Best Children’s Products: Books

Nov 1, 2013 | Blog, Cozi Recommends

Here are the winning books from the 2013 National Parenting Publications Awards.


GOLD WINNERS


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryRandom House BFYR, $16.99, www.randomhousekids.com. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 – 15 years.

Why we like it: Calling all bibliomaniacs! Zany Luigi Lemoncello is a master game maker. He reminds Kyle of Willy Wonka and readers are sure to agree. This is a great book to read aloud and discuss as it is sure to get every reader involved. Check this one out!

GOLD WINNER



Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrated by)

Exclamation MarkScholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Preschool through Early Elementary.

Why we like it: So simple and brilliantly executed, a salute to the most enthusiastic piece of punctuation. This is a read-and-share book that adults will enjoy as much as kids and teachers will want a copy in their classrooms.

GOLD WINNER



Noisy Bug Sing-Along

Noisy Bug Sing-AlongDawn Publications, $8.95, www.dawnpub.com. Ages: 4 – 9 years.

Why we like it: What’s making those noisy, noisy sounds? Have a little fun while learning a lot about bugs in this nonfiction book. It presents information in a way that is sure to capture the attention of all children interested in nature and bugs and to ignite an interest in all readers. Be sure to visit the publisher’s website to listen to some of the bug sounds that are mentioned in this fascinating offering.

GOLD WINNER



Rawr! by Todd H. Doodler

www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.comRAWR!. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years.

Why we like it: Who doesn’t love friendly cartoon dinosaurs? Rex just wants to fit in. But, for some reason, everyone thinks he’s scary. An entertaining and silly read with an enjoyable twist. This will leave you chuckling. And, the cover has a puffy version of Rex which makes the book even more fun.

GOLD WINNER



Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Fun Facts & Silly Stories, Volume 1

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Fun Facts & Silly Stories, Volume 1Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, $8.99, www.ripleybooks.com. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 – 8 years.

Why we like it: Did you know mosquitoes prefer biting people with smelly feet? This fun book is filled with fun facts that you never knew you needed to know! Readers will be engaged by the large, colorful images and playful text fonts. Believe it or not, this book is a winner!

GOLD WINNER



Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle

Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine SewingStorey Publishing, $18.95, www.storey.com. Ages: Ages 7+.

Why we like it: Did you know mosquitoes prefer biting people with smelly feet? This fun book is filled with fun facts that you never knew you needed to know! Readers will be engaged by the large, colorful images and playful text fonts. Believe it or not, this book is a winner!

GOLD WINNER



The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The DarkLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99,www.hachettebookgroup.com. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 – 15 years.

Why we like it: Laszlo is afraid of the dark. This is the age-old story of a child being afraid of the dark, but it updates those fears with a unique look. Caldecott award-winning Jon Klassen provides the retro illustrations. Don’t miss the CD read by best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s whose voice will transport you to Laszlo’s dark, dark home.

GOLD WINNER



The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible BoyAlfred A. Knopf BFYR, $16.99, www.randomhousekids.com. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 – 8 years.

Why we like it: This book will touch your heart; it shows the importance of simple acts of kindness. Brian is the invisible boy as revealed by the delightful illustrations, which make this book shine. Befriended by the new kid named Justin, Brian comes to life right before your eyes. You will be charmed.

GOLD WINNER



The Man With the Violin

The Man With the ViolinAnnick Press, $19.95, www.annickpress.com. Ages: Ages 5 – 8.

Why we like it: A young boy notices the amazing music from the man playing the violin in the metro station even though his mother doesn’t. The story is based on a real event when musician Joshua Bell gave a concert in a Washington, D.C. metro station and children were interested and adults walked on by. The book includes a note from Joshua Bell. This important picture book will remind each of us to enjoy and savor our surroundings.

GOLD WINNER



SILVER WINNERS


A Long Way Away by Frank Viva

A Long Way AwayLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99,www.hachettebookgroup.com. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years.

Why we like it: Begin on a distant planet and soar downward into the mysterious deep. Then, read this clever picture book in reverse for an opposite journey. Brilliantly conceived and executed, the illustrations were created as a single, continuous piece of art.

SILVER WINNER



Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon

Bugs in My Hair!The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, $17.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Preschool through Early Elementary.

Why we like it: LICE! So imagine a whole book about lice! This book offers a hilarious perspective on the creepy head crawlies. Shannon’s zany illustrators help to lighten the ick factor. A great book for all of us who have fought the battle against lice.

SILVER WINNER



Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

CrankensteinLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99,www.hachettebookgroup.com. Ages: Preschool through Early Elementary.

Why we like it: This is a book for all the cranky children in the world. Crankenstein is just cranky about everything until he meets another Crankenstein. Kids will love the colorful illustrations and the playful language. Guaranteed to make you less cranky upon reading.

SILVER WINNER



Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarinot

Doug UnpluggedAlfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99,www.randomhousekids.com. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 – 8 years

Why we like it: Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart so they plug him in each morning when they leave for work and download everything he’ll need to be smart. But, Doug has another idea and unplugs himself and goes for a little exploring on his own. His adventure of discovery includes a friend and a way to make his parents realize just how smart he is. This book is perfect for Screen-Free Week or TV Turnoff Week and a not-so-gentle reminder to all of us (young and old) how much we each learn when we turn off the gadgets that surround us.

SILVER WINNER



Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin

Doug UnpluggedRandom House Books for Young Readers, $17.99,www.randomhousekids.com. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years

Why we like it: Playful rhymes are accompanied by whimsical illustrations in this nighttime storybook that will be sure to become part of many children’s bedtime routines. Turn sleep time into an imaginative adventure with your favorite animals. Sleep tight and dream!

