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Age: Preschoolers

 


2014 Award
Bruno and Titch, A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig
(By Sheena Dempsey, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

The longings of a Guinea Pig as told by Titch who longs for a Big Person and a home of his own. An original and amusing way of telling a familiar tale by switching the point of view to the pet who longs for a boy. Sheena Dempsey's light and humorous telling goes hand in hand with her amusing illustrations. For anyone who has longed for a pet, this is a breezy and entertaining tale. 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
A Letter for Leo
(By Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

There's a lovely roundness to this low-key tale of a mailman who never has received a letter. One day he finds a small bird in his mailbox and takes care of it until spring comes. With the arrival of the birds from their winter migration, the little bird leaves Leo, but before long what should arrive? Of course, a letter filled with cheeps.

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

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2014 Award
Chu's Day
(By Neil Gaiman/illus. Adam Rex, HarperCollins $7.99 Score:)

Great for hamming it up with exaggerated sneezes or near-sneezes as you read this silly story about Chu, a little panda with a mighty big sneeze. Originally published in hardcover, the book is now in a sturdy board book, the kind of format usually done for infants and toddlers. This is a story for older preschoolers who will get the humor of the finale. You have to know the difference between real and make believe to get the joke. Save this for 4-8.

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

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2014 Awards
Animal Teachers
(By Janet Halfmann/ illus Katy Hudsom, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

How do animals learn? They don't go to school or have books. In a charming and informative book, they learn from their teachers, their mothers, fathers and sometimes the herd they live with in the great outdoor classroom of the world. Each new idea is followed with interactive questions that give children a chance to make the connections between their world and how they learn.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Zoe’s Jungle
(By Bethanie Deeney Muruia, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Playing a pretend game in the park, Zoe has just five minutes before she has to go home. For the child listener and page turner there is the lively imagined world of Zoe's chase, punctuated with related but realistic reminders that time for play is almost up. A lively romp with delightful action packed illustrations. 4 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
I Feel Five
(By Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Candlewick $16.95 Score:)

Fritz has been looking forward to turning five, yet when the big day arrives he doesn't feel all that different. Of course, since this is a picturebook there is that moment tucked in at the end to make the story complete, yet, perhaps the bigger story is how many children will relate to the real moments of truth, when nothing feels all that different. It's a good story for talking about the typical impatient feelings kids have and their need for tangible proof that they are growing up in so many ways that can't always be measured in inches or candles on the cake.

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

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2014 Award
Eye on the Wild, Tiger
(by Suzi Eszterhas, Frances Lincoln Books $15.99 Score:)

With handsome photographs in full color, Tiger follows a family of cubs and their mother from first wobbly stage to ready to leave home full-grown tigers. Without overwhelming young listeners or readers with information, this book and a companion book, Elephant capture the everyday events in the lives of young tigers and elephants.

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

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2014 Awards
Maisy's World of Animals
(Lucy COusins, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Another in Lucy Cousin’s First Science series. This time out she takes toddlers on a tour of the habitats of animals all over the world. From the far northern Arctic to the mountains, deserts, savannah, ocean, jungle, and all the way to the Antarctic, there are tabs to pull and flaps to lift. With limited text, but lots of colorful images, this is a fun way to introduce some big concepts to beginners. There is lots to talk about on every spread.

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

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2014 Award
A Library Book for Bear
(By Bonny Becker/ illus by Kady MacDonald Denton, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Just when you thought you did not need another book about bears or another one about going to the library, along comes an absolute gem with perfect picture book pace and pitch. Bear regrets that he agreed to go to the library with his friend Mouse. Of course, bear goes but takes his negative views along. With few words and illustrations that deliver more than words alone could ever do, this is an endearing story about a bear who knows what he wants and gets it, too. 4 & up.

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

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Little Lola
(By Julie Saab and David Gothard, Greenwillow $16.99 Score:)

Little Lola is a lively fun loving cat who not only has a to do list—she loves all her to-doing, including going to school. Unlike so many starting to school books that are full of angst and fear of separation, Lola pounces right into the excitement and loves every moment of it. Even when her enthusiasm goes too far. 4-7

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

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