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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Under Five

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And Then It's Spring Cover Image
By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436244
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

Accompanied by his dog, a rabbit, and a turtle, a boy patiently awaits Spring as he guards his planted seeds. Spare text and graceful, muted illustrations (4-6).

 


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Cold Snap Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375857003
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2012

A week of very cold weather in a small town brings out the best in everyone. What a relief when it’s over! Lively gouache on watercolor paper illustrations (4-6).

 


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The Family Tree Cover Image
By David McPhail, David McPhail (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780805090574
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 27th, 2012

A boy needs help to save a tree that for generations has provided shade for the house and a swing for children. Watercolor and ink illustrations (3-6).

 


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Fly, Chick, Fly! Cover Image
By Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781467703147
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Andersen Press - September 1st, 2012

Father and mother owl raise three chicks. Soft pastel illustrations link the chicks’ growth to their natural surroundings (3-6).

 


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Isabella's Garden Cover Image
By Glenda Millard, Rebecca Cool (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763660161
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2012

Seeds, plants, hatchlings, and a mantis all participate in seasonal changes depicted in a cumulative poem. Mixed-media illustrations (3-5).

 


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Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story (My Readers) Cover Image
By Martin Springett, Isobel Springett (Photographs by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780805094879
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 28th, 2012

Photographs and simple text capture the true story of an abandoned fawn and the Great Dane who adopts her (3-6).

 


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Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic Cover Image
By Mônica Carnesi, Mônica Carnesi (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399256660
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 5th, 2012

Stranded on ice, a dog is rescued in the Baltic Sea and adopted by the sailor who saved him. Illustrated in watercolor, pen, and ink (4-6).

 


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Mice on Ice (I Like to Read) Cover Image
By Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780823425761
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Published: Holiday House - August 1st, 2012

Simple text and colorful cut paper illustrations are cleverly combined in this very easy-to-read story of a wintertime adventure (3-5).

 


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Moonlight Cover Image
By Helen V. Griffith, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062032850
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greenwillow Books - January 24th, 2012

Nighttime comes to the forest too slowly for Rabbit to stay awake, but while he sleeps, the moonlight comes out to play. Eye-catching acrylics (2-5).

 


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Plant a Kiss Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061986758
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Published: HarperCollins - December 27th, 2011

What happens when you plant a kiss in the ground? Spare prose is encircled by expressive illustrations (4-6).

 


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Step Gently Out Cover Image
By Helen Frost, Rick Lieder (Photographs by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763656010
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Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2012

Close-up photographs accompany a lovely, gentle poem about many of nature’s small but interesting insects. Includes scientific information (4-7).

 


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Summer Days and Nights Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780805090789
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 10th, 2012

In gentle rhyme, a child experiences a summer day with a joy that lasts until bedtime. Prismacolor illustrations describe her world with rich, glowing color (3-6).

 


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There Was a Tree Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399257414
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2012

Bright collages depict the African setting of the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Music included (3-6).

 


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Who Has This Tail? Cover Image
By Laura Hulbert, Erik Brooks (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805094299
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 16th, 2012

This question-answer book is based on the partial illustration of an animal, such as a beaver or a rattlesnake, and how it uses its tail. Bright, bold watercolors (4-6).

 


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Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! Cover Image
By Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802727909
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Walker Childrens - May 22nd, 2012

Vibrant cut-paper collages bring concepts of outer space exploration into focus for young readers (3-6).