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

Ashman, Linda. M IS FOR MISCHIEF. Illustrated By Nancy Carpenter. Dutton, 2008. Grades 1-4
An A-Z book of naughty children using alliteration.

Base, Graeme. ENIGMA: A MAGICAL MYSTERY. Abrams 2008. Grades 3-6
Berties' grandpa, a retired magician, finds all his equipment missing, Bertie must solve the mystery.

Beil, Karen. JACK'S HOUSE. Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. Holiday House, 2008. Grades k-2
A new twist on an old tale using all the machines it takes to build a house.

Brett, Jan. GINGERBREAD FRIENDS. Putnam, 2008. Grades Pre K-2
Gingerbread Baby sets out on an adventure to find a friend just his size.

Cox, Judy. ONE IS A FEAST FOR A MOUSE. Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Holiday House, 2009. Grades K-2
A charming tale about a small mouse and leftovers from a Thanksgiving feast.

DeBrunhoff, Laurent. BABAR COMES TO AMERICA. Reissued by Abrams, 2008. Grades K-3
Babar is invited to meet the president of the United States so he packs up his family to see the sights.

DeBrunhoff, Laurent BABAR'S U.S. A. Abrams, 2008. Grades k-3
Babar takes along his digital camera as he and his family sightsee the United States from east to west.

Delessert, Etienne. BIG AND BAD. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Grades k-2
Nothing can stop the Big and Bad wolf, not the crows or the moles or the beavers. When it seems the wolf will eat everything on the planet, a pair of cats come up with a plan to do away with the wolf with the help of three pigs.

Foreman, Michael. THE LITTLEST DINOSAUR. Walker, 2008. Grades k-2
Being very tiny might get one stepped on. The little dinosaur wants to find a friend just his size.

Garland, Michael. AMERICANA ADVENTURE. Dutton, 2008. Grades 2-4
Tommy goes on a cross country adventure seeing many of the nation's historic places. Famous people and hidden objects appear on most pages.

Harshman, Tracey Webb. DOES A SEA COW SAY MOO? Illustrated by George McClements. Bloomsbury, 2008. Grades K-3
A play on ocean words. Can you saddle a sea horse? Do oysters sleep in beds?

Hector, Julian. THE LITTLE MATADOR. Hyperion,2008. Grades K-3
The little matador wants to draw pictures, his parents want him to fight bulls. The bullfight has a most unexpected ending.

Hobbie, Holly. FANNY. Little Brown, 2008. Grades K-2
When Fanny can't have the glamour doll she wants, she makes Annabelle who turns out to be really something!

Jackson, Alison. THEA'S TREE. Illustrated by Janet Pederson. Dutton, 2008. Grades 1-4.
Thea asks many experts about her strange tree. It has a golden egg and a singing harp beside it but none of the experts can identify the tree for her.

Marciano,John Bemelmens, MADELINE AND THE CATS OF ROME. Viking, 2008. Grades K-2
Madeline and her classmates stroll through Rome when they encounter a thief. This leads to a chase and too many cats!

McCan, Dan. BALLOON ON THE MOON. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Walker, 2008. Grades K-2.
Jake volunteers to undertake a space mission to rescue his brother' balloon from the moon.

McClintock, Barbara, ADELE & SIMON IN AMERICA, Farrar, 2008. Grades 1-3
Adele and Simon have just arrived in America & explore the splendor of the U.S. from Boston to San Francisco.

Muecke, Anne. DINOSAUR'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Illustrated by Nathan Hale. Chronicle Books, 2008. Grades 1-4
A fun parody that will appeal to dinosaur fans.

Pederson, Janet. HOUDINI THE AMAZING CATERPILLAR. Clarion, 2008. Grades k-3
When an audience becomes bored with Houdini's tricks he has to come up with a new act.

Pinkwater, Daniel. BEAR'S PICTURE. Illustrated by D. B. Johnson. Houghtonn-Mifflin, 2008. Grades K-2.
No one seems to know what bear's picture is all about but, as bear says, "they don't have to, it's my picture."

Silverman, Erica. THERE WAS A WEE WOMAN. Illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. Farrar, 2008.
The shoe is too crowded and the old woman and her children encounter many difficulties in finding a new home that is large enough.

Swanson, Susan Marie. THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. Houghton-Mifflin, 2008. Grades K-2
A cumulative tale featuring nighttime things.

Smith, Lane. MADAM PRESIDENT. Hyperion, 2008. Grades 2-4
A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were the president.

Thomas, Helen. THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE BREAKOUT. Illustrated by Chip Bok. Dial, 2008. Grades 1-2
Living in the White House might be fun if your mom is the president. Then again, it might not. What if you could bust out of the White House and take a grand tour of Washington?