||Nancy's picks for the best picture books
of Spring/Summer 2003. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2003.
Last updated: Friday, August 29, 2003
Molly. DAWN. Seastar, 2002. Gr 2-4
- A shipbuilder rescues a young woman who becomes
his bride but the making of sails for a special schooner reveals
an astonishing secret.
- Bright, Paul. QUIET! Illustrated by
Guy Parker-Rees. Orchard Books, 2003. Gr K-2
- Mama Lion was upset that baby Leo couldn't take
his nap, the jungle was too noisy! When PapaLion yelled 'Quiet' it
got as quiet as.... how many similes can students come up with?
- Casanova, Mary. ONE-DOG CANOE
. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt. Farrar, 2003.Gr K-2
- A canoe trip with a rhyming text ends with a
spash as the animals climb aboard one by one.
- Catalano, Dominic. MR BASSET PLAYS. Boyds Mill
- Wealthy Mr. Basset spends his days making
more money until he sees children playing in the park. He, too,
tries boats, sailing in a yacht, he buys paintings; a horse (too big);
and a symphony hall but he still isn't happy. What is he missing?
Shana. PLAYERS IN
PIGTAILS . Illustrated by
Rebecca Gibbon. Scholastic, 2003. Gr 2-4
- How one determined girl followed a dream and
became aplayer on the first-ever All American Girls Professional
Amanda. I CALL MY HAND
GENTLE . Illustrated by
Marina Sagona. Viking, 2003. K-3
- Name all the things a hand can do ( pick, hug,
throw,hold,pet, tickle, catch, build, hammer, write, count..all of
these things I choose. I choose not to steal, push, hurt, grab,
break.)....Excellent activity to combine fluency with character
- Hartman, Bob. GRUMBLEBUNNY. Illustrated by David Clark.
Putnams, 2003. Gr K-3
- When Grumblebunny, Cuddlemop Sweetsnuffle nd
Pretty are caught and tossed in wolf' stew pot, how can they
- Johnson, Spencer. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Illustrated by
Steve Pileggi. Putnam's, 2003. K-6
- An allegory. Who moved the cheese? Will it come
back or will the mice have to look for new cheese on unfamiliar
paths and around corners they have never explored?
SARAH .Illustrated by Ted Rand.
Putnam, 2003. K-6
- A great read-aloud for primary grades. A writing
model for upper grades. Colonial life retold two to three words at
a time: 'Homespun Sarah Braided head Warm quilt snuggle, Feather
- A shoemaker makes special shoes that make wishes
come true. Activity: Class book: What would trees wish for?
Paintbrushes? Snails? Tomatoes? Pot belly pigs?
Emily Snowell. SLEEPING
BUNNY . Illustrated by
Pamela Silin-Palmer. Random House, 2003. Gr K-3
- A beautifully illustrated tongue-in-cheek
retelling of a favorite tale. In this retelling, Beauty becomes
Bunny, the fairies are a rainbow of winged piglets, and the prince
is a glorious hare in golden armor.
Kevin. THE RUNAWAY
Illustrated by S. D.
Schindler. Scholastic, 2003. K-3
- Wonderful repeating pattern! Compare with 'The
Gingerbread Boy'. Create a pumpkin chant
- McCaughren, Geraldine. ONE BRIGHT PENNY . Illustrated
by Paul Howard. Viking, 2002. Gr 3-5
- How can a poor boy fill an entire barn with one
penny? Three sons try but only one is successful. A great
problem-solving story for young thinkers.
Tony. PLUM . Illustrated by Mary Grand. Pre
Scholastic, 2003. Gr 2-4
- A feast of poems, beautifully illustrated.
Wendell. AMERICA THE
- Each line of Katherine Lee Bates' poem is
illustrated. Choose other patriotic songs for children to
illustrate. Show with music as a Power Point presentation.
- Stojic, Manya. SNOW. Knoopf, 2002. Gr K-2
- A wonderful introduction to animals of the woods
and the five senses. Each small animal predicts the coming of snow
using sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
- Waber, Bernard. COURAGE. Houghton-Mifflin. 2002 Gr K-3
- Riding your bicycle for the first time without
training wheels is one kind of courage. There are many other kinds
shown with clever illustrations.
- Weiiglet, Udo. WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?
Illustrated by Maja Dusikova. NorthSouth Books, 2002. Gr K-3
- Little fox ignores a warning not to try to see
what is on the other side of the