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Age: Preschoolers

 


2006 Award
Little Yoga
(by Rebecca Whitford/illus. Martina Selway, Holt $9.95 Score:) Whether you are doing yoga or not, this is an appealing little book that invites active doing—stretching like a cat, wobbling like a bird, crouching like a frog—among other things. Clear illustrations include boys and girls as well as lively animals. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Animal Babies
(by Vickie Weber, 3M $6.95 Score:) Handsome full-color photos of animal babies and their mothers light up the pages of this sturdy board book. Each animal is introduced with a partial view and some hints as to its identity, as in “an animal that goes ‘Oink’ and has a curly tail.” The turn page shows the whole animal and its mommy and the baby’s proper name, as in “piglet.”

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Duckie's Ducklings: A One-to-Ten Counting Book
(by Frances Barry, Candlewick $7.99 Score:) Mama Duck only looks ahead, so she fails to see all of her ducklings who appear one by one behind her in this beginner’s counting book with cutaway pages. 2–4.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
10 Little Rubber Ducks
(by Eric Carle, HarperCollins $19.99 Score:) This is not so much a counting book as another one of Carle’s glorious knowing and naming books. Ten little toy ducks fall off a container ship and meet a variety of ocean-going creatures along the way. Ends with an electronic squeak that little listeners will love to anticipate and activate. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
(art by Kadir Nelson, Dial $16.99 Score:) Except for the cover, we loved the illustrations of this spiritual. Following an African-American boy and his family through day and night, rain and shine, Nelson enlarges the joy and comfort of these familiar words.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Carl's Sleepy Afternoon
(Farrar Straus $12.95 Score:) This mostly wordless book is just begging for a child storyteller to interpret the illustrations and tell the story of Carl’s very busy afternoon when he did everything but sleep. Wordless books like this are perfect for the beginning storyteller. It is not likely to be told twice in the same words and each time the story is apt to grow fuller. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Duck's Skates
(by Lynne Berry/illus. by Hiroe Nakata, Holt $15.95 Score:) A lively romp as five little ducks wake up to find a snowy day. Told in zippy rhyme, this captures the flavor of a winter day of fun topped with cups of cocoa and a cozy ending. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Fairy Tale Cake
(by Jonathan Langley/illus. by Mark Sperring, Scholastic $15.95 Score:) Imagine if every character from your favorite nursery tales got together to make a special cake for your birthday! It’s fun to study the pages of this charming book looking for old favorites such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Gingerbread Boy,” and “The Three Bears,” to mention just a few. This is more about the pictures than the story, but when there’s a birthday cake at the end, it’s likely to please—especially if you sing “Happy Birthday” to finish it off! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The First Day of Winter
(by Denise Fleming, 3M $15.95 Score:) Based on The First Day of Christmas, this is a cumulative tale that involves building a perfect snowman. Fleming’s art captures the fun of snow and the delight of building a snowperson. 3–5.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Tacky and the WInter Games
(by Helen Lester/illus. by Lynn Munsinger, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Everybody’s favorite penguin is back. This time, Tacky is a member of a team trying to get in shape. But Tacky has his own idea of how to do that and the results are not exactly what his teammates had in mind. Lively language and images—with silly antics that make up for the lackluster ending. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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