South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness has named Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees’ Giraffes Can’t Dance its 2015 Children’s Book of the Year.
In collaboration with the State Library, First Steps polled children’s librarians across South Carolina to determine the picture books that best:
– promote social-emotional development,
– build relationships,
– develop confidence and persistence for early learners,
– nurture a child’s curiosity, and
– provides for a fun, interactive read.
Librarians selected Andreae and Parker-Rees’ bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance as the year’s top title. The book tells the story of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance – but is challenged by his crooked knees and thin legs. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
To hear Giraffes Can’t Dance click here.
Karen Beaumont’s I Like Myself and Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever rounded out the librarians’ top three picks.
This is the second year that First Steps has named a statewide winner, with Watty Piper’s The Little Engine that Could taking top honors.
To hear “I Like Myself” click here.
To hear “Love You Forever” here.