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Nancy's picks for the best picture books of fall 2003 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2003.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bartoleti, Susan. NOBODY'S NOSIER THAN A CAT. Illus by Beppe Giacobbe. Hyperion, 2003. Gr K-3
Cats described with rich vocabulary, humor and imagination.

Bunting, Eve. LITTLE BEAR'S LITTLE BOAT. Illus by Nancy Carpenter. Clarion, 2003.Gr K-2.
What will Little Bear do whenhe grows too big for the boat he loves so much?

Cronin, Doreen. DIARY OF A WORM. Illus by Harry Bliss. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
This is a worm not much different from people except he eats his hmework and his head looks a lot like his rear end. Discover his daily doings and his hidden world.

Davidson, Rebecca Platt. ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE. Illus by Anita Lobel. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr 3-6
The world and works of William Shakespeare told in verse.

Deacon, Alexis. BEEGU. Farrar, 2003. Gr 1-4
Beegu is a small lost alien who finds Earth creatures unfriendly except for some of the youngest. A touching story that shows the world through the eyes of an innocent bystander.

Flaming, Candace. BOXES FOR KATJE..Illus by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-4.
A true story of how a family in the U.S. made a difference in the lives of the starving people in Holland just after World War II.

Garland, Michael. MISS SMITH'S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK. Dutton, 2003. Gr K-3
What if characters could come right off the pages of a book and take over your classroom? That is what happens in this unusual picture book that proves that reading is active, not passive!

Geras, Adele.MY GRANDMOTHER'S STORIES. Illus by anita Lobel. Knopf, 2003. Gr 2-6
A treasury of Jewish traditions and lore.

Glaser, Shirley. THE ALPHAZEDS. Illus by Milton Glaser. Hyperion, 2003. Gr 1-3
As each letter of the alphabet enters a room it displays an emotion. A is angry, B is baashful etc.

Goble, Paul. MYSTIC HORSE. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 2-4 
A poor boy nurses a sick horse to health. The animal helps the boy to achieve greatness only to be betrayed. The boy's remose is sincere but will he be forgiven?

Grey, Mini. THE VERY SMART PEA AND THE PRINCESS TO BE. Knopf, 2003. Gr 2-4
Learn how to tell a real princess from a fake princess through the eyes of a Very Smart Pea!

Harper, Wilhelmina. THE GUNNIWOLF. Illus by Barbara Upton. Dutton, 2003. Gr K-3
A little girl saves herself with a song as she meets the Gunniwolf in the forest.

Krosoczka, Jarrett. ANNIE WAS WARNED. Knopf, 2003. K-2
Annie was warned to stay away from the scary mansion but she makes the creepy crawley trip anyway. Just the right shivers for young listeners.

O'Neill, Mary. THE SOUND OF DAY, THE SOUND OF NIGHT. Illus by Cynthia Jabar. Farrar, 2003. Gr PreK-2
Brainstorm: what are day sounds? night sounds? Share this book to find out. .

Regan, Lara-Jo. A WINKLE IN TIME. Random House, 2003. Gr K-3.
Mr. Winkle ventures off histoy's beaten path to sniff out some of the world's forgotten champions and visionaries.

Shannon, George. LIZARD'S GUEST. Illus by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr K-2
When Lizard steps on Skunk's toe, Skunk won't forget it, but Lizard makes things right no matter what it takes.

Smith, Linda. THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOT. Illus. by Jane Manning. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
An old woman wants to get rid of the noisy chidren who move in next door but finds her solution is worse than the original problem.

Spinelli, Eileen. THREE PEBBLES AND A SONG. Illus. by S.D. Schindler. Dial, 2003. Gr K-2
A small mouse sets out to gather things for winter but the things he brings home seem useless..or are they?

Stamaty, Mark Alan. WHO NEEDS DONUTS? Knopf, 2003. Gr 3-6
Sam helps a man collect donuts in a wagon. When the man falls in love and marries he gives the wagon and donuts to Sam. But what will Sam do with them? "Who needs donuts," says an old woman, "When you've got love?"

Stanley, Diane. GOLDIE AND THE THREE BEARS. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr K-3
Goldie wants a friend, not one that is too bossy or boring or snobby or rough. One day she gets off the bus at the wrog stop, walks to a nearby cottage and discovers a new kind of friends.

Steig, William. CDC? Farrar, 2003. Gr 2-6
A re-issue of the popular word puzzle book done in color.

Yoken, Jane. THE FLYING WITCH. Illus by Vladmir Vagin. HarperCollins, 2003. Gr 1-3
A witch looking for plump young children to eat is o match for a feisty little girl.