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2003 Award
I Am Planet Earth
(by Jean Marzollo/illus. by Judith Moffat, Scholastic $3.99 Score:) Newest in this consistently fine young science concept series with beautiful cut-paper art. This introduces our place in the solar system in language that children can not only read, but also understand. Also top rated, I Love You (by Jean Marzollo/illus. by Suse MacDonald, Scholastic), a rebus poem right on target for the beginner reader.

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2003 Award
Easy As Apple Pie
(by Karen Gray Ruelle, Holiday House $14.95 Score:) Harry and Emily go to their grandparents' house for a visit. It's apple season and Emily thinks she hates apples, but she discovers she loves apple pie. Also fun, Skinny and Fats, Best Friends.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Beeper's Friends
(by Carole Lexa Schaefer/illus. by Julie Lacome, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Four funny stories that kids will quickly be able to read. Context clues, simple sentences, and repeated phrases make this a winner for the beginner! Here Beeper and his friends Honk, Stomp, and Winky play in bumper cars and dress up in funny clothes. Also recommended in the Brand New Readers series: Piggy & Dad Play, Ethan Out & About, The Rosa Stories, and Monkey Trouble. Grades 1 & 2.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
You Can't Take a Balloon Into The Museum of Fine Arts
(by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Gla, Dial $17.99 Score:) Grandma volunteers to care for her granddaughter's green balloon outside the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. When the balloon takes off, Grandma takes a whirlwind tour of Boston from the Commons to Fenway Park and Quincey Market! Meanwhile, back in the museum Grandpa and the kids see some of the famous paintings in that historic museum. A zippy tour-de-force, as always!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Can You Find It?
(by Judith Cressy, Abrams Books $1595 Score:)

Using 19 reproductions from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is an "I Spy" kind of game that encourages kids to notice details in works of art. With paintings from Egyptian to 20th-century collections, this is an entertaining way to help children look more closely as they experience art in books or museums. Still stop rated, A Book of Artrageous Projects PLATINUM AWARD '01 (editors of Klutz and Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Angelo
(by David Macaulay, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Angelo, a master plasterer, works at repairing a church in Rome. He finds a wounded bird and nurses it back to health. In time the bird is well enough to leave, but still checks in on the old man from time to time. When she discovers his health is failing, she returns the old man's caring ways. Macaulay's paintings capture the colors of Roma and the story speaks to the nature of friendship. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Baseball Top 10
(by James Buckley, Jr and David Fisher, DK $9.95 Score:) If you are into baseball records and stats, you'll enjoy this compilation of the top ten of almost everything—pitching aces, hittting stars, home runs, strikeouts, largest stadiums, newest ballparks, and many, many more! Just the kind of reading young players and fans enjoy.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Small Worlds Maps and Mapmaking
(Karen R. Young, Scholastic $17.95 Score:) This is not an atlas, but rather an exploration of the many ways that mapmakers (mainly women in this collection) view the world. Illustrated with historic maps, photos, and line drawings this is a big book that expands the concept of the varied stories maps tell. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
How Do You Know What Time It Is?
(by Robert E. Wells, Albert Whitman $14.95 Score:) A history of how we measure time, from the Egyptians to the present day. A lot of big concepts are introduced in this slim book. They won't be learned in one sitting, but this is a good place to start. From the author of Can You Count to a Googol? 7–10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Hairdo! What We Do and Did to Our Hair
(by Ruth Freeman Swain/illus. by Cat Bowman Smith, Holiday House $16.99 Score:) Imagine hair with beeswax melting in it or lard and flour to hold it in place! An entertaining history of hair that is as unusual as this team's earlier award winner, Bedtime! 6–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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