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Award: Blue Chip
Age: Early Elementary School Years

 

 
2013 Awards
Nina's Book of Little Things
(Keith Haring, Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Created for Nina Clemente for her 7th birthday, this is a welcome reissue of a book designed by the late artist, Keith Haring. Designed as more of an activity book that kids can draw, paste, tape or 'hammer' into, Haring invites children to collect and draw little things. Destined to become a time capsule of your child's view that will be a unique treasure. 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Grandfather's Journey
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Twenty years have passed since this moving classic was first published and won the Caldecott Award. Allen Say's stunning paintings capture a time past and tell the story of his grandfather's love for two countries and his longing to be in both. Though not all immigrants could or would return to the land they left behind, Say's story speaks to a deeper longing for the happy places and people we have loved, those places and people we keep in our hearts wherever we may be. Grandfather's Journey is set in both America and Japan, but it is a universal story of love and long—a multi-generational book about all of us. A new 30th anniversary edition is now available as a free audio download (read by the author) on the publisher's website.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Henny Penny
(retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $8.99 Score:)

A reissued treasure, this classic story retold and illustrated by one of the great picture book artists of the 20th century. Now in a new collection of Folk Tale Classics from Houghton Mifflin. Good fun to read aloud with all the rhyming names repeated again and again as Henny Penny and Cocky Locky and Ducky Lucky run off to spread the news that the sky is falling! Sounds a little like the news on TV, too. Spoiler Alert: In case you forgot—Foxy Loxy is the last of the cast. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Awards
The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection
(Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score:)

Chances are you grew up with these delightful storybooks by master storyteller and Caldecott winner artist, Paul Galdone. Packaged in a boxed set, this collection of four hard covered books is a bargain and includes these favorites: The Three Bears, Three Kittens, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Little Red Hen. Another boxed collection, the Heirloom Library includes. The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gingerbread Boy. The two sets combined give children the essential library of folktales every child should know. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Magic Tree House, Hour of the Olympics
(by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House $4.99 Score:)

No girls are allowed at the Olympics! That was the rule in ancient times and in this time travel book the rules apply....or do they. Another one of those suspenseful adventures for Jack and Annie. If your new to chapter book reader has not discovered this series, this is a good summer read that will give them a bit of history, a meeting with heroes and heroines of the Greek myths and perhaps a lively taste for time travel and more Magic Tree House mysteries.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
The Jungle Book
(by Rudyard Kipling/illus. by Nicola Bayley, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Stunning new art accompanies Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli and his upbringing among the wolves. It is from them that he learns the harsh laws of the jungle. This volume is one of a handsome collection of affordable classics for the family library. Also in the series, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Charlotte's Web
(by E.B. White/ illus. Garth Williams, HarperCollins $8.99 Score:)

A classic story about friendship, love, life, and death. Young Wilbur, the pig, is saved from certain death by Charlotte, a spider you'll never forget. Also, share Stuart Little, by the same author.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1998 Award
Have You Seen Bugs?
(by Joanne Oppenheim/illus Ron Broda, Scholastic Canada $14.99 Score:)

Publishers Weekly

Eye-popping artwork headlines this sensational picture book in praise of insects. Oppenheim's (Have You Seen Birds?) sprightly verse takes an up-close-and-personal view of bugs in all their splendid variety ("Bugs with stripes/ or speckles/ or spots,/ shiny like metal/ or covered in dots"). Meanwhile, Broda's exquisite painted paper sculptures, strategically placed against a series of watercolor backdrops, give the pages depth, texture and a brilliantly surreal flavor. Readers will be craning their necks for a "how did he do that?" look at the detail, from the intricate designs of a butterfly's wing to the gleaming metallic back of a beetle. Touching upon caterpillars and crickets, ladybugs and lacewing dragonflies, author and illustrator cover a lot of ground and, thanks to Oppenheim's hardworking verse as well as the careful art, they pack in a surprising amount of information. While this finely wrought book is particularly well suited to the learning style of younger readers, those at the upper end of the target group will no doubt be equally enthralled. Ages 5-8. 


Children's Literature

You will see bugs as you have never seen them before in this informational book on how bugs move, communicate, and even help people. Rhyming verse and full page color illustrations will catch the ear and eye while reading to oneself or others. Ron Broda's award winning three-dimensional paper sculptures of colorful bugs make this a unique and different addition for a library or a classroom collection of insect books. Additional bug information as well as identification of the bug illustrations by page number is provided at the end of the book.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An alliterative, rhyming text is accompanied by dramatic, brilliantly colored, three-dimensional paper sculptures that were photographed to create the final images. This jubilant celebration of insects in a variety of habitats is reinforced informationally by a page-by-page listing of the insects depicted. While millipedes (diplopods) and spiders (arachnids) are not "bugs," most insects (class Insecta) are not "true bugs" either. All of the beasties shown are joint-legged arthropods. This is not a book for sophisticated report writers, but it's perfect for any youngster who has ever followed a flittering butterfly, pondered a spider spinning a web, or chased a twinkling firefly-and even more for those who dream of such joyous experiences. An eye-catching delight.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

available in English and French Trade-Education@scholastic.ca

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1998. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Strega Nona
(by Tomie dePaola, Putnam $7.99 Score:)

Strega Nona has become a classic storybook. In fact, Tomie dePaola has created many well-loved books about this kindly, grandmotherly witch. In this first story she leaves her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, to take care of her house. He has been warned not to touch Strega Nona's magic pasta pot, but he does not listen. Nor does the pot! Big Anthony knows how to get it to make pasta, but not how to stop it. Be sure to look for other Strega Nona tales. They are also available on DVD in many of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures series. See reviews under videos. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Absolutely Positively Alexander
(by Judith Viorst/illus. by Robin P. Glasser, Atheneum $20 Score:) Now in one volume, three well-loved stories about Alexander, including Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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