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2001 Awards
Little Red Riding Hood
(retold by Harriet Zeifert/illus. by Emily Bolam, Puffin $3.99 Score:) A very modern-looking Red in a hooded sweatshirt goes off to visit Granny. Since kids know this story well, they are often thrilled to be able to reread an easy telling like this with independence. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1993 Awards
Let's Read & Find Out Series
(various authors, HarperCollins $4.85 Score:) This excellent series provides underwhelming information and includes activities children can do to bring abstract ideas down to earth. New for 2001, Starfish, Why Frogs are Wet, and Ant City.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1993.

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2001 Award
The Case of the Missing Monkey
(by Cynthia Rylant/illus. by G. Brian Karas, Greenwillow $14.95 Score:) Two very urban characters star in a new series, The High-Rise Private Eyes. In this adventure, Mac, who runs the "Grill Next Door," is missing his glass monkey. Who took it? Leave it to Bunny (the brain) and Jack (the snoop) to solve the mystery! Also fun, Case of the Climbing Cat.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2006 Awards
Musical Jewelry Box
(Alex $19.99 Score:) Originally a Platinum Award winner in 2000, this box has been updated (with extra bling). This is the quintessential jewelry box with a spinning ballerina inside. Comes with sparkling gems to glue on top and a frou-frou tutu of pink tulle on a hot pink ribbon to attach to the box. A very girlie-girlie gift, but likely to win the oo-oohs and ah-h-h-hs of beginners. The box is finished in pink so there's not a lot to do, but it's showy and quick. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2001 Awards
Benny's New Friend
(by Gertrude C. Warner, Albert Whitman $3.95 Score:) The Boxcar Children are often a favorite first chapter book series. Now, a new series features the same cast of characters in an easier format. In this one a new neighbor turns out to be a good athlete and friend to Benny, even if she is a girl. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Tiny's Bath
(by Cari Meister/illus. by Rich Davis, Viking $13.89 Score:) Beginning readers will see the humor of a huge dog named Tiny who can't fit in a tub. An entertaining romp with language that's simple and repetitive, and visual clues that help beginners with new words.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Space Guys!
(by Martha Weston, Holiday House $14.95 Score:) An amusing tale about a boy who is awakened by a space ship that lands in the tree with three space guys. When he tries to tell his sleeping parents they tell him to go to sleep. Truly an easy-to-read fantasy for first graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
See the Yak Yak
(by Charles Ghigna/illus. by Brian Lies, Random House $3.99 Score:) Did you ever see a fish fish? How about a bat bat? Lies' amusing illustrations of a yak yakking on the phone add meaning to the use of single word as both a noun and a verb. A clever way to introduce kids to the playfulness of words.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Monkey Trouble
(various authors, Candlewick $4.99 Score:) A set of four slim books, each a complete and amusing story told with one sentence to a page and helpful picture cues. Just one word changes in the repeated sentence as the story unfolds. Also recommended in the Brand New Readers, Tabby Cat and Winnie books.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Drip, Drop
(by Sarah Weeks/illus. by Jane Manning, HarperCollins $12.95 Score:) Beginners will enjoy the rhyming words and repeated pattern of raindrops leaking that keep Pip Squeak mouse from sleeping.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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