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2002 Award
Talkin' About Bessie
(by Nikki Grimes/ illus. by E.B. Lewis, Orchard $16.95 Score:) The story of an aviator pioneer, Elizabeth Coleman, is told by each of the many people who knew her. Their multiple voices add up to an original kind of biography that reveals the kind of determination and grit this woman needed to become the first African American femal pilot. She not only overcame her gender, she did it in the face of poverty and race in a time when others might have given up.

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

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2002 Award
School Picture Day
(by Lynn Plourde/illus. by Thor Wickstrom, Dutton $16.99 Score:) Josephina Caroleena Wattasheena the First, is mechanically inclined and wants to know how things work. This is a spoof of an annual event that is guaranteed to take the angst out! 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Never Say Boo to a Goose!
(by Jakki Wood/illus. by Clare Barton, Barefoot Books $14.99 Score:) Little Tiger is told by his Mama never to say Boo to a Goose. But what does a goose look like anyway? And why not say Boo? This curious little cat tried not listening to his Mama with one animal too many! Another intro to all the farmyard creatures. 2-5.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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Babushka
(retold by Sandra Ann Horn/illus. by Sophie Fatus, Barefoot Books $16.95 Score:) Babushka is so busy cleaning that she almost misses the amazing events that are happening when an angel comes to her yard, a star appears in the sky and three wise men come to her door. Unlike the Italian Christmas Witch, Babushka finds her way to Bethlehem, learning much along the way! 4-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Awards
Catch That Goat!
(by Polly Alakija, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Ayoka was supposed to take care of the family goat. Oh, oh! That runaway goat has gone to the market! In a romp through a Nigerian market, this is a spirited counting book with details to explore on every page, including a sighting of that runaway goat! Lyrical African names and repetitive pattern makes for a fun read aloud! 2-6.

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

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2002 Awards
My First Baby Signs
(by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D, & Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D./ p, HarperCollins $6.95 Score:) One of several books that show how to teach baby to sign even before she can speak. Using charming photos of babies and familiar objects, the pictures capture the baby signing a word as the text tells you how to sign that word. Also, Baby Signs for Mealtime ($6.95) The authors claim that babies have fewer tantrums and talk sooner when they are empowered to communicate through simple gestures. Makes sense. When do you start? When baby starts to wave good-bye. SNAP: This series may be of interest to parents with children with delayed speech

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Going Places
(by Todd Parr, Little Brown $4.95 Score:) Most of the vehicles (except for the fire engine) are easy to recognize and name, which is the whole purpose of this kind of book. If the images are too hard to recognize then the knowing and naming possibilities are lost. Bright and colorful, this one makes more sense than the zany faces in the companion, Funny Faces book.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims
(by Kenneth C. Davis/ illus. by S.D. Schindler, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) Using a question and answer format, this is the newest in a series of informative yet entertaining books. Shindler's illustrations have humor and give this an appealing non-textbook look.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Muldoon
(by Pamela Duncan Edwards/ illus. by Henry Cole, Hyperion $14.99 Score:) Dog lovers will enjoy this whimsical tale told from a dog's point of view. Muldoon is no ordinary pet, he's a "working" dog who takes pride in waking in the morning, taking his children to school, checking the trash for valuables and cleaning the dinner plates. Children will see the humor of a text that doesn't quite match what the illustrations show. 4-8

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

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2002 Award
Dear Papa
(by Anne Ylvisaker, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) In school Isabelle has to write a letter to someone she has not seen in a long time. So, she writes to her Papa who died a year ago. Sound maudlin? Not at all! This is a moving novel written totally in letters, not just to Papa but family and friends who are very much alive. Isabelle sense of humor keeps her entertaining and endearing! 8-12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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