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NAPPA 2005: Books for Ages 6 & Up

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

Good times lie ahead for family read-alouds or cozy-corner reading by oneself. This year's best bets round up irresistible "touch" or "listen" board books, silly rhymes and storylines, clever pop-ups that beckon exploration, and fact books that both satisfy and pique curiosity. Peruse your favorite bookstore for the following titles and read for yourself why each is a winner!

Note: For your convenience, when available, these award winning book may be purchased online at Amazon.com. Click on the title or image of a book to launch the appropriate Amazon link.




Books for Ages 6 & Up: Gold Award Winners Babar's World Tour, by Laurent de Brunhoff, Abrams, 2005, $16.95.

Babar's World Tour, by Laurent de Brunhoff, Abrams, 2005, $16.95. Babar, the beloved elephant, packs Mother and the children onto Elephant One and flies off around the world, learning a bit of the language of the lands they visit. Although the children get impatient at journey's end, they're soon ready to go again.Freaky Foods From Around the World, by Ramona Moreno Winner, illustrated by Luis Borsan, Brainstorm 3000, 2005, $15.95.

Freaky Foods From Around the World, by Ramona Moreno Winner, illustrated by Luis Borsan, Brainstorm 3000, 2005, $15.95. A fascinating Spanish and English look at what people around the world eat. Includes recipes for Spider Salad, Fried Bush Crickets and more., by Ramona Moreno Winner, illustrated by Luis Borsan, Brainstorm 3000, 2005, $15.95. A fascinating Spanish and English look at what people around the world eat. Includes recipes for Spider Salad, Fried Bush Crickets and more.Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses & Crescents, by Mark Podwal, Doubleday, 2005, $15.95


Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses & Crescents, by Mark Podwal, Doubleday, 2005, $15.95. "Synagogue stars, church crosses, mosque moons meet under the Jerusalem sky and merge their crosses," as three religions invest the city with fervent beliefs and rich legends recounted in this expressively illustrated book.Karate Hour, by Carol Nevius, illustrated by Bill Thomson, Marshall Cavendish, 2004, $14.95.


Karate Hour, by Carol Nevius, illustrated by Bill Thomson, Marshall Cavendish, 2004, $14.95. This nonfiction book presents a look at martial arts through bold black-and-white illustrations and a rhyming text.




Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds), by Geoffrey Kloske, illustrated by Barry Blitt, Atheneum, 2005, $15.95.Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds), by Geoffrey Kloske, illustrated by Barry Blitt, Atheneum, 2005, $15.95. Kids and parents will roar with laughter as they hear fairy tales and other popular stories that have been shortened to meet the needs of a very weary dad at the end of a long day


 


 


Books for Ages 6 & Up: Honors Award Winners Adventures of Riley: Dolphins in Danger, by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre; Eaglemont Press, 2005; $15.95.


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soNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Blue Day Book for Kids, by Bradley Trevor Greive; Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005; $9.95.


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soNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Blue Day Book for Kids, by Bradley Trevor Greive; Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005; $9.95. Expressive animal photos and little pep talks help kids with days when they’re grumpy, sad or lonely.




Cinderella: A Fairy Tale Pop-Up, by Matthew Reinhart; Simon & Schuster, 2005; $24.95.


 


Cinderella: A Fairy Tale Pop-Up, by Matthew Reinhart; Simon & Schuster, 2005; $24.95. This fascinating and intricate pop-up book presents a retelling of Cinderella, complete with twirling dancers and prancing horses.


 


 


Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur, by Ruth Ashby, illustrated by Phil Wilson; Abrams, 2005; $14.95. With large, dramatic illustrations, this fictionalized life-story from the age of dinosaurs follows Pteranodon from his birth, through near-death encounters, to his own fatherhood. Includes a glossary and bibliography.


 


Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Holt, 2005; $16.95.


 




Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Holt, 2005; $16.95. Stunning collages illuminate this simply told story of Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks.


 


 


 


 






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