SILVER WINNER



Duke by Kirby Larson

DukeScholastic Press/Scholastic, $16.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years

Why we like it: Everyone loves a great boy and his dog story. and this one ranks with the best. Set during World War II, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is committed to do what he can for the war efforts and donates his pet, a German shepherd named Duke, to Dogs for Defense. This organization uses dogs to assist the military and serve as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Written by Newbery award-winning author Kirby Larson.

SILVER WINNER



Engine Number Ten by Rose Ann Woolpert

Engine Number TenGraniterock, $17.99, www.enginenumberten.com. Ages: Fun for the entire family

Why we like it: Based on the real story of a steam engine, this story will delight readers interested in trains, California history, and rock mining. Using photos with hand-drawn illustrations, the pictures are uniquely stunning. Who knew trains could be so inspiring!

SILVER WINNER



Friends Till the End?; A Quiz Book for a Smart Girl’s Guide; Friendship Troubles by Emma MacLaren Henke

Friends Till the End?American Girl, $9.99, www.americangirl.com. Ages: Ages 10+

Why we like it: This hands-on resource will help the reader evaluate her personality and learn how to become a better friend. It gives insight into understanding the personalities of others and helpful advice for readers when problems arise. We applaud this resource that is sure to provide girls with a way to be reflective and hone their friendship skills.

SILVER WINNER



LEGO Play Book

LEGO Play BookDK Publishing, $24.99, www.us.dk.com. Ages: Ages 10+

Why we like it: Over 500 ideas are presented from Lego fans in this comprehensive and inspiring book for Lego lovers. Organized by topics such as Once Upon a Time, A Small World, Go Wild!, etc., the extensive table of contents makes it easy to identify an appealing project. The creators are introduced with information about their age, day job, brick collection size, and interesting facts. There’s an abundance of insider tips and the building advice is sure to inspire.

SILVER WINNER



Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrated by)

Lucky DucklingsOrchard Books/Scholastic, $16.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Preschool through Early Elementary

Why we like it: For every child and adult who has ever loved Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (and even for those who haven’t!), this is a charming salute to a real incident that happened in Montauk, Long Island. A mama duck takes her ducklings out for a walk, but she didn’t realize there was danger in their future. Compare and contrast the two books to spark a family or school discussion.

SILVER WINNER



Rock-a-Bye Room, by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Amy Bates

Rock-a-Bye RoomAbrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95,www.abramsbooks.com. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years

Why we like it: Who can resist a new lullaby book? The author and illustrator capture the pure magical love of the young mother as she soothes her young daughter to sleep with her rock-a-baby gentle rhymes and say good night to dolls, blocks, and other belongings in her room.

SILVER WINNER



The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say

The Favorite DaughterArthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic, $17.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Ages 4 – 8

Why we like it: Based on his own father-daughter relationship, this book is an endearing story about how a biracial girl learns to love her cultural identities. A touching story about enduring love. Say’s watercolors are simply beautiful but my favorite images are the inclusion of photographs of his daughter.

SILVER WINNER



The Museum, by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

The MuseumAbrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95,www.abramsbooks.com. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5 years

Why we like it: Couplets and playful sketches help us imagine a young girl’s fascination with art as she tours an art museum. “When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart.” This story will make you want to create something beautiful.

SILVER WINNER



World According to Klutz Boxed Set

World According to KlutzAbrams Books for Young Readers, $14.99,www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Ages: Ages 8+

Why we like it: This set contains the Klutz Book of Inventions: Hall of Fame Edition, The Greatest Facts In the History of Facts, and The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: Short Attention Span Edition. Lots of random and fun trivia is presented in these volumes. Text is short and sweet accompanied by supporting images and photographs. Learning is fun!

SILVER WINNER



Ranger Rick Jr. – Magazine

Ranger Rick Jr.National Wildlife Federation, $3.99 per issue, www.nwf.org. Ages: Ages 8+

Why we like it: This is the National Wildlife Federation’s brand new wildlife magazine for young children. The magazine is identified as “Animal Fun for Young Children” and was formerly “Big Backyard.” Each 36-page magazine showcases animal photographs, fun facts, games, activities, and a pull-out poster. When children outgrow this magazine, they’ll want to move on to “Ranger Rick.”

SILVER WINNER



HONORS WINNERS


Build the Shark

Build the SharkSilver Dolphin Books, $19.95, www.silverdolphinbooks.com. Ages: 6+

Why we like it: Build a 2 1/2 foot great white shark! This kit includes a 32-page book and 35 model pieces to assemble. The whole family will get involved as they build the shark and learn about a shark’s body, its environment, and how it survives.

HONORS WINNER



Paperboy by Vince Vawter

PaperboyDelacorte Books for Young Readers, $16.99,www.randomhousekids.com. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 – 15 years.

Why we like it: This book is based on the author’s own experience coming-of-age in the segregated South during the 1950s. Victor Vollmer agrees to take over his friend’s paper route one summer and is forced to interact with his neighbors and thus, deal with his stuttering. Sweet, nostalgic story. Prepare to go back in time to simpler times with complex issues.

HONORS WINNER



When Miles Got Mad by Abbie Schiller and Sam Kurtzman-Counter

When Miles Got MadThe Mother Company/Ruby’s Studio, $12.95,www.themotherco.com. Ages: Birth and up.

Why we like it: Miles gets mad at his brother and glimpses at himself in the mirror where he sees a red monster; his reflection returns as he uses his words to express his anger. This book is a bit didactic but the illustrations are fun and different. We can all relate to the monster in Miles.

HONORS WINNER

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