NAPPA 2003: Books for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., Kathleen Krull and Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Nappa Award Winners
From a zany worm's diary to the importance of controlling anger, this year's Gold Award-winning books reflect the rich variety of children's literature. Here are some new gems that will entertain and inform as they instill a joy of reading in your child.

Gold Award Winners

Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss, HarperCollins, 2003, $15.99. Life as a worm is not easy - but it is hilarious. You try dancing the hokey-pokey with the body of a worm! An entertaining picture book and an age-appropriate introduction to diaries.

Little Quack, by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Derek Anderson, Simon & Schuster, 2003, $14.95. Readers and listeners will enjoy counting and adding, one at a time, as each of the five little ducks ventures into the pond for his or her very first swim. Even Little Quack finds the courage to join his mom and siblings in the pond.

Olivia ... and The Missing Toy, by Ian Falconer, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003, $16.95. Irrepressible piglet Olivia - commanding, assertive, zestfully imaginative and as impulsive as a child - loves the color red, puts her loving parents to the test, and ends up where she began: snugly under the covers.

Rosie's Roses, by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole, HarperCollins, 2003, $15.99. Rosie the raccoon has a bouquet of four roses for Aunt Ruth's birthday, but they mysteriously disappear, one by one. What will happen when she arrives at her aunt's house with nothing but the bouquet's rainbow ribbon? Children will enjoy counting along with Rosie and the alliteration of the letter "R."

The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book, by Deborah Lee Rose, illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2003, $14.95. Following the lilting rhythm and cumulative design of The Twelve Days of Christmas, we go through the first 12 days of kindergarten with joy, wit and understanding.

Honors Award Winners

Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet, by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Helen Craig; Pleasant Company Publications, 2003; $17.95; Angelina is back and this time her story is told in part by eight pieces of mail that are tucked into pocket envelopes throughout the book.

Good Night, Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland, by Dawn Bently, concept by Melanie Gerth, illustrated by Heather Cahoon; Little Simon/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2003; $10.95. Sparkly, glitter butterflies peek through die-cut holes as the animals say good night in this color concept book.

I'm Mighty!, by Kate and Jim McMullan; HarperCollins, 2003; $15.99; Join this personable tugboat as he proves that even the smallest boat can be mighty as he does his harbor work.

It's Time to Call 911, Smart Kids Publishing; Penton Overseas, Inc., 2002; $7.95; This interactive board book teaches young children how to get help in an emergency by calling 911 and includes a telephone keypad, a siren sound, and a place to record a child's address.

Mouse's First Day of School, by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan; Simon & Schuster, 2003; $12.95; Mouse has a classroom adventure discovering colors, shapes and more in this companion to other Mouse books by Thompson. This is a perfect book to help celebrate the first day of school.

My Momma Likes to Say, by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan; Sleeping Bear Press, 2003; $15.95; A clever, fact-filled introduction to the proverbs and clichés we all take for granted - except for small children, to whom they are totally new.

Picture Me Sparkle Princess, by Cathy Hapka, concept by Deborah D'Andrea, illustrated by Heather Hill and April Roush; Playhouse Publishing, 2002; $6.99; Insert your child's photograph into the back of this board book and she becomes a lovely Sparkle Princess.

To see winning books for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2003 Award Winners: Books.

See also: NAPPA 2002 Award Winners: Books