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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Winter 2010-2011. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2011.
Last updated: Monday, January 10, 2011
Alley, Zoe. FIVE CLASSIC TALES Illustrated by R.W. Alley. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. Grades K-3
Five classic tales retold comic book style.

Elya, Susan RUBIA AND THE THREE OSAS. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Hyperion, 2011.
A Three Bears with a mixture of Spanish and English words.

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Illustrated by Christopher Bing. Chronicle Books, 2010. Grades Pre K-2
Two versions of the tale lavishly illustrated.

Hoberman, Mary Ann. YOU READ TO ME AND I’LL READ TO YOU. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. Little Brown, 2010. Grades 1-3
Very short fables to read together.

Huling, Jan. OL BLOO'S BOOGIE WOOIE BAND AND BLUES ENSEMBLE. Illustrated by Henri Sorensen. Peachtree, 2010. Grades 1-3
A modern retelling of the Bremen Town Musicians.

Jay, Alison. THE NUT CRACKER. Dial, 2010. Grades 2-6
A beautifully illustrated edition of the traditional Christmas tale.

Juster, Norton. THE ODIOUS OGRE. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Scholastic, 2010. Grades K-3
A rotten ogre terrorizes the countryside until he meets a kind young lady.

Kimmel, Eric. THE SPIDER'S GIFT: A Ukrainian Christmas Story. Retold by Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Kaya Krenina. Holiday House, 2010. Grades 2-4
Imagine a Christmas tree decorated with spiders!

Lies, Brian. BATS AT THE BALLGAME. Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Grades 1-3
In lilting verse discover how bats win the ballgame by swooping base to base.

Muth, John. ZEN GHOSTS. Scholastic, 2010. Grades 2-4
Stillwater, the panda, tells a Zen ghost story.

Raczka, Bob. GUYKU. Illustrated by Peter Reynolds. Houghton-Mifflin, 2010. Grades 3-5
A year of Haiku for boys. ["Last week's snowman looks] [under the weather. Must be] [a spring allergy."]

Rumford, James. RAIN SCHOOL. Houghton-Mifflin, 2010. Grades 1-2
The excited children attend their first day of school in Chad to discover no classrooms, no desks. Just a teacher.

Say, Allan. THE BOY IN THE GARDEN. Houghton-Mifflin, 2010. Grades K-3
A haunting Japanese legend about a boy, a crane and a garden.

Smith, Lane. IT'S A BOOK Roaring Brook Press, 2020. All ages
A fun spoof of computers!

Wallace, Carol. THE PUMPKIN MYSTERY. Illustrated By Steve Bjorkman. Holiday House, 2010. Grades K-2
A cat and a dog must discover why the pumpkins won't grow.

Yee, Wong Herbert. MOUSE AND MOLE: A WINTER WONDERLAND. Houghton-Mifflin, 2010. Grades K-2
An easy reader about Mouse and Mole who have trouble getting together when one likes outdoor winter sports and the other wants to stay indoors.