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2003 Award
Sing a Song Of Piglets
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, Clarion $16 Score:) A charming calendar written in verse and illustrated with adorable pigs doing seasonal activities. A pretty book to introduce the months of the year.

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

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2003 Award
One Rainy Day
(by Valeri Gorbachev, Philomel $15.99 Score:) A charmingly patterned counting book in which Pig recounts (sorry) to his friend Goat why he got all wet during a rainy day in the forest. He runs into two porcupines, three buffaloes, four leopards, and five lions… you get the idea.

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

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2003 Award
The Kettles Get New Clothes
(by Dayle Ann Dodds/illus. by Jill McElmurry, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) The Kettles go to town to buy new clothes, but the shop is now owned by a gentleman who wants to sell them a new look. In this young concept book the Kettles reject stripes, polka-dots, checks, and paisley. Only the baby is adventuresome. Told with verve and some internal rhyme, this is a good read-aloud that will appeal to independent dressers.

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

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2003 Award
Dog Food
(by Saxton Freymann/illus. by Joost Elffers, Scholastic $12.95 Score:) Combines word play and food play in a delicious little book of dogs made out of bananas, pears, peppers, and more. As always, this creative team makes fruits and veggies something kids enjoy!

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

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2003 Award
Dig Dig Digging
(by Margaret Mayo/illus. by Alex Ayliffe, Holt $14.95 Score:) Trucks, tractors, helicopters, fire engines are the stars in this young concept book that bounces along as it explains in lilting verse what kind of work these vehicles do. This is a fun read-aloud with vibrant illustrations full of action. 3–5.

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

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2003 Award
Carlo Likes Counting
(by Jessica Spanyol, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Bold paintings with many items on each page with sets of one through ten. This is more than a simple counting book. It enlarges the concept of one-ness, two-ness, and more with multiple things to count and talk about with preschoolers. A worthy sequel to Carlo Likes Reading.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Apollo
(by Caroline Gregoire, Kane Miller $13.95 Score:) What a funny way to learn about some basic math concepts, with an adorable dog who can be viewed by halves, from above, below, front, back, vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and with great affection. This offers an introduction to some very abstract words using images to make them concrete, humorous, and memorable.

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

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2003 Award
Snowmen at Night
(by Caralyn Buehner/illus. by Mark Buehner, Penguin $15.99 Score:) Noting how different her snowman looks in the morning, here is one child's imaginative version of the secret lives of snowmen. Hidden pictures of rabbits, Santas, and T-Rex add another dimension to the fun.

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

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2003 Award
Close Your Eyes
(by Kate Banks/illus. by Georg Hallensleben, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Getting children to close their eyes and make pictures in their mind's eye might just be easier with this charming bedtime tale about a little tiger who is fighting sleep. 3–6.

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

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2003 Award
Bear Snores On
(by Karma Wilson/illus. by Jane Chapman, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) A big brown bear is asleep in his lair when other small animals come in and have a happy time. But what will happen when Bear awakes? The rhythm, rhyme, and repetitive refrain make this great fun for young listeners. There's nothing scary about this big bear who just wants to join in the fun. Perfect for read-aloud pleasure.

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

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