NAPPA 2006: Books for the Whole Family

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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

The Adventures of Odysseus, by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, illustrated by Christina Balit, Barefoot Books, 2006, $19.99. Homer's epic tale contains lush illustrations, accessible prose and thrilling adventures from Greek mythology.
The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, illustrated by Jackie Morris, Barefoot Books, 2006, $19.99. Another must-have, this collection highlights 70 great poems (from Lear and Carroll to Shakespeare and Poe) with illustrations that are worth dwelling on.
Blue 2: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages, by David A. Carter, Little Simon, 2006, $19.95. This alphabet pop-up book intrigues readers journeying for true blue clues.
Cranium FunFolio: Family Edition, from LB Kids, 2006, $14.99. This set contains a book and materials for making up stories, preserving family history and more to jump-start conversation.
John, Paul, George & Ben, by Lane Smith, Hyperion Books for Children, 2006, $16.99. Smith blends a love of The Beatles with a look at the signers of the Declaration of Independence to create this fun-and-facts book.

Honors Award Winners

38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation, by Dette Hunter, illustrated by Kitty Macaulay; Annick Press, 2005; $9.95. A summertime resource full of crafts, games and activities that are sure to delight children throughout the year as well.

The Jungle Book: A Pop-up Adventure, by Matthew Reinhart; Little Simon, 2006; $26.95. Reinhart, a superb paper engineer, has created an intricate pop-up book that the entire family will find amazing in his retelling of this classic tale.

Ranch, by Roxie Munro; Bright Sky Press, 2004; $16.95. A counting and finding book about a working cattle ranch in the American West. Each double-page spread features information about ranch life and a list of items to find in the illustration. Answers are included at the back of the book.

Robotic Bat, by Paul Beck; Silver Dolphin Books, 2006; $17.95. Just too cool not to share with the family. This in-depth book about bats contains all the material you need to assemble your own model bat with flapping wings and eyes that light up.

Shadow Play: A True Story of Tefillah, by Leah Pearl Shollar, illustrated by Pesach Gerber; Hachai Publishing, 2006; $11.95. The age-old story of R'Abba Chilkiya is retold from original sources. A terrible drought threatens Israel and two messengers discover the power of prayer.

Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, by Robert San Souci, illustrated by Daniel San Souci; August House Publishers, 2006; $19.95. Who knew that female trickster figures in folklore could be just as amusing as Brer Rabbit and all the other tricky males? Eight wonderful stories for sharing.

Take Me Home, Country Roads, by John Denver, illustrated by Christopher Canyon; Dawn Publications, 2005; $19.95 book & CD. John Denver's popular anthem is presented with quilt-like illustrations that capture the homey characteristics of a family reunion.

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