NAPPA 2006: Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

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By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., and Kathleen Krull

Nappa Gold Winners
This year's NAPPA winners herald the return of favorite characters and announce the grand entrance of new ones in must-read stories that make you laugh, think and wonder. Happy reading!

Gold Award Winners

A Place Called Kindergarten, by Jessica Harper, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Putnam, 2006, $15.99. Children feel comforted as they read how farm animals turn from loneliness to understanding as they see a child head off to the first day of school.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children, 2006, $12.99. Our favorite pigeon returns! This time Pigeon doesn't want to go to bed. Parents and toddlers will see themselves in this bedtime dilemma.
Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children, 2006, $16.99. Everyone loves Edwina except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who is ready to prove that dinosaurs are extinct.
Happy Birthday to Whooo?, by Doris Fisher, illustrated by Lisa Downey, Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2006, $15.95. Kids familiar with birth announcements get a kick out of this guessing game about the births of various baby animals.
Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around!, by Claudia Rueda, Scholastic Press, 2006, $16.99. Animals play while a wolf dresses - one garment at a time - and becomes hungrier in the process.
My First Art Book & Easel, by Alex Toys, LB Kids, 2006, $14.99. Deluxe package of paints and assorted media, with a book giving irresistible art assignments for the very young.
The Twelve Days of Winter, by Deborah Lee Rose, illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006, $14.95. It's a blizzard of activity when the kindergarten class counts down to winter in this cumulative pattern book.

Honors Award Winners

ActiveMinds Make a Storybook Set: Dinosaurs, Publications International, 2006; $4.28. On the principle that the best present for a child is a blank book, here is an excellent one, packaged with crayons, markers and story-starters that are all about dinosaurs.

Good Boy, Fergus!, by David Shannon; Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, 2006; $15.99. Young and old dog lovers will relate to Fergus and his owners as they tackle everyday activities. A simply told, funny tale of everyone's best friend - a fun-loving dog.

Hooked on Pre-K Super Workbook, Hooked on Phonics, 2006; $12.99. A wealth of practice and review skills are presented in this comprehensive workbook that includes 320 pages of activities, stickers and posters. Also available in kindergarten and first-grade editions.

Pepper Goes to School, by Linda Bleck; Little Simon, 2006; $8.99. Pepper wants to go to school with Lily, but they don't let dogs on the bus in this charming pop-up and pull-tab book.

Rupert the Wrong Word Pirate, by Greg Owens, illustrated by Suzanne Beaky; Do-Re-Me & You!, 2006; $34.95 book & CD. Sound-alike words are causing confusion in this pirate tale. A pirate's eye-patch, pirate hat, sword, and a CD complement the book to complete the fun.

Seven Little Monkeys, by Joanie Woodward; Yeoman House, 2005; $19.95. Winner of the most unusual counting-yourself-to-sleep book award, based on principles of yoga cleverly distilled for kids, with equally clever art.

What About Me: 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister, by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, illustrated by Mits Katayama; Parenting Press, 2006; $14.95. Nicely pitched at a young child's level, this book offers creative, positive ideas for kids to get along better with their families, such as "Make silly faces so Baby will laugh."

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