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Award: Blue Chip


1994 Awards
Where the Wild Things Are
(by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins $15 Score:) When Max is punished by being sent to his room without dinner, her embarks on one of the most remarkable fantasy romps in children's literature. Some fours may enjoy this, but it's a better choice for slightly older kids who understand the difference between real and make-believe. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
The Little Red Hen
(retold and illus. by Byron Barton, HarperCollins $12.95 Score:) Always a favorite with young nay Sayers, this version of the story of the Little Red Hen includes three chicks who do get to feast with Mama in the end. Barton's bold graphics and colors are also a feast for the eyes! 2 and up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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1995 Awards
I See and I Touch
(by Rachel Isadora, Greenwillow $6.95 Score:) Two classic baby books trace baby's day and the things he sees and touches. SNAP INFO: Two classic baby books trace baby's day and the things he sees and touches.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. 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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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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2001 Awards
The Seals on the Bus
(by Lenny Hort/ illus. by G. Brian Karas, Holt $15.95 Score:) For a noisy animal sing-a-long variation on The Wheels On the Bus, bring home this zippy picture book with a bus load of honking, roaring, and chirping critters. Platinum Award 2001. Also the traditional song in a delightful though very rippable pop-up format, bring home Paul Zelinsky's Wheels On the Bus (Dutton $17.99, BLUE CHIP), but save it for parent-child together times!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Awards
Ed Emberly's Fingerprint Drawing Book
(by Ed Emberley, Little Brown $6.95 Score:) Forget the rubber stampers—use your fingers, an inkpad, colored pencils, and Emberley's playful step-by-step lead to create a world of birds, bees, and chugging choo-choos. It's one way to get kids to look at details and work in a sequential way. This newest edition suggests using a greater variety of washable ink pads and paints with a brighter palette than those in his earlier books. 6 & up.

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

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2003 Award
Clifford, the Big Red Dog
(by Norman Bridwell, Scholastic $14.95 Score:) You've heard of tall tales? Well here's that well-loved, long-lived, all dog Clifford. Imagine he's 40 years old this year and his story is just as "right-on" the mark for first fantasies as it was when it first appeared. Here the make believe is so far-fetched that kids will see the humor of a dog that's big eough to ride and too big to hide! The anniversary cover is flocked with texture and sure to become a keeper to be shared maybe 40 years from now!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Awards
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(J. K. Rowling/illus. by Mary GrandPre, Scholastic $ Score:)

The long-anticipated fifth book takes about a hundred pages to get going, but not to worry—that leaves almost 700 more pages to satisfy the most die-hard Harry Potter fan. For kids that find an 800+ page book a little daunting, you may want to consider the Listening Library CD's by master stroy teller, Jim Dale listed on our audio pages. 26 hours & 30 minutes of listening. Age: late school years, ’tweens, teens. Still top rated, the first three audio books in the series. PLATINUM AWARD ’01.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on

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2006 Awards
I Went Walking
(by Sue Williams/illus. by Julie Vivas, Harcourt $10.95 Score:)

Reintroduced in a very large 10" square board book format, this is a BLUE CHIP animal and color identification book with repetitive lines. Because of its size it is heavy to handle, but otherwise still a fine read-aloud favorite of toddlers. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on

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