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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Winter 2007-2008. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2008.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Agee, Jon. NOTHING. Hyperion, 2007. Grades K-2
"What's for sale?" asks Susie Gump to Otis, the antique dealer. "Nothing," he replies which set off a series of sales for those who want to buy nothing. After all, if one has everything, nothing is the only thing left to buy.

Applegate, Katherine. THE BUFFALO STORM. Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. Clarion Books, 2007. Grades 2-4
Hallie witnesses a fierce storm while traveling west with a wagon train and frees a trapped buffalo calf.

Coville, Bruce. HANS BRINKER. Illustrated by Laurel Long. Dial, 2007. Grades 3-5
A beautifully illustrated retelling of a classic tale.

DiPucchino, Kelly. GRACE FOR PRESIDENT. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Hyperion, 2008. Grades 2-4
Grace is determined to be the first female president in her school's mock election. During the tough race children learn about the American electoral system and the value of hard work.

Donaldson,Julia. WHERE'S MY MOM? Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Dial, 2008.
A winner! Butterfly tries to help monkey find his mother with hilarious results.

Flaherty, AW. THE LUCK OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. Illustrated by Scott Magoon. Houghton Mifflin, 2007 Grades 1-3
A small worm follows an ocean liner, eating the oatmeal tossed out a porthole by a little girl. By the time the ship reaches Scotland the work has grown into the Loch Ness monster!

Hale, Bruce. SNORING BEAUTY. Illustrated by Howard Fine. Harcourt, 2008. Grades 1-4
A magnificently illustrated parody of a familiar tale when this princess will be run over by a pie wagon and turn into a sleeping dragon.

Horowitz, Dave. Twenty-Six Princesses. Putnam, 2008. Grades K-2
Twenty six ABC princesses are getting ready for frog's party. A clever alphabet book.

Isadora, Rachel. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE. Putnam, 2008. Grades 1-3
A retelling of a familiar tale with an African motif.

Kerby, Mona. OWNEY THE MAIL POUCH POOCH. Illustrated by Lynne Barasch. Farrar, 2008. Grades K-3.
Based on a true account of a dog who guarded the mail in Albany, NY and in trains that traveled all over the country.

Kimmel, Eric. STORMY'S HAT Illustrated by Andrea U'Ren. Farrar, 2008. Grades K-2
Railroad man, Stormy, tries on many hats before finding just the right one.

LaReau, Kara. RABBIT AND SQUIRREL: A TALE OF WAR AND PEAS. Harcourt, 2008. Grades K-3
Rabbit and Squirrel each accuse the other of raiding their gardens and war is declared until the day that both find they have a much larger adversary.

Lord, Michelle. A SONG FOR CAMBODIA. Illustrated By Shino Arihara. Lee & Low, 2008. Grades 2-4
When Arn's Cambodian village is invaded by soldiers, Arn is taken to a children's work camp where he works long hours in the rice fields with little food. When guards ask for volunteers to play music, Arn raises his hand, a choice that changes the course of his life.

Lowell, Susan. THE ELEPHANT QUILT. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008. Grades 1-3
Stitch by stitch Lily Rose and her grandma sew their adventure traveling to California in 1859.

McElligott, Matthew. BLACKBEARD, PIRATE FOR HIRE. WALKER, 2008. Grades 1-3
What kind of job can a dirty, smelly ex-pirate find?

Millard, Glenda. KAITO'S CLOTH. Illustrated by Gaye Capman. Philomel, 2008. Grades 1-3.
Illustrations to look at again and again as Kaito is determined to see her butterflies in flight one last time. /font>

O'Malley, Kevin, CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE SPACE PIRATES. Illustrated by Pattrick O'Brien. Walker, 2008. Grades 2-4
Imagine dinosaurs in space and throughout the galaxy. A winner for dinosaur buffs.

O'Malley, Kevin. GIMME CRACKED CORN AND I WILL SHARE. Walker, 2008. Grades 2-4
A chicken has a dream about buried treasure and sets out to find it...filled with puns and corny jokes.

Sanderson, Ruth. MOTHER GOOSE AND FRIENDS. Little Brown, 2008. Grades Pre K-2
A beautifully illustrated new edition of Mother Goose rhymes.

Trewin, Trudy. I LOST MY KISSES. Illustrated by Nick Bland. Orchard Books, 2008. Grades K-2
Matilda Rose is determined to find her kisses before her father comes home, but where does one look?