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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 

 
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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2013 Award
Coral Reefs
(Seymour SImon, HarperCollins $17.99 Score:)

Newest in Seymour Simon's excellent collection of young science books. His clear prose and the full color photos give readers a close-up look at the colorful world that thrives just off tropical sunny shores. Simon never talks down to his readers, but helps them stretch as he opens new views of living things in the sea. Read it aloud to your 6-7 or bring it home for 8's and up to read on their own.

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

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2013 Award
Becoming Babe Ruth
(by Matt Tavares, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Although he is long gone, Babe Ruth's name lives on as a legend to all who know anything about baseball greats. Unlike so may baseball books that center on a singular event, in this child-sized biography the author manages to tell about Babe's early years when he got into so much trouble as a truant that his own father helped send him away to a reform school. Inside the walls of Saint Mary's George Ruth found a mentor and found himself. The story has a nice roundness as the Babe never forgets Brother Matthias, who teaches him the game and the school that nurtured him. As always, Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the time and place and even the Babe's memorable face. A keeper! 7 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
(by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

In this tenth epic, how will George and Harold be saved from roaming forever as evil zombie nerds? Will Captain Underpants save them? My nine-year old neighbor and his buddies are thrilled that the beat goes on. For reluctant readers this is a sure fire series that can turn the tide.

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

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2013 Award
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
(by Jan Pinborough/ illus. Debby Atwell, HMH $16.99 Score:)

Though it's hard to believe, there was a time when there were no children's rooms in public libraries; in fact, children were not welcome inside. But, Anne Carroll Moore, a spunky young woman who loved books thought otherwise. This wonderful biography for young listeners combines history with good storytelling that children can relate to and enjoy. 6-9

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

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2013 Award
Safari, A Photicular Book
(Created by Dan Kainen/ written by Carol Kaufmann, Workman $24.95 Score:)

A new form of technology gives readers an innovative new way of seeing. With accompanying text for each of the eight featured creatures, this is first and foremost an eyecatching book with motion! Sure you can see a gorilla chew on film, but the gorilla inside this book seems to come alove as you lift the flaps and set the little video in motion. There is an opening that sets the scene of a safari in Kenya. Each of the animals come alive as the sections are turned. Wait till you seethe cheetah dashing, the lion racing, the rhino charging, the elephant flap its big ears and others. All ages.

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

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2012 Award
2013 Almanac for Kids
(Scholastic $13.99 Score:)

Everyone in the family will enjoy dipping into this compendium of interesting facts about the tallest, deepest, most, least and other such trivia. As always the colorful pages of this annual are crammed full of stats and facts that will inform and entertain. 8 & up.


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

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2012 Award
The Land of Neverbelieve
(by Norman Messenger, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

Take off on a journey to an island that is totally fantastical. But you must be quick, as the island of Neverbelieve can rise up and walk away. Illustrated in soft watercolors, Messenger gives the reader a tour of his imagined island with crowded pages of strange trees, houses, creatures, and people (with cloven feet) that inhabit this unbelievable place. Many pages have gates that open to reveal still more sightings and short exclamations. Trees formed of ropes, bricks, chocolate, to name but a few, are sure to inspire creative kids to draw their own Neverbelieve worlds. A fun journey to share--with so much to see. Kids are sure to return to this one again and again. 7 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Body Actions
(by Shelley Rotner/ David A White, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A look inside the human body with photographs overlaid with diagrams of the body's main systems. A simple clear text accompanies each of the photos and give young readers a beginning understanding of how the main body organs work to make us move, breathe, digest, and think. A lot of big concepts told in language that does not overwhelm.

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

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2012 Award
Nic Bishop Snakes
(Nic Bishop, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

As one who is ophidiphobic, it is a tribute to Nic Bishop that I went beyond the covers of his latest.  Bishop serves up magnificent photographs and as always, a fact filled text that is fascinating. He shows us snakes as small as a shoelace to one that is big enough to swallow a dog. Sure to make a hit with snake-lovers and kids who like their books to be a little edgy. 8 & up

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

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