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2014 Award
Chu's Day
(By Neil Gaiman/illus. Adam Rex, HarperCollins $7.99 Score:)

Great for hamming it up with exaggerated sneezes or near-sneezes as you read this silly story about Chu, a little panda with a mighty big sneeze. Originally published in hardcover, the book is now in a sturdy board book, the kind of format usually done for infants and toddlers. This is a story for older preschoolers who will get the humor of the finale. You have to know the difference between real and make believe to get the joke. Save this for 4-8.

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

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2014 Awards
Animal Teachers
(By Janet Halfmann/ illus Katy Hudsom, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)

How do animals learn? They don't go to school or have books. In a charming and informative book, they learn from their teachers, their mothers, fathers and sometimes the herd they live with in the great outdoor classroom of the world. Each new idea is followed with interactive questions that give children a chance to make the connections between their world and how they learn.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Zoe’s Jungle
(By Bethanie Deeney Muruia, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Playing a pretend game in the park, Zoe has just five minutes before she has to go home. For the child listener and page turner there is the lively imagined world of Zoe's chase, punctuated with related but realistic reminders that time for play is almost up. A lively romp with delightful action packed illustrations. 4 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
I Feel Five
(By Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Candlewick $16.95 Score:)

Fritz has been looking forward to turning five, yet when the big day arrives he doesn't feel all that different. Of course, since this is a picturebook there is that moment tucked in at the end to make the story complete, yet, perhaps the bigger story is how many children will relate to the real moments of truth, when nothing feels all that different. It's a good story for talking about the typical impatient feelings kids have and their need for tangible proof that they are growing up in so many ways that can't always be measured in inches or candles on the cake.

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

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2014 Award
Wimmer Ferguson See and Say Book
(Manhattan Toy $10 Score:)

Bold high contrast outlines will attract the attention of lapsitting babies. Each of the images also has some bright splashes of color. They call this see and say, but this is a book you will use long before baby has much to say and the images are somewhat more abstract than we would have preferred. That said, this is a sturdy board book for talking with baby. There is no story except for the one you will make up as you turn the pages. This is a prop for interacting, socializing, and introducing little ones to the pleasures of reading together.

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

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2014 Award
Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?
(By Harriet Ziefert/ illus Emily Bolam, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

With humor and straightforward answers to some silly questions, this little book will answer questions children have about why they may need eyeglasses. Of the several titles in this series, this one is the most informative.

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

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2014 Award
Eye on the Wild, Tiger
(by Suzi Eszterhas, Frances Lincoln Books $15.99 Score:)

With handsome photographs in full color, Tiger follows a family of cubs and their mother from first wobbly stage to ready to leave home full-grown tigers. Without overwhelming young listeners or readers with information, this book and a companion book, Elephant capture the everyday events in the lives of young tigers and elephants.

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

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2014 Awards
Maisy's World of Animals
(Lucy COusins, Candlewick $14.99 Score:)

Another in Lucy Cousin’s First Science series. This time out she takes toddlers on a tour of the habitats of animals all over the world. From the far northern Arctic to the mountains, deserts, savannah, ocean, jungle, and all the way to the Antarctic, there are tabs to pull and flaps to lift. With limited text, but lots of colorful images, this is a fun way to introduce some big concepts to beginners. There is lots to talk about on every spread.

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

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2014 Award
A Library Book for Bear
(By Bonny Becker/ illus by Kady MacDonald Denton, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Just when you thought you did not need another book about bears or another one about going to the library, along comes an absolute gem with perfect picture book pace and pitch. Bear regrets that he agreed to go to the library with his friend Mouse. Of course, bear goes but takes his negative views along. With few words and illustrations that deliver more than words alone could ever do, this is an endearing story about a bear who knows what he wants and gets it, too. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Leo Loves Baby Time
(By Anna McQuinn/ ilus Ruth Hearson, Charlesbridge $8.99 Score:)

Leo goes to a baby group and enjoys being with others as they play peek-a-boo, songs and other baby games with their moms and caregivers. The art features a multicultural crowd and the book itself is made of sturdy cardboard stock that will not rip easily in little hands. A good lap book for the very young. 6 months and up.

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

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