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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: School

 


2005 Award
Too Loud Lily
(Sofie Laguna/illus. by Kerry Argent, Scholastic $14.95 Score:) Lily, an exuberant hippo, is just too noisy at home and at school. But then one day a new music teacher arrives and Lily's special talents are appreciated! A merry romp that proves there's a time and place for everything!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2007 Award
First Grade Takes a Test
(by Miriam Cohen/illus. by Ronald Himer, Star Bright Books $15.95 Score:) Anyone who has ever had to give standarized tests to first and second graders will know how smart a book this is! As the first graders confront one list of multiple choice answers after another they cannot help but say that none of the answers are really right. Too bad that we need a book to help kids regain their self esteem, but this will be a good choice before and after the next test comes around. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Knuffle Bunny Too
(by Mo Willems, Scholastic $16.99 Score:) Two girls go to the same school and have the same huggable bunnies. Well, almost the same. It’s not till the middle of the night that each girl realizes that the bunny in her bed is not the right bunny! A quick exchange in the middle of the night solves the mix-up and likely the mystery of how they can tell them apart. Willems superimposes his drawings on top of photos of real settings making this interesting visually with lots of extra details to look at in successive readings. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Splat the Cat
(by Rob Scotton, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Anyone who has ever worried about the first day of school will empathize with Splat the Cat. He looks for every excuse in the book for not going, but his firm yet gentle mother does not give in. The whimsical art adds much to this first day of school that ends up almost purr-fect! 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Stanley and the Class Pet
(by Barney Saltzberg, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

When Stanley is allowed to bring home Figgy, the class pet parrot for the weekend, he makes the mistake of letting Figgy out of the cage. The result is a serious lesson in taking responsibility for one’s mistake and having to take the news to school Salzberg doesn’t sugar coat this with a magical return of Figgy. The class, however offers comfort and support. Well done! 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Happy School Year
(by Susan Milord/ illus. Mary Newell DePalma, Scholastic $15.99 Score:)

Anticipating the first day of school can be unnerving for some. This very simple picture book mirrors tat first day as children all over town awake and get ready and bring their anxious feelings to the school door. There they are greeted by a principal who makes them all feel at home with a sense that all will be well. Would that angst about school opening could be cured so simply. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
The Worst Best Friend
(by Alexis O’Neill/illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Conrad and Mike did everything together until the arrival of Victor—the big new boy who arrives on the scene. There is nothing new about this story, yet it is one that kids will relate to and need to talk about. The busy over jazzy illustrations will likely appeal to the school age boys this is aimed at. This just may be a useful book for kids who often feel they are the only ones dealing with a bully. It has a reassuring happy ending. If only like were that simple. 5-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
School Picture Day
(by Lynn Plourde/illus. by Thor Wickstrom, Dutton $16.99 Score:) Josephina Caroleena Wattasheena the First, is mechanically inclined and wants to know how things work. This is a spoof of an annual event that is guaranteed to take the angst out! 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Countdown to Kindergarten
(by Alison McGhee/illus. by Harry Bliss, Harcourt $16 Score:) In a matter of days the heroine will start to school. She knows how to do a lot of things, but not how to tie her shoelaces! Thanks to comic exaggeration kids get the message that whatever their shortcomings, they're not alone. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
The Ticky-Tacky Doll
(by Cynthia Rylant/illus. by Harvey Stevenson, Harcourt $16 Score:) When she begins school the little girl in this story has to leave her homemade ticky-tacky doll behind. She misses her doll so much that she is unhappy in school. It's Grandma who finds a small but perfect solution. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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