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In the first ten days of 2011, I am going to be counting down my top 10 books of 2010. On January 10, 2010, the American Library Awards will be announced!!! (Seriously, I know I'm a dork. These are the awards that get me excited!) The Caldecott and Newbery Awards will be announced that day. The other awards to be announced are: Coretta Scott King Awards, the Pura Belpre' Award, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and the Michael L. Printz Award. (According to the ALA website). So for a little added fun, I plan to also share with you some of my picks for the Caldecott Awards- the Caldecott is given to the illustrator of the most distinguished American Picture book. The Newbery Medal is given to the most distinguished contribution in children's literature.
One of my favorite books of 2010 was LMNO Peas by Keith Baker.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker is an adorable alphabet book. The book is a rhyming tale of "peas" and the jobs they do. From astronauts to zoologist, the peas take us through the alphabet highlighting a myriad of occupations.
LMNO Peas would make a great read aloud, with its easy flowing language and large letters on each page. However, I also think it would be a great book to snuggle up with a child and read one on one. The letters are the perfect size for tracing over with your finger as you say letter formations. Being up close also allows the readers to see the details of each of the little peas.
The book would also make a great addition to a study on communities or careers.
The book only includes the capital versions of the letters so it would probably be best for preschool or early kindergartners. There are many alphabet books to choose from out there but I have to say, this one is a MUST HAVE!
I'm not sure if this one will walk away with any awards but it is definitely a notable book of 2010 and very deserving of a place in my top 10 of '10.
(ps. I first published the review of this book on August 13, 2010)