||Nancy's picks for the best picture books
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
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,
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
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?