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2001 Awards
See the Yak Yak
(by Charles Ghigna/illus. by Brian Lies, Random House $3.99 Score:) Did you ever see a fish fish? How about a bat bat? Lies' amusing illustrations of a yak yakking on the phone add meaning to the use of single word as both a noun and a verb. A clever way to introduce kids to the playfulness of words.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Monkey Trouble
(various authors, Candlewick $4.99 Score:) A set of four slim books, each a complete and amusing story told with one sentence to a page and helpful picture cues. Just one word changes in the repeated sentence as the story unfolds. Also recommended in the Brand New Readers, Tabby Cat and Winnie books.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Drip, Drop
(by Sarah Weeks/illus. by Jane Manning, HarperCollins $12.95 Score:) Beginners will enjoy the rhyming words and repeated pattern of raindrops leaking that keep Pip Squeak mouse from sleeping.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Katie and the Mona Lisa
(by James Mayhew, Orchard $15.95 Score:) Katie wonders why Mona Lisa is not smiling. She steps into the famous painting to find out and off she goes with one of art's most famous subjects—visiting other works of art including Botticelli's Primavera and Carpaccio's The Lion of St. Mark. 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
A Child's Book of Play in Art
(by Lucy Micklethwait, DK $16.95 Score:) In this collection of great paintings, readers must find animals and birds in exquisitely reproduced art by such masters as Renoir, Holbein, Rousseau, and Picasso. A game you can play in the museum, too. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
The Soccer Mom from Outer Space
(by Barney Saltzberg, Crown $15.95 Score:) School-aged kids may love your attention at home but be easily embarrassed by too much of a good thing in public. Meet Soccer Mom—the prototypical over-the-top enthusiast extraordinaire ! Nice that it focuses on a female player and parent. 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Satchel Paige
(by Lesa Cline-Ransome/illus. by James E. Ransome, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) The Ransomes touch all bases, telling how Paige got his nickname carrying satchels, went to reform school for stealing, and discovered his talents to become the first African American to pitch in a major league World Series. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Salt in his Shoes
(by Deloris & Roslyn Jordan/illus. by Kadir Nelson, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score:) Michael worried that he would never grow tall enough to play basketball. His mother had a salty solution, but his father taught him that practice and determination were also essential to succeeding. A true grit story! 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Rookie
(by Joan Anderson/photos by Michelle V. Agins, Dutton $16.99 Score:) A behind-the-scenes look at the WNBA through the eyes of New York Liberty's Tamika Whitmore. An inspiring story about Whitmore's determination to get a college basketball scholarship and make it in the WNBA. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
My Baseball Book & My Soccer Book
(by Gail Gibbons, HarperCollins $5.95 Score:) Child-sized "rule" books illustrated with lively girls and boys who are also learning to play. Packed with lots of facts for young players to pore over as they learn their sport. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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