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2000 Awards
Eight Days of Hanukkah
(by Harriet Ziefert/illus. by Melinda Levine, Viking $10.99 Score:) A simple counting book with all the symbols of the holiday from dreidels to latkes. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
Zelda and Ivy One Christmas
(by Laura M. Krasnosky, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Two lovable siblings celebrate Christmas with wishes that come true and good cheer for their neighbor, too. A book about giving—not just getting! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Truffle's Christmas
(by Anna Currey, Orchard $15.95 Score:) Little mouse Truffle fears that he made a big mistake. He asked Santa for a toy instead of the blanket his family needs to keep warm. He ventures out to find Santa to change his list. A warm and cozy ending makes this a good choice for the holidays. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Snowie Rolie
(by William Joyce, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Olie takes his new friend, Mr. Snowie, to Chillsville where they meet a well-known resident, Klanky Klaus. Fans of Joyce's Rolie Polie will enjoy this snowy adventure. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Santa's New Suit
(by Laura Rader, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) Santa is just plain tired of wearing the same old red suit. But his attempts to find a new look are not well received. Does the suit make the man? A clever twist> & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
The Nutcracker
(by David & Noelle Carter, Simon & Schuster $19.95 Score:) Best known for his pop-up bug books, Carter and his wife orchestrate a very special bug-less Nutcracker treat that's reminiscent of old-fashioned holiday cards—each capturing a different scene from Hoffman's classic tale. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
A Letter to Santa Claus
(by Brigette Weninger/illus. by Anne Moller, North-South $15.95 Score:) When Oliver, a poor child, hears about Santa he uses the gift of a balloon to send his wishes north. But the balloon sails south and a grumpy old man finds it. His unselfish letter transforms the "bah-hum-bug" man and the boy's life. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1999 Awards
The Can-Do Thanksgiving
(by Marion H. Pomeranc/illus. by Nancy Cole, Albert Whitman $16 Score:) Lots of kids participate in food drives during the holidays, but they don't always understand where their donations go. Here's a good starting place for that conversation. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2001 Awards
A Big Spooky House
(by Donna Washington/illus. by Jacqueline Rogers, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Taken from the oral tradition, this spooky tale builds and builds as a big, strong braggart tries to face down his fears of the mysterious John he keeps hearing about. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher
(by Lisa Passen, Holt $16 Score:) After Miss Irma Birmbaum gives homework on Halloween she is magically transformed into a fifty-foot giant who is reminded of the joys of the season. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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