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Age: Toddlers

 

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

Another in Lucy Cousinís 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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Color for Baby
(By Yana Peel, Candlewick $21.99 Score:)

Four board books come boxed as an art show for babies. They feature more than forty famous works by contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and others. Each little accordion paged book features a single color, as well. These are fun to share and talk about. There are no words on the page--they will come from what you and your lap sitter have to say about what you see. Sure to appeal to art lovers, this may be more for adults than babies, that said, art lovers will bring their own stories to these pages and that is what lap babies need. 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
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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