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Age: Toddlers

 

Hide and Seek Harry Around the House
(by Kenny Harrison, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

Toddlers are going to feel so wise when they find Harry the hippo who tries to hide on every page of this charming board book. Of course they are smarter than silly Harry who is much too big to hide in the house. That is the joke and kids like such obvious humor. Also fun, Hide and Seek Harry At the Beach.

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

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2014 Awards
Summer Beach Day
(By Liesbet Siegers, Clavis $5.99 Score:)

A toddler board book all about the typical things found and used at the beach. This is a step beyond the simple knowing and naming books with single images and a single word on every page. It is more like what you would say in looking at such a book, only it's spelled out for the reader. A companion book, Spring Joy does the same with the previous season. 1 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Whose Hat is That?
(By Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis $16.99 Score:)

A hat flies in the wind and lands on various animals that all claim to be the owner of the hat. This is a repetitive refrain book that children of a certain age love, since it is so predictable. It is also a knowing and naming book that presents less than fully realistic images of familiar animals. With some prompting, older toddlers will soon recognize these variations. Of course. in the end the hat is returned to the rightful owner and all is well in the world. 2 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Mama, Baby, & Other First Words
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of Mamas, Papas, and others as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them.  Also in the series a collection called Animals in Art.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Animals in Art
(by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, Downtown Bookworks $7 Score:)

One of the Art from the Start boardbooks for the very young that uses fine art painting of animals as a novel way to introduce naming and knowing familiar images. Written in simple rhymes this little volume includes paintings by Degas, Rousseau, Manet and many others. A charming way to introduce art and language. Marked for 3 & up. We think even younger lap-sitting tots will like these images and listening to you talking about them. Also in the series a collection called Mama, Baby & Other First Words.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Colors
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

All too often, books designed to introduce color concepts, are illustrated with wishy-washy colors or too many colors on a page. As always, Lucy Cousins keeps it clear and simple in this small book that shows a bold color on one page and examples of that color to find on the facing page. Maisy sticks to red, orange, green and blue with the familiar cast of Maisy's friends. A good choice for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
(by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson/ illus. by L, Amazon $16.99 Score:)

No reluctance about going to school in this bouncy picture book. Kitty Cat's day is full of fun and the daily events of early school days. Told in bouncy verse that is reminiscent of that old rhyme, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs..." 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
The Tiny Seed Soft Book
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $9.99 Score:)

As fabric books go, this is one of the sweetest. The illustrations look like Eric Carle paintings and each page has something interesting to touch and explore. The sun has ribbon rays and a little worm is hiding under a flip-down mound of green. The silky fabric pages have crinkle sound built-in and the front cover has a chewy corner with textures for teething babies. A good laptime book with sensory learning to share with baby. A nice shower gift or going-for-a-visit goodie to bring along for baby.


SNAP: Fabric books like this one can survive tasting as well as early page turning. They are useful in helping kids learn how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Single objects on the page develop knowing and naming. You can expand on what is on the page by talking about the color, shape and looking for other objects in your home that are the same color. The sensory feedback on each page makes this a book children can enjoy alone as well as with you.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Kids Preferred, Fun Foods Teether Soft Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $15.44 Score:)

Familiar images of the Very Hungry Caterpillar decorate the pages of this fabric book that features familiar foods on each page to know and name. Designed for sensory learning this sturdy book has a plastic teether on the corner of the cover and one of the pages includes a lift up circle to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. A yellow ring and red star shape (also good for chomping on) dangle from the easy to grasp green spine. A good lap toy to share with baby. Also fun, The Tiny Seed Soft Book, another fabric book by the same company.

SNAP: Durable enough for beginning page turning by independent wanna-be readers. Fabric books like this not only develop language they allow kids to discover the mechanics of how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Use the charming illustrations to talk about the colors and names of the foods pictured.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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