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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Winter 2011-2012. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2012.
Agee, Jon. MY RHINOSCEROS. Scholastic, 2011. Grades PreK-2
What are all the things a rhinoceros can do if you had one for a pet?
Bunting, Eve. TWEAK, TWEAK. Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Clarion, 2011. Grades PreK-K
An excellent choice for pre-school this is the tale of a little elephant who tweaks his mother’s tail each time he has a question and his questions are many!
Burkert, Rand. MOUSE AND LION. Illustrated by Nancy E. Burkert. Scholastic, 2011. Grades Pre K-2
A beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Aesop’s Fable.
Carle, Eric. TOM THUMB. Scholastic, 2011. Grades K-4
Grimm tales, Tom Thumb, Fisherman and his Wife, Hans in Luck and The Seven Swans retold and illustrated by Eric Carle.
DePaola, Tomie. STREGA NONA’S GIFT. Penguin, 2011 Grades K-3
When Big Anthony smells delicious holiday treats he decides to take just a taste and is in trouble again! A delightful addition to the Strega Nona series.
DiTerlizzi, Angela. SAY WHAT? Illustrated by Joey Chou. Beach Lane Books, 2011. PreK-1
How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? Big, bold illustrations.
Dockray, Tracy. THE LOST AND FOUND PONY. Feiwel & Friends, 2011. Grades 1-3
A touching story of a small pony separated from the child who loves him as he is sent off to a new life in the circus...a once popular entertainment which is losing its audience.
Emmett, Jonathan. THE PRINCESS AND THE PIG. Illustrated by Poly Bernatene. Walker, 2011. Grades K-3
In a terrible mix-up the Princess switches places with the castle pig. Oh, my, what will happen now?
Galdone, Paul. THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, THE LITTLE RED HEN, THE THREE BEARS.
Each is an individual book in this classic series beautifully illustrated by the author.
Hassett, Ann and John. TOO MANY FROGS. Houghton-Mifflin, 2011. GRADES 1-3
When the water was drained from Nana Quimby’s cellar she found frogs everywhere. She tried putting them in the bathtub and the washing machine but there were too many! How can Nana Quimby solve her frog problem? A puzzle for young thinkers!
Jefffers, Susan. HANSEL AND GRETEL. Dutton, 2011. Ages 4-8
A beautifully illustrated version of the Grimm tale.
Juan, Ana. THE PET SHOP REVOLUTION Scholastic, 2011. Grades K-3
A unique solution to mistreated pet shop animals, a missing rabbit and a determined young girl. Beautifully illustrated .
Martin, Bill, Jr. TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane Books, 2011. Grades PreK-1
A delightful counting book with a surprise ending illustrated with bold shapes and colors.
Mason, Margaret. THESE HANDS. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. Grades 2-4
Joseph’s grandpa tells the boy of things his hands were once not allowed to do and how racial discrimination was overcome.
Morprgo, Michael. AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN. Feiwel & Friends, 2011. Grades 3-6
Refugees escaping Germany in World War II travel with an elephant. An outstanding book! Exciting and based on a true story.
Plourde, Lynn. DINO PETS GO TO SCHOOL. Illustrated by Gideon Kendall. Dutton, 2011. Grades 1-4
Something is wrong with each dino pet a boy brings to school..loudest, tallest, widest etc. until he finds exactly the right dinosaur.
Stevens, Janet. THE LITTLE RED PEN. Harcourt, 2011. Grades 2-4
A parody of The Little Red Hen when office tools refuse to help the Little Red Pen save the world.
Underwood, Deborah. THE LOUD BOOK. Illustrated by Renata Liwska. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. Grades PreK-1
A delightful concept book for preschool that introduces the many different kinds of loud.