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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2009 Award
Termite Tales
(by Kathy Caple, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Newest in the Brand New Readers series, this is an amusing collection of stories about an unlikely pair, an Ostrich and a Termite. When Ostrich writes with a pencil, it’s Termite who sharpens it by eating the wood until there is no pencil left. What’s an Ostrich to do? Get a pen. This is the wry humor in each of four little tales that live up to the promise of making reading a success with the very first try. These little stories are repetitive and once they get the sight words down(the illustrations help) they are ready to read the whole book! These come in a single hardcover edition or in a set of four thin books. Look at the others in this series if you have a child who is just beginning to learn how to read!

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1994 Awards
Curious George
(by H. A. Rey, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score:) One of many satisfying tales about an adventuresome monkey and the man in the big yellow hat. You probably grew up with this storybook character and his love of independence. Many of the stories will be even more appropriate for early school age kids who identify with George and his hunger for independence and mischievous ways. 3-7

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1994.

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2002 Award
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
(by Doreen Cronin/ illus. by Betty Lewin, Simon & Schuster $15 Score:) Here's one funny way to show kids the power of reading and writing! When the cows find an old typewriter in the barn, they begin sending requests for more heat and other amenities in the barn. An amusing tale! 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2001 Award
Olivia Saves the Circus
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $16 Score:) Don't miss Olivia, which introduces the most self-possessed and divine swine of our time. Book #2 begins with the question, "What did Olivia do during school vacation?" Leave it to egocentric Olivia to come up with a tale that would curl a pig's tail! Olivia is the star of stars! It's a three-ring show with Olivia in every ring! Platinum Awards '01 & '02. 4 & up.You may want to add the Madame alexander Oliva Saves the Circus play set..see our toy list!

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

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2005 Award
The White Wolf
(by Ron Roy/ illus. by John S. Gurney, Random House $3.99 Score:) On the day that Dink, Ruth and Josh arrive in Maine they see a white wolf and her babies. But almost at once, the pups are pup-napped! Who has taken them? A good choice for readers 9-12. Student review: “I thought this was a good book. It is very easy to read. It is a story that all children can read. Nothing scary happens in the book. This book captured my attention because a crime is committed and I wanted to know who did it. I recommend this book.” review by Rachel Martel, 10

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2007 Award
A Particular Cow
(by Mem Fox/illus. by Terry Denton, Harcourt $16 Score:)

What happens on one particular day to one particular cow is enough to turn a not-too-particular day into a very eventful one. This is one of those yarns that just keeps growing sillier and sillier. 4–7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Oscar: The Big Adventure
(by Amy Schwartz and Leonard S. Marcus, HarperCollins $16.95 Score:) Move over, Curious George, Oscar may be little but he needs no Man with a Yellow Hat to save him from his journey out into the big world. When Susie goes off to school without a key she will need, Oscar, an independent little monkey, takes responsibility and no easy trip to reach Susie just in the nick of time. A fast-paced fantasy. 3–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Olivia Forms a Band
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $17.95 Score:) It’s the Fourth of July, and how can you have fireworks without a band? That is what Olivia wants to know. Fear not, the ever-resourceful Olivia has enough imagination to become a one-pig band! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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