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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
You're Wearing That to School?
(by Lynn Plourde/ illus. Sue Cornelison, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

A light but meaningful book about a young hippo who is about to start school. Her best friend, Tiny, a mouse is very conservative and keeps telling plump Penelope that what she wants to wear, eat for lunch and carry for show and tell is all wrong. After hearing him out Pen turns out the next day in her original choices and discovers that being herself is the best thing she can be. On one level it's a terrific tale--on another, as a parent you may have some qualms about going along with some of the off the wall choices kids can and do make. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Pip and Posy, The Big Balloon
(By Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Young preschoolers will relate to this little story about Pip who is so happy to have a big red balloon. But then, the inevitable happens and it is Posy who comes up with a clever way to cheer-up Pip. Spoiler alert: Posy and Pip have good fun with bubbles that are supposed to pop. 2 ½ & up

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

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2013 Award
My Dad Thinks He's Funny
(by Katrina Germein/illus. Tom Jellett, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Great literature it's not, but it is an entertaining book of one liners by a dad ( like mine) who always made corny jokes. For example, "Whenever I say, "I’m hungry," Dad says, "Hello, Hungry. Pleased to meet you."  As the young narrator tells us again and again...his dad thinks he's funny and in the end,we think kids will agree with that dad. Good for some silly giggling together. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of preschoolers. 5 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Tiptoe Joe
(by Ginger Foglesong Gibson/ illus. Laura Rankin, Greeenwillow $17.99 Score:)

Tiptoe Joe has a surprise. With his happy smile, a charming love of a bear in red tie-up sneakers, shares his excitement as he invites all the animals of the forest to come see his secret! It's a short, sweet, and lively read-aloud with a repetitive refrain paired with the sounds animals make when they follow Joe. Suspense builds as the crowd grows and they reach Tiptoe's home where his wife holds their little secrets in her arms. 2 ½ & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Puffin Peter
(by Petr Horáček, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

A young science book starring two puffins that get separated in a storm. A friendly whale tries to help Peter find Paul based on Peter’s short descriptions of his friend. When he says his friend is black and white the whale takes him to the penquins. When he says Paul is noisy he takes him to a flock of parrots. In searching for Paul we get to see a nice variety of birds until at last Paul and Peter have their happy reunion. A small story with lovely illustrations for young listeners. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Nelson Mandela
(by Kadir Nelson, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Designed for early grades, this beautifully illustrated biography of Nelson Mandela touches on the major events in his life from being sent away from home at an early age to his election as President of South Africa. It is not so much a warm fuzzy storybook as an overview that will explain with beautiful art why he remains an historic iconic figure who will not soon be forgotten. They say 4-8. We think this is more like a book for 7 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Slugger
(by Susan Pearson/ illus. by David Slonim, Amazon $15.99 Score:)

Hard to imagine how a garden slug would aspire to play baseball and, of course, to be a star slugger. Just the idea of all this is silly, but it holds together as an entertaining yarn that kids who aspire to play baseball will relate to. In this season of baseball books, here's one for the youngest player.  5 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Becoming Babe Ruth
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Although he is long gone, Babe Ruth's name lives on as a legend to all who know anything about baseball greats. Unlike so may baseball books that center on a singular event, in this child-sized biography the author manages to tell about Babe's early years when he got into so much trouble as a truant that his own father helped send him away to a reform school. Inside the walls of Saint Mary's George Ruth found a mentor and found himself. The story has a nice roundness as the Babe never forgets Brother Matthias, who teaches him the game and the school that nurtured him. As always, Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the time and place and even the Babe's memorable face. A keeper! 7 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
(by Lori Mortensen/ illus. Michael Allen Austin, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

The chase is on, Cowpoke Clyde has a dirty dawg who needs a bath. In this merry romp dawg keeps getting the best of Clyde and the other animals on the ranch. A fun yarn told in verse that makes for an amusing read-a-loud. 4-8

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

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2013 Award
An Awesome Book of Love
(Dallas Clayton, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:)

Too bad we missed this one before Valentine's Day. But, it is never the wrong time to say how much you love someone. Written in verse, this is a delightful collection of reasons for loving the ones you love. Read it to your child, your spouse, your parent, your best friend—whoever and whenever. It's funny, touching, and even thought provoking. All ages.

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