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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


2011 Award
Even as Octopus Needs a Home
(by Irene Kelly, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A fascinating collection of animal homes are shown in this young science book. From treetop chimps to spiders in underwater bubbles, Irene Kelly shows the great variety of places animals live in. The art is playful but realistic enough to inform and the text is lively while conveying a sense of how and why the animals live where they do.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Who Has What? All About Girls Bodies and Boys Bodies
(by Robie H. Harris/ illus. by Nadine Bernard Westc, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Clear, straightforward information with simple pictures make this an excellent way to answer questions of preschoolers about their bodies. The lively child centered illustrations are full of action and not at all textbookish. The language neither speaks down nor over the heads of young children. Without overloading the text with more than they want to know, this book gives you a chance to convey information that kids are curious to know. Some children are reluctant to ask and some parents are reluctant to tell. Robie Harris' Who Has What? Can solve both sides of the conundrum without discomfort.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Pumpkin Cat
(by Anne Mortimer, HarperCollins $14.99 Score:)

In this young science book a small mouse and a big beautiful cat plant pumpkin seeds in a pot and step by step show the young reader how to grow seeds. Of course, it may be a stretch to call a cat and mouse friendship a science book, yet this furry partnership does tell the very simple but clear story of how to plant a pumpkin. There is no drama, yet the expressions on Cat's face and the friendship between the two has a quiet charm. Anne Mortimer's quizzical looking cat is so lovable you want to reach in and pat his head. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Suryia & Roscoe, A True Story of an Unlikely Friendship
(by Bhagavan Doc Antle with Thea Feldman/ illus. , Henry Holt $16.99 Score:)

At an animal preserve in South Carolina, a stray dog wanders into the world of far more exotic animals. Most of them are endangered species. Few would expect that an orangutan and a stray dog would become such good friends, but that is what happens. Told with a series of full color photographs, this is a short but sweet true story. Along the way it introduces young readers to the importance of wildlife conservation and protecting endangered species. Though it is not written in the format of an easy to read book, it would be a good choice for level 3 readers or as a read aloud for younger listeners.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Wow! Ocean!
(by Robert Neubecker, Hyperion $17.99 Score:)

Newest in his "Wow!" series, Robert Neubecker's dynamic illustrations give kids a whirlwind look at life in the ocean. His colorful images swim across the pages. Some pages open wide for long double spreads of sea creatures in the tide pool, on the coral reef, in the deep and beyond. There are labels on some pages, but no story as such. The vibrant images on the page will provide much to talk about and ponder. This is a science book, an art book, a fun to look at together-and-alone kind of book. Most of all it says look at all the wondrous life that is under the water just beyond the sand shore! Wow! Indeed!

Play It!

Magic Art
You'll need: a wax candle or a white waxy crayon, white or manilla construction paper, blue and greenish water color paint and brush.
Step 1. Draw lots of fish—big and small on the white paper. They will hardly be visible.
Step 2. Make a light wash of blue and or greenish blue watercolor paint.
Step 3. Use a big brush to paint over the waxy drawing and abracadabra the drawings will appear.

Wow! Shells !
On your next trip to the beach take a photo of your child gathering up plenty of small shells to bring home for crafts. Wash the shells in sudsy water and let them dry on the sun. Kids can paint them or leave them as they are in a natural state. Bring home and inexpensive plastic picture frame and white glue. Together paste the shells around the border of the frame. When they dry in place put the photo in the frame and you have a double Wow! A happy memory!

       A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual. 

Click to buy Read It! Play It!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
How the Weather Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate
(by Christiane Dorion/illus. by Beverley Young, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

School aged kids often go through a weather phase!  Here's a perfect opportunity to get them engaged in reading about different aspects of weather.  How the Weather Works is chock full of pop-ups and information about all types of weather events including hurricanes and tornadoes as well as discusses the possible causes of climate change. It's the type of book that kids love to pour over! 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Time Zones
(by David A. Adler, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Did you ever try to explain time zones or the reasons for them to your children?  In an age when long distance travel and news events are so much a part of our lives, an understanding of time zones becomes basic to our understanding. This is simply told and easy to grasp. What is amazing to this reader is that it took until 1883 for the United States to adopt time zones. In other words, until then, every town had it's own high noon time and the clocks were set to that moment. For kids who have family that lives far away or parents whose work takes them globe trotting, this is a book that will be of interest.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Tropical Rainforests
(by Seymour Simon, Smithsonian/Harper $16.99 Score:)

Full color photographs add much to the beauty of this large handsome book that introduces young people to the rainforest. Though the text is not for beginners, care has been taken in choosing good size type, leaving enough white on the page and clear prose that will not overwhelm the reader. Simon leads the reader from the emergent layer, to the canopy, the understory and all the way down to the forest floor. A visual adventure. Also, in the same series, a handsome book called, Global Warming. They say 5 & up. We'd say more like 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
3-D Thrillers! T. Rex and Other Dangerous Dinosaurs
(by Heather Amery & Paul Harrison, Scholastic $4.99 Score:)

Want to excite your dinosaur loving child with reading? Add this paperback book that includes a pair of 3-D glasses in it and the magic will begin. The glasses and book are perfect choice for reluctant readers, too. The book is chock full of factoids about dinosaurs that seem to rise off the page. Also in the same series, see 3-D Thrillers! Sharks and the World's Scariest Sea Monsters. 6-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Helpers
(Innovative Kids $6.99 Score:)

Eco messages are often filled with guilt instead of positive actions that kids can realistically be a part of in the quest to make our world greener. That's what we like about this little book that delivers on simple actions that can make the world a better place.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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