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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2014 Award
Is There a Dog in This Book?
(by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Viviane Schwarz takes the lift the flap book to a new and more sophisticated level. Unlike the usual toddler flap books this one has an amusing story line. Put simply, it's about three cats who think there is a dog in their house and they are afraid of dogs--but as the story moves along one of the cats thinks a dog might be nice to pet. In just a few amusing pages the tone of the story changes as the cats and dog begin to trust each other. It's hard to say how many times this lift the flap book will entertain, but let's just say, it is a lively and fun read the first time through. 3-7


Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Double Draw All Around the World
(Mudpuppy Press $9.99 Score:)

We don't usually do coloring books, but this is a lot more and more like a drawing book that may satisfy older kids who want their realistic drawings to look more realistic. Double Draw gives young artists half a picture of some recognizable places such as the Eiffel Tower, The Sphinx, and Lady Liberty. There are spiral bindings on both sides of the book. Kids can draw the right hand side or the left hand side of these symmetrical sites and then they can draw their own version on the blanks provided. Marked for 4 & up, this is not a preschool kind of toy. They will not get hurt by any small parts, but they will be frustrated. On the other hand, school age kids will welcome the guidance that half an image offers. A fun approach to guiding drawing that leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
My New Friend is So Fun!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Did you ever feel like your best friend was finding a new best friend? What child has not experienced the angst of such a drama. With humor and grace, Mo Willems drums up a drama over just such an ordeal shared by Gerald and Snake, when their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat have a play date. Though life is not always so picture book perfect, this little story about jealousy and friendship speaks to some big ideas kids will relate to. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
A Baby Elephant in the Wild
(by Caitin O’Connell/photos by Caitin O’Connel and , Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Having just returned from Africa it is small wonder that I found this handsome book so fascinating. Told is a straightforward manner the author manages to convey a great deal of information in a lively fashion about the life of a baby elephant. Photographs add much to the telling. An excellent non-fiction book for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Very Little Red Riding Hood
(Teresa Heapy/ Sue Heap, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

A totally new take on Little Red that will tickle you pink! As always, Little Red is off to her Granny's with cake. On the way she meets the well-known wolf, but she insists he's a fox. From there it just gets sillier and sillier. If you like fractured fairy tales, this one will not disappoint, although you may miss the fun of the usual repetition of 'what big eyes you have...and what big teeth you have,' etc. This is far more appropriate for the very little Red Riding Hood listeners. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Have You Seen My Dragon?
(by Steve Light, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

With wonderfully busy black and white drawings, Dragon leads his friend on a merry chase. Uptown, downtown, crosstown, too, the boy searches everywhere for his dragon and finds everything from hotdogs to bikes, but not his dragon, although the reader will see dragon hidden with each page turn. A counting book that goes all the way up to 20 with splashes of color and action-packed images to pour over. Beginning readers will catch on to the repetitive refrain and counting the familiar things. 5-7

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Number One Sam
(Hyperion $16.99 Score:)


Sam has always been number one when he races his car, always that is until his friend Maggie beat him. Did Sam give up? No way. In his next race Sam thinks he might be winning until something else happens that makes him understand that winning is not as important as doing the right thing. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Dog Days at School
(by Kelly DiPucchio/ Brian Biggs, Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Charlie does not like school. In fact one Sunday night he wishes that he could be a like his dog, Norman. What follows next is a mostly amusing Kafka-for-kids fantasy that speaks to the old adage, be careful what you wish for. After days go by with the two trading places, Charlie comes to understand this. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Flip Flap Farm
(by Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $11.99 Score:)

With split pages that can be flipped to match top and bottom views that create a whole animal or combine the top of one and bottom of another, this is a playful book. Half the name of the animal is on top and the other half on the bottom. When pages are mixed, the new mixed up animal takes on an original name. There are amusing rhymes about all the creatures that add to the fun. Call it a matching game or have even more fun mismatching the animals. 3-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Beneath the Sun
(by Melissa Stewart/ illus. Constance Bergum, Charlesbridge $16.99 Score:)

A handsome and informative young science book that explains how the animals deal with the heat of summer days. How the spittlebug stays cool by squirting out a froth of white goo and nestles down inside the bubbles hidden in the leaves. It shows us animals in the desert, in the meadow, in the sea all have their special ways of dealing with the sun. Handsome illustrations add much. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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