1 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)
2 SMASH! CRASH!, by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon. (Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) A truck named Jack and a dump truck named Dan love to smash into things. (Ages 3 to 7)
3 ZEN TIES, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. (Scholastic, $17.99.) A panda encourages his nephew and their friends to help a grouchy neighbor. (Ages 4 to 8)
4 HENRY’S FREEDOM BOX, by Ellen Levine. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (Scholastic, $16.99.) A young slave mails himself to freedom. (Ages 9 to 12)
5 THE JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE, written by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. (Abrams, $15.95.) Four little girl cats work together to prepare for a recital.
SOURCE: NY Times, week of March 16