashions. It's apparent from the start that Prince Trunky, son of King Saggy and Queen Wrinkly, will find his mate when Cinderelephant appears. There are few surprises here. That said, it is amusing to share and compare with the original. Do a bit of comparative lit and maybe spin another Cindy Tale with a different cast and even a different adventure. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Awards
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
(by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson/ illus. by L, Amazon $16.99 Score:)

No reluctance about going to school in this bouncy picture book. Kitty Cat's day is full of fun and the daily events of early school days. Told in bouncy verse that is reminiscent of that old rhyme, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs..." 2 & up.

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

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2013 Award
I'm a Frog!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie has discovered the thrill of pretending, but his good friend, Gerald simply does not understand. Once again, Mo Willems has managed with few words and lots of action to give young readers a story they can read with pleasure and relative independence. Level 1

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

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2013 Awards
The Tiny Seed Soft Book
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $9.99 Score:)

As fabric books go, this is one of the sweetest. The illustrations look like Eric Carle paintings and each page has something interesting to touch and explore. The sun has ribbon rays and a little worm is hiding under a flip-down mound of green. The silky fabric pages have crinkle sound built-in and the front cover has a chewy corner with textures for teething babies. A good laptime book with sensory learning to share with baby. A nice shower gift or going-for-a-visit goodie to bring along for baby.


SNAP: Fabric books like this one can survive tasting as well as early page turning. They are useful in helping kids learn how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Single objects on the page develop knowing and naming. You can expand on what is on the page by talking about the color, shape and looking for other objects in your home that are the same color. The sensory feedback on each page makes this a book children can enjoy alone as well as with you.

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

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2013 Awards
Kids Preferred, Fun Foods Teether Soft Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $15.44 Score:)

Familiar images of the Very Hungry Caterpillar decorate the pages of this fabric book that features familiar foods on each page to know and name. Designed for sensory learning this sturdy book has a plastic teether on the corner of the cover and one of the pages includes a lift up circle to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. A yellow ring and red star shape (also good for chomping on) dangle from the easy to grasp green spine. A good lap toy to share with baby. Also fun, The Tiny Seed Soft Book, another fabric book by the same company.

SNAP: Durable enough for beginning page turning by independent wanna-be readers. Fabric books like this not only develop language they allow kids to discover the mechanics of how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Use the charming illustrations to talk about the colors and names of the foods pictured.

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

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