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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


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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2010 Award
X-treme X-ray
(by Nick Veasey, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

An interesting book of X-ray photos that show the inside of our bodies as well as bugs, bats, fish, and many living creatures. But, perhaps the most interesting parts of the book show the inside of a computer, an MP3 player, cell phone, game machine, and jet airliner. The text is light reading and many of the factoids are told in the form of questions--find the answers is sometimes a little annoying. That said, this is a fun paperback to dip into.

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
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat
(by Carlyn Beccia, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Kids of a certain age love being grossed out and this is one of the best of that genre because it isn't merely yucky, it is full of fascinating information about old and gross sounding cures that have been used through the ages. It is set up in a true false format asking readers to speculate on the effectiveness of rubbing moldy bread on your leg, putting mustard on your head or tying earthworms around your neck. The art is as gross out as the ideas of using mummy powder or a dead man’s skull or maggots to cure what ails you. A thought provoking book that combines science and history in a picturebook for older readers. 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
About Raptors
(by Cathryn Sill/ illus. by John Sill, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

A young science book that explains clearly that raptors are birds of prey and what characteristics they share. The stunning paintings add artistic quality to a book for young readers. The text is not complicated and it is followed with a glossary with more information about each of the birds. 6 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Bones, Skeletons and How They Work
(by Steve Jenkins, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A fascinating book that compares the bones of humans with those in the animal kingdom. It also looks at the role bones play in protecting us, keeping us upright and even repairing themselves. Illustrated with cut paper collages, this is a Science book that will excite and inform young readers. A glossary adds detailed information to the body of the book, for those who want more. This is young science as it should be--lively and lucid.

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

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