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Age: Toddlers
Review Year: 2013

 

 
2013 Awards
BlaBla Pom the Apple Dolls
(blabla kids $44 & up Score:)

Newest of the BlaBla huggables, 12-inch Pom the Apple comes wrapped up in a scarf, big sweater, and leggings for chilly days ahead. Or for a bigger 18-inch version ($55) choose her look-alike big sister. If you prefer green apples, check out their Apple the Apple doll. Totally safe with no hidden snags, this is one of a charming collection of knit dolls that are washable. All ages

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Blabla Mini London Dog
(blabla kids $44 Score:)

We like this black and white pooch with high contrast eye appeal for babies. This will be more of a gazing toy for little ones at the start. Part of the BlaBla collection of handmade toys that are washable and have no hidden chocking hazards. All ages.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Colors
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

All too often, books designed to introduce color concepts, are illustrated with wishy-washy colors or too many colors on a page. As always, Lucy Cousins keeps it clear and simple in this small book that shows a bold color on one page and examples of that color to find on the facing page. Maisy sticks to red, orange, green and blue with the familiar cast of Maisy's friends. A good choice for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Maisy's First Numbers
(Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $6.99 Score:)

As always, Maisy keeps it simple and this small counting book is a good example. Maisy sticks to counting from one to five with the numeral on one page and the objects on the facing page. Written in rhyme, this is a good read-aloud for little lap sitters. Done in sturdy board stock that toddlers can explore without ripping.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?
(by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson/ illus. by L, Amazon $16.99 Score:)

No reluctance about going to school in this bouncy picture book. Kitty Cat's day is full of fun and the daily events of early school days. Told in bouncy verse that is reminiscent of that old rhyme, "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs..." 2 & up.

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

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2013 Awards
The Tiny Seed Soft Book
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $9.99 Score:)

As fabric books go, this is one of the sweetest. The illustrations look like Eric Carle paintings and each page has something interesting to touch and explore. The sun has ribbon rays and a little worm is hiding under a flip-down mound of green. The silky fabric pages have crinkle sound built-in and the front cover has a chewy corner with textures for teething babies. A good laptime book with sensory learning to share with baby. A nice shower gift or going-for-a-visit goodie to bring along for baby.


SNAP: Fabric books like this one can survive tasting as well as early page turning. They are useful in helping kids learn how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Single objects on the page develop knowing and naming. You can expand on what is on the page by talking about the color, shape and looking for other objects in your home that are the same color. The sensory feedback on each page makes this a book children can enjoy alone as well as with you.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Kids Preferred, Fun Foods Teether Soft Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(Eric Carle, Kids Preferred $15.44 Score:)

Familiar images of the Very Hungry Caterpillar decorate the pages of this fabric book that features familiar foods on each page to know and name. Designed for sensory learning this sturdy book has a plastic teether on the corner of the cover and one of the pages includes a lift up circle to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. A yellow ring and red star shape (also good for chomping on) dangle from the easy to grasp green spine. A good lap toy to share with baby. Also fun, The Tiny Seed Soft Book, another fabric book by the same company.

SNAP: Durable enough for beginning page turning by independent wanna-be readers. Fabric books like this not only develop language they allow kids to discover the mechanics of how a book works from front to back and from left to right. Use the charming illustrations to talk about the colors and names of the foods pictured.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Pip and Posy The Snowy Day
(Axel Scheffler, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Pip and Posy enjoy all the typical fun of a snowy day until they have a snow throwing quarrel over making a snow mouse or snow rabbit. A small story about friends who learn how to make up. A bit didactic, but may be a helpful way of talking about a typical preschool problem ( or should we say, a life problem, that is seldom solved so easily.) Maybe we will send our review copy on to Congress.

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

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2013 Awards
Baby and Me
(by Emma Dodd, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

With tabs to pull and textures to touch and feel, this is a sturdy book for new big sisters who like to play at being Mommy. Baby and Me would make a good big sister gift, along with a new baby doll to care for and love. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Kids Preferred The World of Eric Carle Discovery Cube Toy
(Kids Preferred $17 Score:)

 A new and inviting look to a classic toy. This soft fabric cube comes with easy to grasp handles. The cube itself is under-stuffed, making it easier for baby to hold and explore. It has tons of sensory feedback for baby to explore. There are crinkle and rattle sounds, a variety of appliqué textures and moving peek-a-boo flaps for little fingers to lift, plastic rings with bumpy textures to grab and taste, black and white knotties, and the bold animal graphics on each side. A good choice for building knowing and naming language when you talk about the animals and the sounds they make, as well as the featured colors on each side of the cube. A charming toy for introducing the joyful patterns and delicious palette of artist Eric Carle.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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