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Award: Blue Chip
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 

 
2013 Awards
Cathedral
(Houghton Mifflin $19.99 Score:)

Though fond memories of the original black and white illustrations linger, David Macaulay's revised text with full color illustrations will have a new life with another generation of readers. Reborn with felt-tip markers and colored pencils, Macaulay's work remains a visual feast that shows readers how builders of the 12th, 13th and 14th century created such timeless triumphs of beauty. Cathedral, originally published in 1973 won the Caldecott Honor, NY Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and ALA Notable Book awards. If you have the originals, they are treasures to keep. For new history and architecture buffs, this and his revised Castle are special gifts for 10 and up.

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

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2013 Awards
Castle
(By David Macaulay, Houghton Mifflin $19.99 Score:)

Though fond memories of the original black and white illustrations linger, David Macaulay's revised text with full color illustrations will have a new life with another generation of readers. Reborn with digital drawings drawn with felt-tip markers and colored pencils, Macaulay's work remains a visual feast. Castle, originally published in 1977 brings us once again to Lord Kevin's fictional castle and retraces its planning and construction. If you are lucky enough to have the originals, they are treasures to keep.  For new history and architecture buffs, this and his revised Cathedral are special gifts for 10 and up.

 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Awards
Magic Tree House, Hour of the Olympics
(by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House $4.99 Score:)

No girls are allowed at the Olympics! That was the rule in ancient times and in this time travel book the rules apply....or do they. Another one of those suspenseful adventures for Jack and Annie. If your new to chapter book reader has not discovered this series, this is a good summer read that will give them a bit of history, a meeting with heroes and heroines of the Greek myths and perhaps a lively taste for time travel and more Magic Tree House mysteries.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
(by Brian Selznick, Scholastic $14.99 Score:)

Set in a Paris Train station in the 1930's, this is an award-winning fantasy about a boy who is orphaned and then abandoned by an uncle who leaves the boy to repair the clocks in the railway station. The boy manages to find food enough to live and spends his time repairing a broken automaton, that his father had found and tried to repair with the help of a girl named Isabelle, who has been raised by Georges Méliès, a creator of early films and special effects, including the automaton that he is trying to repair. As Selznick describes the book, “.. this is not exactly a novel, and it's not quite a picture book, and it's not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things." Also available as an audio ($19.95)10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers
(by Mary Norton, Houghton Mifflin $34.99 Score:)

What could be better that one great book? How about a set of five paperbacks packaged in a box that will take young readers on all the adventures shares by the Borrowers? If you didn't read them when you were growing up, make this set your ticket and read them aloud after dinner -- a chapter a night. From the original book featuring the little Borrowers to their journeys Aloft, Afloat, Afield and Avenged. This is a gift for the family to enjoy on the long winter nights ahead. Marked for 9-12, but younger kids of 7 and 8 will enjoy hearing these stories read aloud and then rereading them later when they can better handle longer chapter books.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
The Jungle Book
(by Rudyard Kipling/illus. by Nicola Bayley, Candlewick $12.99 Score:)

Stunning new art accompanies Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli and his upbringing among the wolves. It is from them that he learns the harsh laws of the jungle. This volume is one of a handsome collection of affordable classics for the family library. Also in the series, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Charlotte's Web
(by E.B. White/ illus. Garth Williams, HarperCollins $8.99 Score:)

A classic story about friendship, love, life, and death. Young Wilbur, the pig, is saved from certain death by Charlotte, a spider you'll never forget. Also, share Stuart Little, by the same author.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Awards
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
(Viking $13.95 Score:) At last, we are privy to what really happened when a fellow by the name of A. Wolf, a poor wolf wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from a certain pig. A great way to help kids begin to think about how point of view can change a story. 5-8.

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

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1995 Awards
Molly's Pilgrim
(by Barbara Cohen/illus. by Michael Deraney, Lothrop $3.99 Score:) A young Russian Jewish immigrant is taunted by her classmates because of her clothes and accent. She brings in an unusual pilgrim doll for her 3rd grade Thanksgiving project. A modern-day story brings rich meaning to the religious freedom we celebrate. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1997 Awards
Amber Brown Series
(by Paula Danziger, Putnam $12.95 Score:) In You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown the lively fourth grader, Amber goes off to London to visit her divorced dad and comes down with an itchy case of the chicken pox. This is just one of a wonderful series of chapter books that is about many issues other than divorce, yet Amber's caring parents and the new family arrangements are never far from the center. You don't have to be a child of divorce to enjoy this series but for kids who are this will have special meaning. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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