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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Easy To Read

 


2012 Award
Let's Go for a Drive!
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $8.99 Score:)

Piggie and Elephant Gerald are planning to go for a drive. Of course, first they have to gather all the essentials for their trip--a map, sunglasses, an umbrella, bags...but wait. What about a car? Does Piggie have a car? Does Elephant? Gosh, what now? Leave it to this imaginative pair to find a satisfying solution. Written for the beginning reader, this has tons of repetition that will give 1st graders the pleasure of being enabled to read the whole thing with a little help. Level 1

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

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2012 Awards
Mice on Ice
(by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, Holiday House $14.95 Score:)

Though the shape is larger than the usual easy-to-read series book, this true beginner's book uses very few words and colorful illustrations that will appeal to new readers. Fun for working on rhyming, as well. Level 1

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

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2012 Award
Camping: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure
(by Keith Baker, Houghton Mifflin $12.95/4.99 Score:)

Beginning readers are apt to love this story as much as Mr. Green likes the cookies. Mrs. Green(an alligator) has left a note for her napping husband. He misreads the note by only seeing half of it and then decides to disregard the message. A light breezy read for beginners. Level 2.

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

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2012 Award
Purrfect Friends
(Adapted by Karen Barss, Houghton Mifflin $12.99 Score:)

Martha, the Talking dog, created by Susan Meddaugh, has a new life in a PBS cartoon series. This is one of several new books adapted from the show and unlike many cartoons, this one says a whole lot about a subject of prejudice. When a neighbor brings home a kitten from the shelter Martha and her buddy Skits reject her because she is different. Without hitting kids over the head this little tale does have a message and one that can't be delivered too soon or too often! We liked the Martha Bakes a Cake story, too but the bilingual text printed under the English text makes for a cluttered page, one that may be difficult for beginning readers to navigate. Too bad since the pace of the story and humor is right on the mark!

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

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2012 Award
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
(by Mo Willems, Hyperion $15.99 Score:)

In this latest of Pigeon saga, Duckling has asked and received a cookie from an unknown source. Enter Pigeon: jealous, angry, whining, complaining and generally carrying on a monologue about all of the injustices in his life. This will be a fun read aloud or a reasonably easy to read book. Worn down with Pigeon's woe-is-me tale, duckling can take no more, so he gives his cookie to Pigeon. One might have hoped Pigeon would do more than say thanks; perhaps offer to share it? As always, Mo Willems delivers.

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

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2012 Award
No!
(by Marta Altes, Childs Play $7.99 Score:)

You are going to love this mischievous doggy called "No!" At least that is what he says his name is. In fact that is what someone is constantly shouting at him. Kids are going to chime in on the repetition and enjoy the fun of calling out "NOOOO!" This is one of those books that beginning readers will be able to read independently before long! 4-8

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

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2012 Award
My Secret Scrapbook Diary: Jack and the Beanstalk
(by Kees Moerbeek, Childs Play $10.99 Score:)

Told by Jack himself, this amusing version of gives the classic tale an upbeat sense of humor. The art as well as breezy text is fresh and lively! With lift-up flaps and pop-up images, this is great good fun for kids who are beginning to read on their own. The handwritten text sometimes mixes lower and upper case letters and the beginnings of cursive letters as well as print. This may be a little challenging, but entertaining enough to satisfy reluctant readers. Since kids know the basic story they will like this new take on the familiar. Also see the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in the series.

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

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2011 Award
Betsy Ross
(by Becky White/ illus. Megan Lloyd, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

Here's an easy to read chapter of American history. It's the story of Betsy Ross told in very few words with a repetitive pattern that will help beginning readers in decoding this short by sweet tale of how the flag was made. When they are finished admiring the applique art illustrations they can try their hands at the task of making folding paper and making cut out stars. 

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

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2011 Award
Gus Gets Scared
(by Frank Remkiewicz, Scholastic $3.99 Score:)

Gus decides that he wants to camp out in the backyard for the night. In a series of one liners per page, the story unfolds as it grows darker and darker and Gus has a change of heart. Although the pictures will give clues and there are only short sentences, the words are not phonetically similar and therefore may be a bit harder for beginners to decode. There are 65 words that are basically going to be "sight" words with little repetition. So, this is not as easy as many level 1 books.

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

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2011 Award
I Will Not Read This Book
(by Cece Meng/ illus. by Joy Ang, Clarion $16.99 Score:)

Reluctant readers may very well see the humor and relate to the boy who tells a cumulative tale of refusal. With each turn of the page he repeats and adds to his list of things you might try to do to get him to read. Of course, the repetition is going to make rereading this a lot easier. It may even convince your reluctant reader that it can be fun! No guarantees.

 

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

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