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Product Type: Books
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
The Book Boat's In
(by Cynthia Cotton/ illus. Frane Lessac, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

You may have borrowed books from the book mobiles that traveled to small towns all over the country. But did you know that in the 19th century when the Erie Canal carried people and supplies westward that book boats travelled the river roads bringing books to faraway places that had no libraries. Illustrated with a folk art look, this little story speaks to a boy's love of books and reading as well as giving young readers a glimpse into the history of libraries. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
(by Jan Pinborough/ illus. Debby Atwell, HMH $16.99 Score:)

Though it's hard to believe, there was a time when there were no children's rooms in public libraries; in fact, children were not welcome inside. But, Anne Carroll Moore, a spunky young woman who loved books thought otherwise. This wonderful biography for young listeners combines history with good storytelling that children can relate to and enjoy. 6-9

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Ball
(by Mary Sullivan, HMH $12.99 Score:)

Just one word and a plaintive playful dog carry this otherwise wordless book on a delightful romp. From the moment he wakes, dog interacts with family and his own lively imagination seeking someone who will play ball! Reading the pictures and telling what's happening is an excellent way to develop comprehension as well as storytelling skills. 4-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Dodsworth in Tokyo
(by Tim Egan, HMH $14.99 Score:)

Meet Dodsworth, a sophisticated traveler, who is off to Japan with his duck. Will duck behave? That is the question. On his whirlwind tour of Japan, Dodsworth introduces duck to many seemingly strange customs, using a Japanese word for each as he explains. Illustrations, language, and humor give a new look to this relatively mid-level easy to read story. 2nd grade.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Matchbox Diary
(by Paul Fleischman/ illus. Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $16.99 Score:)

As a boy, great-grandfather could not write, but he kept a diary of small items that fit in little matchboxes. Each contained a reminder of a story that he now tells to his little great grandchild. This immigrant book gives young listeners a glimpse into the world that so many Italians and others ethnic groups went through. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Lois Ehlerts's Growing Garden
(HMH $14.99 Score:)

For the growing season this set of three handsome picture books may well inspire a new crop of young gardeners. These are all reissued in a smaller paperback format that retains the artful look of the originals. Eating the Alphabet is an alphabet book of fruits and veggies. Growing Vegetable Soup is a treasure of artful veggies with a recipe for making soup. Planting a Rainbow is a color concept book with more than 20 different kinds of flowers. The gift package comes with a poster to hang in the kitchen or a child's room.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
It's a Firefly Night
(by Dianne Ochiltree/ illus. Betsy Snyder, Blue Apple $12.99 Score:)

A young science book that recalls a night of catching, observing and then freeing fireflies. Told in verse, this little story will be familiar to kids who have enjoyed the magic of capturing the blinking lights of firefly night. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Give Up, Gecko!
(retold by Margaret Read MacDonald/ illus. Deborah , Amazon $16.99 Score:)

Based on a folktale from Uganda, Give Up, Gecko! is a gem of a read-aloud with lots of repetition. Children will soon be chanting along with the reader, cheering each of the thirsty animals seeking water. Told with wit and perfect pacing, the story and playful illustrations speak to big ideas about sticking to a task and that being small is not a measure of what one can do. In MacDonald's telling, one can almost hear the village storyteller pouring this tale out to young and old alike as they gather by the fire. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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