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Award: Blue Chip
Age: Toddlers

 

 
2010 Award
Sheep in a Jeep
(by Nancy Shaw/ illus. Margot Apple, Houghton Mifflin $6.99 Score:)

Welcome back! These zany Sheep in a Jeep have been among the missing for a few seasons. Originally released in 1986, some of todayís parents may have enjoyed this when they were little lap-sitters. Itís a great read aloud for toddlers with its bouncy rhythm and rhyme. Published on sturdy stock this is a board book that you will be reading aloud again and again. There are other books in the series, but this is the best of the lot. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Baby Love
(by Helen Oxenbury, Little Simon $7.99 Score:)

Four perfect little rhymes with a cast of adorable multicultural babies are seen tickling, romping, clapping and napping in this set of charming board books. These books were all originally published separately in larger formats many years ago. But these mini size books fit little hands even better and nothing is lost in the shrinking size. The four books, Clap Hands, All Fall Down, Tickle, Tickle and Say Goodnight are classics that just got better. They come in a ribbon trimmed red slipcase that ties up to make a perfect baby shower gift or when visiting a new baby.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Where Is Baby's Belly Button
(by Karen Katz, Little Simon $9.99 Score:)

Karen Katz's award-winning classic is re-issued in an oversized 10th anniversary edition and it's even better than the original. The lift-the-flaps book has a cast of multicultural babies doing what babies do. One hides under a hat until you lift the hat flap and see baby's eyes. Another's mouth is covered till you pull the cup flap. Baby lifts her shirt and there it is--her belly button. This sturdy picture book is printed on sturdy cardboard and will withstand encore readings. It's also short and a lot like games you play to help baby learn the names of body parts. Karen Katz's use of vibrant colors and happy looking babies will make this a favorite book you will need to read again and again! 9 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Hug
(by Jez Alborough, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

A little chimp travels through the jungle in search of a hug. While he finds many other animals hugging, it's not until he finds his mommy that our little chimp is content. Told with few words and charming illustrations, this story is sure to lead to some hug time of your own. Now available in a sturdy boardbook that will get lots of lugging that leads to hugging!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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Awards
On Mother's Lap
(by Ann H. Scott/illus. by Glo Coalson, Clarion $4.95 Score:) A small Eskimo boy is enjoying some snuggle time on mother's lap when the new baby cries for attention. Mother helps him discover that there's room for both of them. A classic reissued in boardbook. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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1995 Awards
Going to the Potty
(by Fred Rogers/photos by Jim Judkis, Putnam $5.95 Score:) In his usual reassuring way, Mr. Rogers talks with children about using the potty. This photo essay reinforces the idea that using a potty is another step toward growing up. Also excellent: Your New Potty, by J. Cole, Morrow. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1995.

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Koko Bear's New Potty
(by Vicki Lansky, Bantam $3.95 Score:) Koko is a little bear who is learning how to become more independent by using the potty. Lansky's tips for parents on their role are included. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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1994 Awards
Goodnight Moon
(by M. W. Brown/illus. C. Hurd, HarperCollins $6.95 Score:) Happy news! This bedtime classic is available in a sturdy boardbook that toddlers can enjoy without ripping. The simplicity of the rhyme and the small details of the illustrations have lulled tots to sleep for several generations.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Jamberry
(by Bruce Degen, HarperCollins $5.95 Score:) A totally delicious nonsense rhyme about every kind of berry in the world. The playful lilting rhyme and rhythm will be enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers as well. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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1994 Awards
Where's Spot?
(by Eric Hill, Putnam $11.95 Score:)

Spot the pup is missing! Where can he be? Lift the flaps and see! This is the original title in the granddaddy series of lift the flap books. There are dozens of variations with Spot searching for friends, hats, books, you-name-it. They work best when the objects are familiar and easy for young children to identify.  Not much story in these little books, but the suspense is toddler-sized. These are well done small mysteries with just the right size and suspense for young page turners.  Be prepared: Little hands may not be able to lift without a rip. The boardbook versions may be a sturdier choice, but some are hard for little fingers,too. Read befroe you buy. This is a well loved but uneven series-some are much better than others. 


Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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