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2001 Awards
Each Living Thing
(by Joanne Ryder/illus. by Ashley Wolff, Harcourt $16 Score:) So often children are curious but fearful of such living things as spiders, snakes, and stinging jellyfish. Wolff's bold illustrations bring them up close as Ryder urges us to appreciate, not fear them. Preachy, but beautiful. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Toot & Puddle: Puddle's ABC
(by Holly Hobbies, Little Brown $14.95 Score:) Otto the turtle wants to know how to write his name, but he doesn't know his letters. It's Puddle to the rescue! He draws pictures, many featuring his good friend Toot. This doesn't live up to the first two Toot & Puddle books that shouldn't be missed.4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
A Pig is Big
(A Pig is Big , Greenwillow $16.95 Score:) A pig is big—but compared to what? Florian's watercolors begin with a peek at the pig that gets smaller and smaller as it's compared to a car, truck, neighborhood, city, and universe. A big concept. 4 & up.

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

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2001 Award
Monster Musical Chairs
(by Stuart J. Murphy/illus. by Scott Nash, HarperTrophy $4.95 Score:) Watch out, as the monsters play musical chairs, there's one less monster on each page turn. Done in lively verse, here's an introduction to simple subtraction without the written symbols. 4 & up.

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

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2001 Award
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders & Spheres
(by Tana Hoban, Greenwillow $15.95 Score:) A collection of stunning photos in a wordless book focus on recognizing the many geometric shapes found in familiar things. A good talking book that will lead to more discoveries. 3 & up.

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

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2001 Awards
ABC T-Rex
(by Bernard Most, Harcourt $13 Score:) Most never seems to run out of ways to serve up dinos. This time it's a T-Rex and how he enjoys eating alphabetically. Kids will enjoy hunting for other things that begin with each letter as they study the details of each page. 4–7.

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

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2001 Award
ABC Kids
(by Laura E. Williams, Philomel $15.99 Score:) From apple to zipper, there's just one object per letter to identify in this collection of lively photos of kids. Long before they know their letters there's lots to talk about on each page. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Night Night, Cuddly Bear
(by Martin Waddell/illus. by Penny Dale, Candlewick $14.95 Score:) Joe can't go to bed without his Cuddly Bear, but where is Bear? Everyone in Joe's family has an idea. A sweet for bedtime! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Big Wolf and Little Wolf
(by Sharron P. Denslow/illus. by Cathie Felstead, Greenwillow $15.95 Score:) Greenwillow $15.95) There's sure to be some crooning going on once big dads and their little ones catch on to the happy songs this father-and-son duo sing. And no, Mom is not forgotten! A jolly good-night book! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
The Baby BeeBee Bird
(by Diane Redfield Massie/illus. by Steven Kellogg, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) If you have a new baby in the house, you'll relate to the animals in the zoo that are can't sleep, thanks to a little but loud BeeBee bird. There are lots of noisy opportunities for hamming it up! 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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