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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
So You Want to be an Explorer
(by Judith St. George/illus. by David Small, Philomel $16.99 Score:) A bit less focused than this team’s So You Want to be President?, this is an interesting concept book that introduces young readers to certain commonalities that explorers through the ages share, such as being curious, adventurous, and determined. They are also risk-takers who respect native people they meet along their way. This will not replace the encyclopedia for school assignments, but rather will address the spirit of exploring in ways that the facts in encyclopedias sometimes forget. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
(by April Jones Prince/illus. by Francois Roca, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) We had a similar story based on true events last year. In that version the child storyteller is at the center of the story and longs to go on the newly built Brooklyn Bridge. In this one, it’s P.T. Barnum who comes up with the solution. Either way, it’s a great story and speaks to the fears people have of most new things. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
(by Kathleen V. Kudlinski/illus. by S.D. Schindler, Dutton $15.99 Score:) A refreshing look at dinosaurs, contrasting what we used to think we knew, with what we think we know now. As interesting as the information is in this book, it’s the bigger idea that wins the day by helping young people see that our body of knowledge is not fixed and closed, but rather is ever-growing and often changing. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
I Love Tennis
(by Naia Bray-Moffatt, DK $12.95 Score:) Kids who

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Art in a Box
(by Sarah Richardson, Abrams Books $19.95 Score:) You don’t need to get to the Tate in London to enjoy these activity cards. Each has a work of art on one side, and suggestions and questions for looking at the details of the art on the reverse. But this is more than an exercise in art appreciation; each card has open-ended art activities that relate to the art, creative exercises that kids (and adults) are likely to enjoy together. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Seen Art?
(by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Viking $16.99 Score:) One boy is looking for his friend Art and ends up on tour at the new MOMA in New York. For those who have seen the collection, the reproductions here might lend some recall. This is a one-joke book with small reproductions of a major collection. Good, not great. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Imagine
(by Norman Messenger, Candlewick $17.99 Score:) As an object, this is a book designed to engage children in looking, and looking again to discover more than a quick glance will reveal. It’s a visual romp for older children—not the very young who may find some of the images frightening. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2006 Award
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
(by Kate DiCamillo/illus. by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Mercy, an indulged “porcine wonder” to her owners, is nothing but a pig to her cranky neighbors. This is the first of a series and Mercy will no doubt continue to pull the wool over the Watsons’ loving eyes. 2nd, 3rd grade.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Spy Force Series
(by Deborah Abela/illus. by George O’Connor, Simon & Schuster $9.95 Score:) Eleven-year-old Max looks like your everyday kid, but she is a superspy involved in an international agency, Spy Force. In Search of Time and Space is the first in the series and our eleven-year-old reader found it exciting and suspenseful.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Code Talkers
(by Joseph Bruchac, Dial $16.99 Score:) Based on true events during WWII, Joseph Bruchac tells the once-secret story of the Navaho soldiers who served in the Marine Corps using the language of their culture to send messages that were impossible for the enemy to read. Opening with the narrator’s days in an Indian school where his native language was outlawed, there is more than a little irony in this story of courage that saved the lives of scores of GIs in the Pacific. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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