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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
What's In There?
(Robie H. Harris/ illus. Nadine Bernard Westcott, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Newest in her collection of books that answer questions kids have when a new baby is expected. Once again, the story features a multi-racial couple. Westcott's illustrations show the baby in utero as it is growing while the text answers the children's questions.

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

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2013 Awards
jacob's eye patch
(Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw/ illus. by Jules F, Simon & Schuster $17 Score:)

Jacob is impatient to get to the store. Today is the big day. He's getting the light up globe he's been longing for, only at every turn there seem to be people delaying Jacob and his mom. Mostly the delays are about the patch he wears on his good eye to make his weak eye stronger. Jacob has no time for this today. With humor and not a whole lot of medical info, this lively book says a lot to kids with similar conditions and to kids who are curious about them. The afterward written by nine-year old Jacob and his mom add another dimension. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer, this is a book for kids on both sides of a patch.

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

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2013 Awards
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
(by Kimberly and James Dean, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Pete puts on a pair of magic sun-glasses that turn his gloom into sunshine. If only cheering up could be that simple, right? Without apology, this is one of those contrived message books that are as simplistic as most TV sitcoms, but that said, it has a repetitive story line that makes it a good choice for beginning readers. As an added value kids can go to the harpercollins.com website and see animated video versions of this and other Pete the Cat stories online. 4-8

Check out the HarperCollins online free audio/video, a good way to encourage kids to follow along and develop a variety of reading skills and pace.

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

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2013 Award
Animal Opposites, a Pop-up Book
(by Petr Horacek, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

With flaps to lift and animals that pop-up, this is a visually lively way to introduce or reinforce concepts of opposites, although some examples are less concrete than others and children may have other words to describe opposites. A book of few words that stretches knowing and naming skills with a meerkat, sloth, cheetah, and words that describe their sounds, actions, size, or appearance. The paper engineering is dynamic! 3-6

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

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2013 Award
A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide
(by Emily Laber-Warren, Downtown Bookworks $9.99 Score:)

One of an excellent series of child-friendly field guides. Take this along to help identify treasures found in the woods. Clear photos are there to make it easier to name and know the trees, birds, plants and other sightings along the way. Science writer, Emily Laber-Warren, keeps the information pithy but interesting to budding naturalists. The book is available alone or in a compartmentalized box that provides a mesh bag and magnified bug container. Kids can use the sturdy box for displaying items found on your walks in the woods. Also in the series, A Walk on the Beach. 5 & up

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

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2013 Award
A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide
(by Laurie Goldman, Downtown Bookworks $9.99 Score:)

Tuck this into your beach bag for your next day at the shore. A reader friendly guide to the names of birds, shells, and other sights of the seashore. Illustrated with photos, clear labels and clear factoids about thee many things want to know about at the seashore. Also available in the series, A Walk in the Woods. 5 & up

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

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2013 Award
Little Ghost Party
(by Jacques Duquennoy, Abrams Books $16.95 Score:)

Want a treat that is not to eat for your favorite trick or treater? Look for this novelty book that involves more tilting than reading. On each of the pages there are several dance poses that readers are invited to replicate by tipping the book and jiggling the little chains to make their ghosts look like the ones pictured. There isn't a lot of reading here, but kids are going to have to notice the directionality and build their own patience as they try to copy the dance poses. Put it on the coffee table as a calorie-free Halloween tradition.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2013. 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 Award
Shark-Tastic
(by Lori Stein, Downtown Bookworks $11.99 Score:)

Part of a new series known as 'science with stuff', in this case, a few real honest-to-goodness (and capable of badness) shark teeth! A visually dynamic book with real life photos of all kinds of sharks. This is a book kids can dip into and read in short takes. There are sections about the sharks anatomy, their sizes, their teeth, and more than you ever imagined about these giants of the sea. 8 & up.

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

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