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Award: Gold
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
I Have Two Homes
(by Marian DeSmet/ illus. Hynke Talsma, Clavis $15.95 Score:)

Nina's story of life in a family of divorce is, as the jacket suggests, an "uncomplicated" account of what it is like to have two homes. It is a sad tale and reads more like bibliotherapy. Yet, we think it worth noting, since it can be a conversation opener for families dealing with similar situations. Sometimes a book can open the floodgates or at least help children know that they are not unique and that others have lived through such events.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
I, Too, Am America
(by Langston Hughes/ Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score:)

Langston Hughes powerful poem speaks to both the despair and hopes of African Americans and the pain of being treated as less than others. Written in 1925, the poem still resonates as Bryan Collier’s illustrations travel through history from the train porters of yesterday to today’s youth, who are still looking for their place in America. While it is true the book reflects how far we have come, it also reminds us of how much further we need to go. Three-time Caldecott winner, Collier's illustrations capture a range of emotions that speak as powerfully as the words. A meaningful blend of art and poetry! 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Just Ducks
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Salvatore Rubbino, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

As a kid, going to the park to feed the ducks was a weekly treat. All the stale bread of the week was saved in a special bag that we took to the Bronx Zoo on Sunday morning. This little book might have added much to those trips. Most kids don't have the language that describes all the doings of the ducks. Here, in the middle of the city, on a duck pond, we get up close for a good look at how the ducks eat, preen, dabble, and attract mates. The narrative is augmented with clear factoids that better define the typical actions of Mallards. A nice young science book that will extend what kids can see if feeding the ducks is on your agenda. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
John Jensen Feels Different
(by Henrik Hovland/ illus. Torill Kove, Eermans $17 Score:)

John Jensen not only feels different, he looks a lot different from the folks on the train, office, on the street or in the emergency room. It's the big doctor with enormous ears that helps John understand that we do not all look the same. After all, Doc is an elephant and John is a crocodile. This droll tale will tickle kids and leave them with some ideas to think about, too.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Dolphin Baby!
(by Nicola Davies/ illus. Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Through painterly illustrations and clearly written prose, young readers follow a dolphin baby and its mother from the first breath through the major events of the first six months of life. The simple telling is done in print and extra information is printed in cursive style. Use it as a read aloud or share the reading with young readers who are learning to decode the two very different styles of the written word.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Titanic, Voices from the Disaster
(by Deborah Hopkinson, Scholastic $17.99/8.99 Score:)

With all the attention to the 100th anniversary of the event and the rerelease of the film, all things Titanic are in the media again. For tweens and teens this well researched book takes readers behind the scenes and into the lives of those who were there. It includes terrific photos from the archives and tells a story that gets well beyond the images kids will see on the 3-D screen. 10 & up

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2012 Award
Eggs 1-2-3, Who Will the Babies Be?
(by Janet Halfmann/ illus. Besty Thompson, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs. We see the eggs in nests, meadow grass, on green leaves, and in the seas and sand. Each new set of eggs is introduced in its habitat and then hatched on the fold out page. Muted colors go well with the quiet text. A good book for talking about the many kinds of eggs in our world.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Silly Doggy!
(Adam Stower, Orchard $16.99 Score:)

Preschoolers will love the upside down humor of this tongue-in-cheek storybook. In her backyard, Lily sees something she has always wanted—a doggy. Of course it is rather big and obviously, to all but Lily, it is a huge bear! There is nothing scary about this silly little story that ends when Silly Lily posts a sign about her lost doggy, hoping no one will come. This might be best to borrow from the library. It's a fun book but a one joke story that may not be one of those read it again treasures.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Active play is what this delightful new Maisy book is all about. Pull the tabs and Maisy starts the day stretching and touching her toes. From there she goes on to do some jumping, kicking a ball, sipping her orange juice for energy, jumping rope, tumbling and finally sleeping soundly. Each of these events is animated with amazing paper engineering. One of the best ever! 2 & up. But be forewarned, you will need to teach about gentle hands so that the pages are not torn.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
An Awesome Book
(Dallas Clayton, Harper $16.99 Score:)

This is indeed a little book about dreaming big. Truth be told, it may be more of a book for grownups who have let go of their imagination and dreams. That said, this should be a wake up call for potential dreamers of all ages.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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