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1997 Awards
Hot Potato Game
(Parker Brothers $14.99 Score:) Squeeze this soft electronic musical talking spud to turn on his sound. Pass him around fast! If you are holding him when he yells "Yahoo!" you take a hot card. Three cards and you're out. A fast, fun game for two or more players. May be hard for preschoolers to deal with-especially the hot cards. SNAP INFO: Squeeze this soft electronic musical talking spud to turn on his sound. Pass him around fast! If you're holding him when he yells "Yahoo!" you take a hot card. Three cards and you're out. A fast, fun game for two or more players. May be hard for preschoolers to deal with-especially the hot cards.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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1999 Awards
Goodnight Moon Game
(Briarpatch $19.95 Score:) This utterly simple, but right on the mark, game features illustrations from M.W. Brown's classic GOODNIGHT MOON. Children take turns picking and matching cards with pictures on their lotto-style playing boards. There's no reading or counting, but this is good for developing language and recalling the story many kids can recite. 1-4 players. 2 and a half and up. SNAP INFO: A charming matching game that features illustrations from M.W. Brown's classic GOODNIGHT MOON. Children take turns picking and matching cards with pictures on their lotto-style playing boards. There's no reading or counting, but this is good for talking about what's happening in the pictures. 1-4 players.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 1999.

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2011 Awards
Maisy Game
(Briarpatch $20 Score:)

Happily this former Platinum and SNAP Award (1995) winning game has been brought back this year!  It now has the designation of Blue Chip Award winner.  One of the most beautifully designed color concept games we've ever reviewed. Players spin and pick up sturdy cardboard cutouts to match color, pattern and objects on their picture board of Maisy. Develops language and matching skills with a favorite character. 

SNAP INFO: Use this matching game to reinforce color words, patterns and knowing and naming the objects on the "lotto" style playing boards. ACTIVITY: Give each player a card and give riddles for finding the object that is the answer, for example, "I'm thinking of something that is round that you can bounce." The child who picks up ball gets to put it on her card.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
I Spy Little Numbers
(by Jean Marzollo/ photos by Walter WIck, Scholastic $6.99 Score:) Another simplified version of the well loved I SPY series, but here objects are shown in isolation on one page and embedded in the big scene on the facing page. An amusing visual perception game that's fun for developing language, too. 2 & up. SNAP INFO: Find the objects shown in isolation on one page that are embedded in the big scene on the facing page. This little book is a fun visual perception game that's also fun for developing language, too.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Award
Eyes, Nose, Fingers, & Toes
(by Judy Hindley/ illus. by Brita Granstrom, Candlewick $16 Score:) Though the rhymes are somewhat uneven, this bouncy book celebrates the playful ways tots can use their bodies. It's a giant leap beyond simply knowing and naming nose and toes, with lots of tot appeal. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
Do Monkey's Tweet?
(by Melanie Walsh, Houghton Mifflin $15 Score:) Do horses bark? Do dogs oink? Older toddlers will giggle smugly at the totally ridiculous questions and gloat over how smart they are because they know the name of the animal that tweets, cheeps, barks, or...whatever, before you turn the page! From the author of Do Pigs Have Stripes? 2 and a half & up. SNAP INFO: Here's a concept book with a sense of humor! Do horses bark? Do dogs oink? Older toddlers will giggle smugly at the totally ridiculous questions and gloat at how smart they are because they know the name of the animal that tweets, cheeps, barks, or...whatever, before you turn the page! From the author of Do Pigs Have Stripes? 2 and a half & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
Sleepytime Rhyme
(by Remy CHarlip, Greenwillow $16 Score:) You'll soon know this lyrical love poem by heart and before long, so will the lucky child you read it to! In fact your child will be saying it with you! This is one of those poems that feels like it has always been here waiting to be shared. All ages.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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1995 Awards
Where's My Baby?
(by H.A. Rey, Houghton Mifflin $4.95 Score:) We were delighted to welcome back this reissued classic series of fold out books, published decades ago. These have no less appeal today! Done by the author/artist of Curious George, this little book features a variety of mother animals who find their babies on teach of the fold out pages. In the same series, look for Annybody HOme?; See the Circus; and Feed the Animals. These are on sturdy paper that will withstand repeated readings and folding. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1995.

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1998 Awards
Guess How Much I Love You
(by Sam McBratney/illus. by Anita Jeram, Candlewick $6.99 Score:) When Big Nutbrown Hare puts Little Nutbrown Hare to sleep, they get into an insoluble game of measuring their love for each other. Breaks the usual gender agenda of moms tucking little ones in and is newly reissued in a sturdy boardbook edition. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1998.

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1998 Awards
My Very First Mother Goose Boardbooks
(by Iona Opie/illus. by Rosemary Wells, Candlewick $8 Score:) Well's art adds a deliciously witty view that makes these old rhymes new again. "Wee Willie Winkie" and "Little Boy Blue" are the best of the lot. You'll use them as a resource to recite long before you sit and read them to your child. These are boardbook editions or excerpts from the larger books which are a treasure! SNAP INFO: Well's art adds a deliciously witty view that makes these old rhymes new again. "Wee Willie Winkie" and "Little Boy Blue" are the best of the lot. You'll use them as a resource to recite long before you sit and read them to your child. These are boardbook editions or excerpts from the larger books which are a treasure!

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 1998.

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