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2014 Award
Pretty in Paper
(American GIrl $24.99 Score:)

A fun way to start summer vacation! Girls who like crafts will dive right into this 64-page book with how-to recipes for trying our dozens of new craft ideas for decorating their rooms, gift packages, hair, and scrapbooks--to mention just a few. The book comes with a bundle of quilling strips and a quilling tool, large paper sheets with patterns and, a pad of scrapbook paper. The directions are clear and beautifully illustrated in full color. Reading, following details, trying new skills make this a book that develops know how with creativity. 8 & up.

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

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Hide and Seek Harry Around the House
(by Kenny Harrison, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

Toddlers are going to feel so wise when they find Harry the hippo who tries to hide on every page of this charming board book. Of course they are smarter than silly Harry who is much too big to hide in the house. That is the joke and kids like such obvious humor. Also fun, Hide and Seek Harry At the Beach.

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

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2014 Award
My New Friend is So Fun!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Did you ever feel like your best friend was finding a new best friend? What child has not experienced the angst of such a drama. With humor and grace, Mo Willems drums up a drama over just such an ordeal shared by Gerald and Snake, when their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat have a play date. Though life is not always so picture book perfect, this little story about jealousy and friendship speaks to some big ideas kids will relate to. 5 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
(by Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)


Once again, Jane Cabrera takes a familiar folk song that most kids already know and turns them into a new version with pictures to match. This one is no exception. Here the rowers run into a mix of animals large and small. We like the idea of books to sing, though we prefer some of Cabrera’s earlier works. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Summer Beach Day
(By Liesbet Siegers, Clavis $5.99 Score:)

A toddler board book all about the typical things found and used at the beach. This is a step beyond the simple knowing and naming books with single images and a single word on every page. It is more like what you would say in looking at such a book, only it's spelled out for the reader. A companion book, Spring Joy does the same with the previous season. 1 & up.

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

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2014 Award
A Baby Elephant in the Wild
(by Caitin O’Connell/photos by Caitin O’Connel and , Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

Having just returned from Africa it is small wonder that I found this handsome book so fascinating. Told is a straightforward manner the author manages to convey a great deal of information in a lively fashion about the life of a baby elephant. Photographs add much to the telling. An excellent non-fiction book for 6 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Very Little Red Riding Hood
(Teresa Heapy/ Sue Heap, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

A totally new take on Little Red that will tickle you pink! As always, Little Red is off to her Granny's with cake. On the way she meets the well-known wolf, but she insists he's a fox. From there it just gets sillier and sillier. If you like fractured fairy tales, this one will not disappoint, although you may miss the fun of the usual repetition of 'what big eyes you have...and what big teeth you have,' etc. This is far more appropriate for the very little Red Riding Hood listeners. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Whose Hat is That?
(By Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis $16.99 Score:)

A hat flies in the wind and lands on various animals that all claim to be the owner of the hat. This is a repetitive refrain book that children of a certain age love, since it is so predictable. It is also a knowing and naming book that presents less than fully realistic images of familiar animals. With some prompting, older toddlers will soon recognize these variations. Of course. in the end the hat is returned to the rightful owner and all is well in the world. 2 & up.

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

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2014 Award
A New Home for Kai-Mook
(By Guido Van Genechten, Clavis $16.99 Score:)

It's that time of the year when families are moving to new houses and apartments. For young children such events can seem more than a little unsettling. Kai-Mook, a small elephant with a similar problem discovers that new can be better. Using an animal instead of a human child makes the story once removed from the child's own reality, but delivers a dollop of hope that just might be helpful. 4-7

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2014 Award
Have You Seen My Dragon?
(by Steve Light, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

With wonderfully busy black and white drawings, Dragon leads his friend on a merry chase. Uptown, downtown, crosstown, too, the boy searches everywhere for his dragon and finds everything from hotdogs to bikes, but not his dragon, although the reader will see dragon hidden with each page turn. A counting book that goes all the way up to 20 with splashes of color and action-packed images to pour over. Beginning readers will catch on to the repetitive refrain and counting the familiar things. 5-7

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

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