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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Winter 2009-2010. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2010.
Last updated: Monday, February 01, 2010
Arnosky, Jim. I’M A TURKEY! Scholastic, 2009 Grades Pre K-2
Learn fun turkey facts with Tom the Turkey and his flock who are always on the lookout for hungry animals.

Barasch, Lynne. FIRST COME THE ZEBRA. Lee & Low 2009. Grades 1-3
A dangerous situation brings two boys together and turns enemies into friends.

Bunting, Eve. THE BANSHEE. Illustrated by Emily McCully. Clarion, 2009. Grades 2-4
A scary tale about a boy who must confront a banshee in spite of his fears.

dePaola, Tomie. STREGA NONA’S HARVEST. Putnam, 2009. Grades K-2
While Strega Nona’s garden is just perfect, Big Anthony’s garden turns out to be a jungle. What will they do with all these vegetables?

Donaldson, Julia. STICK MAN. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Scholastic, 2009. Grades PreK-2
The world is a dangerous place for a stick man. How many uses can people and animals find for a stick? Great repeating patterns.

Emberley, Rebecca, Adrian and Ed. THERE W AS AN OLD MONSTER. Orchard Books, 2009. Grades K-3
Sing along book featuring an old monster who swallowed a tick.

Falconer, Ian. OLIVIA FORMS A BAND. Atheneum, 2009.
Olivia decides to be the whole band for the July 4th picnic.

Franco, Betsy. POND CIRCLE. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. McElderry, 2009 Grades K-3
Pond creatures introduced using the “House that Jack Built” format.

Garland, Michael. MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY. Dutton, 2009. Grades K-3
Creepy characters leap out of a storybook and play with the children. The Headless Horseman gave rides. They played fetch with the Hound of the Baskervilles and Dracula told jokes. A fun Halloween romp!

Greathouse, Carol. THE DINOSAUR TAMER. Illustrated by John Shroades. Dutton, 2009. Grades 2-4
There isn’t a dinosaur in the land that would give Dinosaur Trainer Rocky trouble.

Jackson, Alison. DESERT ROSE AND HER HIGHFALUTIN HOG. Illustrated by Keith Graves Walker, 2009. Grades 1-3
A Texas take-off on The Old Woman and Her Pig, cleverly done.

Johnston, Tony. MY ABUELITA. Illustrated by Yuy Morales. Harcourt, 2009. Grades K-2
This amazing grandmother has a very important job. What could it be?

Lord, Cynthia. HOT ROD HAMSTER. Illustrated by Derek Anderson. Scholastic 2010. Grades K-3
A hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with help from a junkyard dealer and his mice assistants.

Miller, Bobbi. DAVY CROCKET GETS HITCHED. Illustrated by Megan Lloyd. Holiday House, 2009. Grades 2-4.
Davy must gather all his gumption to whirl his way into Miss Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind’s heart.

Myron, Vicki. DEWEY THERE’S A CAT IN THE LIBRARY. Illustrated by Steve James. Little Brown, 2009. Grades K-3
A cat is found in the book drop and adopts the library as its home.

Peck, Jan. WAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI. Illustrated by Valeria Petrone. Simon & Schuster, 2009. Grades K-2
Repeating rhymes introduce lots of jungle animals.

Salley, Colleen. EPOSSUMONDAS PLAYS POSSUM. Illustrated by Janet Stevens. Harcourt, 2009. Grades K-2
What’s a possum to do when he’s lost in a deep, dark swamp. Why didn’t he listen to his mama?

Sanderson, Ruth. GOLDILOCKS. Little Brown, 2009. Grades K-3
The traditional tale with a surprise ending. Porridge becomes blueberry muffins that Goldilocks and the bears make together.

Schur, Maxine. GULLIBLE GUS. Illustrated by Andrew Glass. Clarion, 2009. Grades 1-3
Who can teach Gus, who believes everything people tell him, the difference between the truth and a lie?

Von Buhler, Cynthia. BUT WHO WILL BELL THE CATS? Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Grades K-2
Mouse and bat want to join friends in the banquet hall but first must deal with the cats.

Wild, Margaret. PIGLET AND GRANNY. Illustrated. by Stephen King. Abrams, 2009. Grades PreK-2
Piglet has been waiting all day for her granny to visit.but what is taking so long? A charming but simple tale of one who must wait patiently.