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2014 Award
Wimmer Ferguson See and Say Book
(Manhattan Toy $10 Score:)

Bold high contrast outlines will attract the attention of lapsitting babies. Each of the images also has some bright splashes of color. They call this see and say, but this is a book you will use long before baby has much to say and the images are somewhat more abstract than we would have preferred. That said, this is a sturdy board book for talking with baby. There is no story except for the one you will make up as you turn the pages. This is a prop for interacting, socializing, and introducing little ones to the pleasures of reading together.

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

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2014 Award
Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?
(By Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

With humor and straightforward answers to some silly questions, this little book will answer questions children have about why they may need eyeglasses. Of the several titles in this series, this one is the most informative.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Eye on the Wild, Tiger
(by Suzi Eszterhas, Frances Lincoln Books $15.99 Score:)

With handsome photographs in full color, Tiger follows a family of cubs and their mother from first wobbly stage to ready to leave home full-grown tigers. Without overwhelming young listeners or readers with information, this book and a companion book, Elephant capture the everyday events in the lives of young tigers and elephants.

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

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

Another in Lucy Cousin’s 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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2014 Award
A Library Book for Bear
(By Bonny Becker/ illus by Kady MacDonald Denton, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Just when you thought you did not need another book about bears or another one about going to the library, along comes an absolute gem with perfect picture book pace and pitch. Bear regrets that he agreed to go to the library with his friend Mouse. Of course, bear goes but takes his negative views along. With few words and illustrations that deliver more than words alone could ever do, this is an endearing story about a bear who knows what he wants and gets it, too. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Leo Loves Baby Time
(By Anna McQuinn/ ilus Ruth Hearson, Charlesbridge $8.99 Score:)

Leo goes to a baby group and enjoys being with others as they play peek-a-boo, songs and other baby games with their moms and caregivers. The art features a multicultural crowd and the book itself is made of sturdy cardboard stock that will not rip easily in little hands. A good lap book for the very young. 6 months and up.

Age: Infants. 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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Little Lola
(By Julie Saab and David Gothard, Greenwillow $16.99 Score:)

Little Lola is a lively fun loving cat who not only has a to do list—she loves all her to-doing, including going to school. Unlike so many starting to school books that are full of angst and fear of separation, Lola pounces right into the excitement and loves every moment of it. Even when her enthusiasm goes too far. 4-7

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

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2014 Award
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
(By Chris VanAllsburg, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Sweetie Pie has seen all the other hampsters leave the pet store, while being left behind for wiggling and scratching. When at last he is taken he is thrilled but soon replaced in the affections of a girl who falls in love with her computer. So, begins Sweetie Pie's journey of new owners but always on a temporary basis. As he goes from pillar to post Sweetie Pie ends up in a classroom where once again he is abandoned – but this turns out to be the magic key that leads him to his dream of freedom.

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

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2014 Award
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
(by Kathryn Gibbs Davis/ illus G. Ford, Houghton Mifflin $17.99 Score:)

Before the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the world was still in awe of the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the previous World’s Fair in 1889 in Paris. A young engineer had an idea that most thought was forgettable. But George Ferris believed in his idea and in spite of all the doubters and roadblocks he encountered, he managed to build a contraption that is still spinning today in cities all over the world. For young history buffs, Mr. Ferris and his Wheel is a memorable story-especially in this season when kids are likely to take a spin on ferris wheels at state fairs and elsewhere. Handsome illustrations capture time and place with watercolors and playful cartoon bubbles that carry the story along. They say 4-8, we’d say a better choice for 6-9.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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