Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wilde Picture Books Picks

Wilde Picture Book Awards 2006

Susie Wilde is a book reviewer in North Carolina. The full article was published in the Raleigh News and Observer, and is available to read online. The article describes each book and provides more details.

In the category of ‘best baby present’ :

  • Baby: Unique Moments: A Record Book by David Ellwand

In the category of ‘best read-alouds for preschoolers’ :

  • The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming
  • Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
  • So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz
  • Why Do You Cry? Not A Sob Story by Kate Klise

In the category of ‘best fiction for 4-6s’ :

  • I’m Dirty! by Kate and Jim McMullan
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson
  • Who Is Your Favorite Monster, Mama? by Barbara Shook Hazeen

In the category of ‘best picture books for 6-10s’ :

  • Clever Ali by Nancy Farmer
  • Dear Mr. Rosenwald by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Flotsam by David Wiesner
  • Muti’s Necklace by Louise Hawes
  • Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven
  • Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg

In the category of ‘most welcome returning characters’ :

  • Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
  • Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes
  • Olivia Forms A Band by Ian Falconer

In the category of ‘retellings’ :

  • Can’t Catch Me by John and Ann Hassett
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Pancakes For Supper! by Anne Isaacs

In the category of ‘non-fiction picture books’ :

  • Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals by Steve Jenkins
  • Dizzy by Jonah Winter
  • Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone
  • I’m A Pill Bug by Yukihisa Tokuda
  • Is There Really A Human Race by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • It’s Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris
  • Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz
  • Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of A Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
  • Unlikely Pairs: Fun With Famous Works of Art by Bob Raczka

In the category of ‘best celebrity book’ :

  • Queen of the Scene by Queen Latifah

In the category of ‘most playful concept books’ :

  • Blue 2 by David Carter
  • Eric Carle’s Animal Flash Cards

In the category of ‘quirkiest picture book’

  • Wolves by Emily Gravett


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