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2010 Award
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! & more stories by Mo Willems
(Mo Willems, Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

Mo Willems not only creates wonderfully amusing stories, he obviously enjoys narrating them in his own voice. Willems, with some help from friends such as Jon Scieszka, Mo's daughter Trixie, and Knuffle Bunny narrate three of his stories and his familiar line art comes alive through delightful animation and some jazzy music. You can choose an interactive version that invites kids to chime in as the story is told or not. For beginning readers, you can also choose subtitles, so they can read along. Three favorites are featured on this DVD: the title story, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Leaonardo, the Terrible Monster. 

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

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2010 Award
Hooray for Fish!
(by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick $9.99 Score:)

An animated DVD comes packaged with this oversized picture book that is all about fish. Told in verse, with Lucy Cousin's usual passion for color, the exuberant illustrations dance through the pages and DVD. This is more about the sound of rhyming words and amusing illustrations than a true concept book about fish. It is not young science, but it is delicious to look at. The narrator has a decidedly English accent that may be a tad strange to young American audiences. Still, this is right on the mark for 2 1/2 and up.

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

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2010 Award
Storybook Treasures The Rosemary Wells Collection
(Rosemary Wells, Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

A 2-DVD collection of storybooks by the creator of the brother and sister stories of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and the classic Emily's First 100 Days in School. This collection includes some Rosemary Wells books that are on earlier releases, so you may want to check your previous purchases. The set includes, Max's Chocolate Chicken, Max's Christmas, Morris's Disappearing Bag, Otto Runs for President, Noisy Nora, Emily's First 100 Days of School, Voyage to the Bunny Planet and Reading to Your Bunny.

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

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2010 Awards
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Sing-Along Travel Kit
(Scholastic $24.99 Score:)

You may want to be sure about overlap, since some of the story songs in this collection are on other Scholastic disks you already own. This one features songs such as Wheels on the Bus, There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, and other favorites. The complete set has 15 old favorite musical storybooks that are fun to take along or enjoy at home. Also included are crayons, an activity booklet, a 13 song CD and travel ideas for parents.

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

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2010 Awards
Cathy and Marcy's Song Shop: Meet the Instruments, Clap and Tap
(Community Music $14.99 Score:)

Cathy and Marcy introduce kids to a variety of percussion instruments---including their own hands, knees and feet. Using clapping, conga drums, shakers, feet and other body movements, kids are invited to participate in discovering soft and loud, up and down, side to side and stop and start movements. This is an interactive DVD that encourages kids to get up and join in rather than sitting passively and watching. 40 minutes that can be fun for a play date or solo. The pace on this is slow enough so that young preschoolers will not be overwhelmed. 2 1/2 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Wake Up, Clarinet!
(Oran Etkin, Timbalooloo $16.99 Score:)

Well known jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin introduces his own "Timbalooloo" method for get young children involved in moving and responding to the music. This is not just a sit there and watch kind of CD, it has tracks that will also play as a DVD. The music is original and anything but the usual kiddie fare. For parents who especially like jazz, this is a good place to start with younger listeners. 

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

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2010 Award
Storybook Treasures, Giggle, Giggle, Quack
(Scholastic $14.99 Score:)

Newest of the Storybook Treasures collection, Giggle Giggle Quack is the comic lead story on this DVD with five stories. When Farmer Brown goes on vacation he leaves the farm in the hands of his brother Bob. Poor Bob, had no idea what he was getting into with Duck and his mischievous friends. In Duck For President, good old Duck is up to his usual tricks. He does not like the way things are going on the farm and tries to take charge. Doodby Dooby Moo involves a talent show the farm animals get into with some laughable moments. Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm both give kids a different perspective on how the world works when you are living under ground or on the wing. Kids can just watch and listen or read along. Both Giggle Giggle and Duck for President are also done in Spanish and there is an interview with Harry Bliss, author of the Diaries. They say 3-8, we'd say more like 4 & up.

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

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2010 Award
So You Want to be President and more stories
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:)

Just in time for Presidents' Week, a new DVD with several stories that kids can listen to or read along with as they watch. The lead story on this DVD is an animated version of the popular book, So You Want to be President, illustrated with delightfully cartoonish images by David Small. It's told with amusing anecdotes about some of our most famous presidents. It's full of fun factoids and narrated by a former first lady, of sorts, Stockard Channing, of West Wing. Madam President was written and illustrated by Lane Smith and tells the story of a girl who imagines what it would be like to be President. Maybe one of the young viewers will actually grow up to do the deed!  I Could Do That! Tells the true story of Esther Morris who worked to get women the vote. Finally, in My Senator and Me, the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his dog Splash give kids a typical day on Capitol Hill. 5-10.


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
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World & More Stories
(Scholastic $14.95 Score:)

The lead story was not only written by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister, Christine King Ferris, it is narrated with a moving performance by Lynn Whitfield and includes brief clips of Mahalia Jackson's singing, MLK's speech and the roar of the crowd. Cleverly produced with London Ladd's illustrations from the book combined with photo images from the memorable day of the I Have a Dream speech at the mall. But as they say on infomercials, that's not all. The other three stories on this DVD are equally marvelous Platinum Award winning books : Nikki Giovanni's Rosa, Doreen Rappaport's Martin's Big Words and Ellen Levine's marvelous Henry's Freedom Box:A True Story from the Underground Railroad. But, wait! That's not all! There are two memorable interviews with Christine King Ferris and Ellen Levine.   They say 5-10, we'd say this is more like a good choice for 7-12 and up. 

 

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

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2009 Award
Ocean Life, Book & DVD
(by Cynthia Stierie/ photos Annie Crawley, Reader's Digest Children's Books $17.99 Score:)

Handsome still photos are used to illustrate this big book with factoids that school aged kid will pour over. But it's the DVD with live footage of life under the water that sets this apart. Using an alphabet format this is a little less fluid than Annie Crawley's other DVDís such as Who Lives in the Sea?, What Makes a Fish a Fish?, or Dive into Diversity. That said, lots of kids like to be able to hold a book in their hands and look at the pictures for as long as they wish, rather than the fleeting images on a video.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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