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Product Type: Books
Award: Platinum
Review Year: 2010

 


2010 Award
Tuck Me In!
(by Dean Hachohen & Sherry Scharschmidt, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

It's time for bed and the question of the night is—who needs to be tucked in? As each animal on the left page says 'I do!' the reader turns a half page that turns out to be a blanket. Toddlers and preschoolers are going to love the novelty and repetition of this zippy book. All sorts of animals with feathers, hooves, stripes, horns, and other features are pictured waiting to be tucked in to be told "Good-night!" Bright illustrations and colorful blankies make this a delightful choice for any child you know from 18 months up.  We think even 4's would like having it read to them and beginning readers will love the repetition and figure out the animal’s name from the illustration.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Robert Crowther’s Amazing Pop-Up Big Machines
(by Robert Crowther, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

It is not an exaggeration to say that this is one amazing pop-up book. Each page has a working machine that becomes a play setting with moving parts. The text folds out and tells what the machine does. It's hard to say which of these is the mast awesome—the dump truck, bulldozer, tractor, forklift or tower crane. There are extra play pieces in pockets and even directions for making each machine work. They say 4 & up, but we’d say you will need to supervise the way this is handled to avoid tears over broken machines. This is a work of paper engineering art!

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

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2010 Award
If You're Happy and You Know It!
(by Jane Cabrera, Holiday House $7.99 Score:)

Jane Cabrera put her own special touch to this classic song that kids love to sing with plenty of actions. Cabrera added a cast of friendly little animals and their sounds or motions that blend with this wonderfully repetitive song. It's easy to learn, easy to play, and for older siblings, it may even be easy to read. This was on our list a few years ago, and we're glad to see it back in print in a cardboard version that will withstand all the singing and solo reading it will get.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
American Babies
(developed by Global Fund for Children, Charlesbridge $6.99 Score:)

A collection of full color photos of a multicultural cast of babies and toddlers. There is a small text but the beauty is in the images on every page. These are taken by many different photographers, every image is a gem. Babies and toddlers like looking at pictures of other children and there's a lot to talk about as you turn the pages, depending on the interest and age of your lapsitter. One time you could find the baby's mouth, eyes, nose, teeth, etc. Another time you can talk about the baby's clothes or expression or what she is eating or looking at. Done on sturdy cardboard stock, this is a book toddlers will enjoy solo after you have shared it a few times. You do need to set the scene by introducing the concepts.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
A Bedtime for Bear
(by Bonnie Becker/ illus. Kady MacDonald Denton, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Bear needs absolute quiet in order to go to sleep. He has a lot of other rituals that are a must. So, Bear must have been dreaming when he invited Mouse to visit overnight. When Mouse arrives with a suitcase Bear tries to be pleasant, but does not know how in the world he will get to sleep. In a series of hilarious scenes, Mouse tries to discover just how small a sound Bear can hear as Bear becomes more and more exasperated. It turns out that bear has such keen hearing he even hears sounds that are not there. A big time entertaining read aloud for bedtime--but don't overdo the theatrics or it might turn into a wake-up story instead. Wry illustrations add to the humor of an oversized scaredy-cat bear and a wee small fearless mouse. 5-7.

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

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2010 Award
The Sea of Sleep
(by Warren Hanson/ illus. Jim LaMarche, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Part lullaby, science and art. The author and artist have created a lyrical work that captures the quiet of the night, the magic of the sea, and the beauty of drifting off to sleep cradled in the arms of a loving parent. Done in tones of blue, this bedtime book has a repetitive refrain that children will enjoy chiming in on after they have heard the story a few times. Unlike so many flying to star bedtime fantasies, this trip into the sea gives young dreamers a sense of the natural world they live on the edge of and its beauty. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Dust Devil
(by Anne Isaacs/ illus. Paul O. Zelinsky, Schwartz &Wade/Random House $17.99 Score:)


Welcome back Swamp Angel! Or as Bad old Bart would say—Pee-yip! In this long overdue sequel to the award winning classic, Swamp Angel, the larger than life size heroine has moved to Montana, where there would be enough space for her gigantic self. But when great storms blow up in her new territory, Swamp Angel rides a cloud of dust and tames her own mighty steed, Dust Devil. Soon after that, the Angel and her dusty sidekick are faced with the villain, Backward Bart and his gang. These bad guys ride giant mosquitoes, since no self-respecting horses would carry such ornery Desperadoes. Bad old Bart only speaks backwards, so there is a hoot of good read-aloud fun in Anne Isaacs’ word play. This imaginative tall tale just gets funnier as the good guys triumph. In the process, the Grand Canyon and all those geysers and buttes are the work of - you guessed it - none other than our heroine. As for the bad guys—they just might show up again—or at least the gold fillings from their teeth were last sighted headed for California. Did somebody mention the Gold Rush? Let's hope we don't have to wait as long for the next amazing saga

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

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2010 Award
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat
(by Carlyn Beccia, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Kids of a certain age love being grossed out and this is one of the best of that genre because it isn't merely yucky, it is full of fascinating information about old and gross sounding cures that have been used through the ages. It is set up in a true false format asking readers to speculate on the effectiveness of rubbing moldy bread on your leg, putting mustard on your head or tying earthworms around your neck. The art is as gross out as the ideas of using mummy powder or a dead man’s skull or maggots to cure what ails you. A thought provoking book that combines science and history in a picturebook for older readers. 7 & up.

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
Piggy Pie Po
(by Audrey & Don Wood, Harcourt $16.99 Score:)

"Piggy Pi Po likes to dance when he wears his party pants"--when he wears his fins--he swims--and so it goes. Three little stories about a loveable Piggy told in rhyme. Don Wood's lively illustrations provide just the right momentum to match the humor of these bouncy rhymes. The first little story is about what Piggy wears depending on what he's doing and ends in the tub with Piggy wearing nothing but bubbles from head to toes. The second rhyme tells how smart Piggy is except for one little problem with his shoes that most kids will surely relate to. A third and final rhyme captures Piggy being his piggish self and what happens when he does that. This will be a fun read aloud that kids will soon chime in on as they anticipate the turn pages and use the cues of the rhymes. 2 ½ & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Pocketful of Posies, A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
(by Sally Mavor, Houghton Mifflin $21.99 Score:)

Just when you thought you had seen all the old nursery rhyme books ever, comes this gem of stitchery. Each classic rhyme has its own fresh image created with needle and threads and marvelous appliqués of three dimensional people and objects. This is a book you will enjoy looking at together and saying "Ooh, look at that!" Mavor has created mini-worlds in fabric that give new life to the familiar rhymes. In fact, her art is sure to interest slightly older children than the usual preschool set. It's a book you can use as a resource for poems you have forgotten and will want to recite to your toddler and preschooler. Beginning readers will enjoy the details on the page and being able to read some of the familiar rhymes they will have known such as Jack & Jill, Little Miss Muffet, and others while enjoying your reading some of the less familiar rhymes to them.

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

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