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2002 Award
Little Red Riding Hood
(retold by Marjorie Priceman, Simon & Schuster $17.95 Score:) A liberated Granny and Little Red make this an empowering retelling! No woodsmen need apply. In this beautifully crafted pop-up version. Priceman cleverly retells the story for girls of anew century! Likely to be revisited often.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
A Gift from Zeus
(retold by Jeanne Steig/illus. by William Steig, HarperCollins $17.95 Score:) The bare-breasted women on the cover may set off many a giggle, but shouldn't keep you from this delightful collection of 16 favorite myths that are woven together into a story. William Steig, now in his 90s, is still masterful and has lost none of his stylish wit.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mini Windowsill Garden
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A ceramic set with two mini flowerpots. watering can, tray, and mini hand tools. Kids paint and then plant with soil and fast-growing wheat seed that are also included. Pots are smaller than they look on the box, but charming. A nice gif t for a child to give to a teacher.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Soda Pop Science
(Scientific Explorer $20 Score:) A hands-on kit for making home-made soda pop! Comes with all the ingredients (except sugar and food coloring) to mix up batches of lime, cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla soda. Recipes call for measuring and keeping records of your own secret recipes! A great science and party activity. Adult help for 6 to 9s. Older kids will be able to handle this on their own.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
(by Doreen Cronin/ illus. by Betty Lewin, Simon & Schuster $15 Score:) Here's one funny way to show kids the power of reading and writing! When the cows find an old typewriter in the barn, they begin sending requests for more heat and other amenities in the barn. An amusing tale! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Welcome To Kindergarten
(by Anne Rockwell, - Not Selected - $15.95 Score:) Kindergarten visits for preschoolers are an annual event. This big book will help your preschooler prepare for or relive the big day. ALthough no two kindergartens are exactly alike, it might be fun to talk about how the one int he book is like or different from the one your child visits.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Waiting For Wings
(by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt $17 Score:) Breathtakingly vibrant collages spill over the pages of htis glorious early science book that is told in rhyme. Like the eggs that hatch into caterpillars that spin cacoons and emerge as butterflies, Ehlert's pages grow larger and fuller as the metamorphosis comes about. A beauty! 3-6

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Red Are the Apples
(by Marc Harshman and CHeryl Ryan/ illus. by Wade Z, Harcourt $16 Score:) A celebration of the bounty of colors and good things found in a fall garden. Zahares's exuberant palette goes beyond the usual providing something of a stretch for the picture-book set. 3-7. For a charming but strictly apples book, Apple Farmer Annie (by Monica Wellington, Dutton $14.99) 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery
(by Ellen Stoll Walsh, Harcourt $15 Score:) Two mouse detectives figure out how an acorn gets from one end of the meadow to another. In this early science book Walsh blends fact and fancy in text and torn paper collages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Turtle Splash
(by Cathryn Falwell, Greenwillow $15.95 Score:) Ten turtles fall into the pond one by one as other pond critters come along. A counting backwards book in verse with a little science stirred into the fun. 4 and up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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