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Nancy's picks for the best picture books of Spring / Summer 2011. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2011.
Compestine, Ying Chang. THE RUNAWAY WOK. Illustrated by Sebastia Serra. Dutton, 2011. Grades K-3
A runaway wok rolls out of Ming’s house and returns full of food for Ming’s family with more than enough to share. A Chinese New Year Tale.

Gall, Chris. SUBSTITUTE CREACHER. Little Brown, 2011. Grades 2-4
A seven tentacled, yellow spotted monster shows up as a substitute teacher to change the children’s wicked ways.

Dodd, Emma. MEOW SAID THE COW. Arthur Levine Books, 2011. Grades Pre K-2
The sheep are barking, the chickens are oinking, only the cat is having fun. Is this mischief his fault? Can it be undone?

Garland, Michael. MISS SMITH UNDER THE OCEAN. Dutton, 2011. Grades 1-3
Nautical characters, Long John Silver, Swiss Family Robinson and others come to life in this reading adventure.

Hill, Susan. BLACK BEAUTY AND THE THUNDERSTORM. MacMillan, 2011. Grades 2-3
A simplified excerpt from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

Holmes, Janet A. HAVE YOU SEEN Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley. Scholastic, 2011. Grades PreK-1
What happens when a little boy loses his precious stuffed duck? Nothing else will do to share his day and his bed at night. Where could duck be? Ask for many ideas.

Kay, Verla. HORNBOOKS AND INKWELLS. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. Grades 1-3
Life in an 18th century school house as two boys get into plenty of mischief. Told in verse.

Laminack, Lester. THREE HENS AND A PEACOCK. Illustrated by Henry Cole. Peachtree, 2011. Grades K-2
Everything was quiet on the Tucker’s farm until the day the peacock showed up and three unhappy hens protest.

Lemaitre, Pascal. BULLDOG’S BIG DAY. Scholastic, 2011. Grades PreK-2
Bulldog searches for a new job, baking some cookies and going to see Giraffe, the firefighter, Spider, the window washer, Moose, the painter and Elephant the bookseller. What will be the best job for Bulldog?

Lichtenheld, Tom. CLOUDETTE.. Henry Holt, 2011. Grades PreK-2
Cloudette learns that no matter how small she is, she can make a difference and accomplish big things.

Long, Ethan. CHAMELIA. Little Brown, 2011. Grades Pre K-2
Chamelia loves being the center of attention. But when standing out means being left out, can she learn to share the spotlight?

Marciano, John Bemelmens. MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. Viking, 2011. Grades K-3
Madeline and her friends visit the president’s lonely daughter at the White House and take art in many activities and see many sights of Washington, D.C.

McDonnell, Christine. GOYANGI MEANS CAT. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Viking, 2011. Grades PreK-2
A Korean child feels lost in her new country and takes comfort inher cat until it disappears. A touching story of a loving home.

McPhail, David. WADDLES. Abrams, 2011. Grades PreK-2
This young raccoon eats so much that his ace turns into a waddle but learns that love and friendship are the only things that can make one truly “full.”

Raynr, Catherine. THE BEAR WHO SHARED. DIAL, 2011. Grades PreK-2
The last ripe fruit is ready to fell from the trees. Who will get it? Bear, raccoon or mouse? A gentle sharing story.

Metzger, Steve. DETECTIVE BLUE. Illustrated by Ted Arnold. Orchard Books, 2011 Grades K-3
Detective Blue solves mysteries with the help of his nursery rhyme friends.

Savage, Stephen. WHERE’S WALRUS? Scholastic, 2011. Grades PreK-1
Walrus escapes from the zoo and disguises himself as a firefighter, a businessman, a dancer, a builder and even a fashion model. Will the zookeeper find Walrus..will the young reader recognize Walrus in his many different roles?

Schachner, Judy. SKIPPY JOHN JONES CLASS Dutton, 2011. Grades PreK-2
Action at a school for dogs of all kinds when Skippy confronts a bully.

Stead, Philip. A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE Illustrated by Erin Stead. Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
Caldecott winner! Amos who takes care of the zoo animals has a sick day and the worried animals take care of Amos. A charming story of friendship.

Wardlaw, Lee. WON TON. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt, 2011. Grades 3-6
A cat tale told in Haiku.