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2014 Award
Build,Dogs, Build
(by James Horvath, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:)


For city kids watching a building going up is often a favorite thing to do. Of course, as the work progresses the equipment changes and so does the view. For those who like to stay a little longer and watch, this little book, told in thyme, allows them to see more of the details as work progresses. Cast with cartoonish pooches as builders, this gives kids a close up look at a building going up. 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Tissue Paper Crafts
(by April Chorba , Klutz $19.99 Score:)

An inviting paperback how-to book that comes with 100 sheets of colorful tissue paper, stencils, string, wire, beads, and glue for making an amazing variety of tissue paper flowers and garlands. This is not a book for beginners. It calls for following directions, patience and dexterity. That said, it may be a welcome introduction to a craft that older kids will enjoy along with adults. 9 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Jennie Maizels Pop-up New York
(Jennie Maizels/paper engineering Richard Ferguson , Candlewick $19.99 Score:)

Take a tour of the Big Apple with this incredible pop-up book that visits all the usual highlights of a New York City visitor's itinerary. Visit the Times square, The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, new World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and so many other sites. Done by geographic areas, the book offers interesting facts along with the excitement of famous landmarks popping off the page. A wonderful gift for those who have visited or plan to visit and even those who call NYC their home sweet home! 5-9

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

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2014 Award
Giant Vehicles
(by Rod Green/ illus by Stephen Biesty, Candlewick $15.99 Score:)

Look inside some of the gigantic vehicles of the world, from double decker Airbus to the biggest dump truck, helicopter and submarine ever built. This is no picture book for beginners. Much of the detailed text is done as labels in bite sized pieces of information. So kids can choose to read them all or skim and return to read another time. They can lift the flaps to get a close up views of what is under the "hood" so to speak. This is marked 5-9, but could be enjoyed by older kids who are interested in mechanical details that go well beyond 5 year olds.

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

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2014 Award
The Mayflower
(Holiday House $16.98 Score:)

In unadorned and simple words, Mark Greenwood tells the story of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom. The folk art style illustrations fit the telling of a tale that many school no longer cover in their history lessons. Unlike older books on the subject, this does not glorify their arrival, yet it does place them in the history of the "new" world and even gives a nod to the first Thanksgiving and the Native Americans who helped them. 5-8

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

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2014 Award
Body Bones
(by Shelley Rotner and David A. White, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Using photos of people and animals, overlaid with images of bones, Body Bones manages to give young readers a lot of clear and interesting information about what holds them up. Without overwhelming them with more than they want to know, the book covers basic facts about the bones of humans from infancy to teens and then moves on to explain the differences in the skeletal structure of other living creatures from mammals to amphibians, to birds and even insects. 5-9

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

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2014 Award
My Bibi Always Remembers
(by Toni Buzzeo/ illus Mike Wohnoutka , Hyperion $16.99 Score:)

Lovely oversized illustrations capture the life of an elephant herd in Africa's parched savannah and the role Bibi the Grandmother and other female elephants play in protecting their young. Playful little Tembo likes playing tag, chewing the juicy leaves of trees, chasing a stork and other diversions. Whenever Tembo gets separated she squeals and her mama or aunties hear her as well as the rumble of grandmother Bibi, the matriarch who always remembers the way to water and safety. 4-8

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

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2014 Award
Go to Sleep, Little Farm
(by Mary Lyn Ray/illus Christopher Silas Neal, Houghton Mifflin $16.99 Score:)

A good night book at a level on beyond Good Night Moon. Told in verse and quiet shadowy illustrations, this evocation of night and sleep goes from earthbound mice under roots to pockets in a skirt going to sleep. It's one of those picture books that may appeal more to adults than children. 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Max and the Won't Go To Bed Show
(By Mark Sperring/ illus Sarah Warburton, $16.99 Score:)

A spirited good night book with young Max the Magnificent delaying the inevitable with all kinds of familiar tricks that may be more amusing in print than in person. Still, itís all good natured humor and a silly way to say sleep tight! 4 & up

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

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2014 Award
Is There a Dog in This Book?
(by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

Viviane Schwarz takes the lift the flap book to a new and more sophisticated level. Unlike the usual toddler flap books this one has an amusing story line. Put simply, it's about three cats who think there is a dog in their house and they are afraid of dogs--but as the story moves along one of the cats thinks a dog might be nice to pet. In just a few amusing pages the tone of the story changes as the cats and dog begin to trust each other. It's hard to say how many times this lift the flap book will entertain, but let's just say, it is a lively and fun read the first time through. 3-7


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

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