||Nancy's picks for the best picture books
of Spring/Summer 2005. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2005.
Last updated: Sunday, May 01, 2005
- Armstrong, Jennifer. MAGNUS AT THE FIRE. Illustrated by Owen Smith. Simon & Schuster,
2005. Grades K-3
Magnus pulled the fire wagon until a
motorized fire truck arrives but refuses to be put out to pasture.
Dramatic illustrations and an exciting tale.
- Arnosky, Jim. COYOTE RAID IN CACTUS CANYON.
Putnam, 2005. Illustrated K-3
A gang of rowdy coyotes disturb life in the
canyon until a rattlesnake shows who is boss.
- Ashman, Linda. STARRY SAFARI. Illustrated by
Jeff Mack. Harcourt, 2005. Illustrated K-3
A wonderful rhyming predictable book about
a little girl who meets animals of Africa on a safari in a jeep.
- Beaumont, Karen. I AIN'T GONNA PAINT NO MORE.
Illustrated by David Catrow. Harcourt, 2005. Illustrated K-3.
One child floods his world with
color..predictable rhyming words and repeating pattern.
- Choi, Yangsook. PEACH HEAVEN.Farraro, 2005.
On a day when the sky rains peaches, a
little girl finds herself in peach heaven.
- Crum, Shutta. THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE.
Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Knopf, 2005 K-3
A young skunk makes his way home through
the forest. Is he brave enough to keep robbers, pirates and ghosts
- Cushman, Doug. MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH.
Clarion, 2005. Grades 2-4
Here is a mystery sure to tickle the
funnybone. Lola Gale, the foxy singer at Club Sandwich has lost
her marbles. It is up to Nick Trunk, private detective to find
- DiPucchio, Kelly. LIBERTY'S JOURNEY. Illustrated
by Richard Egielski. Hyperion, 2004. Grades 2-4.
What if Lady Liberty stepped down off her
pedestal to explore the country? She receives such a warm welcome
eveywhere she goes that New Yorkers are afraid she won't return. A
delightful fantasy tale.
- Esbaum, Jill. Steeeeeamboat A-Comin! Farrar,
Good writing model shows the excitement of
the arrival of a steamboat in a sleepy river village. Great
introduction to Mark Twain.
- George, Lindsay Barrett. THE SECRET.Greenwillow,
2005. Illustrated K-2
The forest animals have a secret they
whisper to one another. Guess what it is! Bright, bold
illustrations and simple test for the youngest.
- Johnson, D.B. HENRY WORKS. Houghton Mifflin,
2005. Grades 2-4
Another beautifully illustrated account
of the nature-loving Henry Thoreau that reveals his most important
- Kirk, Connie Ann. SKY DANCERS. Illustrated by
Christy Hale. Lee & Low, 2004. Grades 1-3
The story of a Mohawk boy who sees his
father as a builder of the Empire State building. Based on the
history of the Mohawk steelworkers in 1930.
- Krupinski, Loretta. THE ROYAL MICE: THE SWORD AND THE HORN. Hyperion, Grades 2-4
Max, the royal cat attemps to chase the
mice from the castle but the clever mice have ideas of their own.
A delightful tale with magnificent illustrations.
- Lester, Helen. HURTY FEELINGS. Illustrated by
Lynn Mussinger. Houghton-Mifflin, 2005. Illustrated K-3
Fragility, the hippo, had her feelings so
easily hurt that other animals avoided her until she meets Rudy
the elephant..a big bully.
- Nolen, Jerdine. HEWITT ANDERSON'S GREAT BIG LIFE. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Simon & Schuster,
2005. Grades 2-4.
Hewitt is sweet, smart and polite but is
very tiny and his parents are giants. How can he manage to live in
a world of big things?
- O'Connell, Kristine. ONE MITTEN. Illustrated by
Maggie Smith. Clarion Books, 2005. Illustrated K-3
Find out all the things you can do with
one mitten in this clever book.
- Priest, Robet. PIRATE'S EYE.Houghton-Mifflin,
What would it be like to see through
another's eyes? An exceptionally fine picture book that can be
shared on many levels.
- Robbins, Maria P. MOTHER, MOTHER I WANT ANOTHER. Knopf, 2005. Illustrated K-2
Mother Mouse thinks her baby wants another
mother and goes searching for one. A delightful story with a
- Shannon, George. WHITE IS FOR BLUEBERRY.
Illustrated by Laura Dronzek.. Greenwillow, 2005. Illustrated K-2
"White is for blueberry when still too
young to pick." A book about objects that change color depending
on when we look, how near and how far.
- Sweet, Melissa. CARMINE A LITTLE MORE RED.
Houghton-Mifflin,2005. Grades 1-2
An ABC book that tells an up-dated Red
Riding Hood story of a little girl seeking just the right hue for
- Thompson, Lauren. MOUSE'S FIRST SPRING.
Illustrated by Burket Erdogan. Simon & Schuster, 2005.
A fun guessing book as mouse discovers signs of spring.
- Thompson, Sarah L. IMAGINE A DAY. Paintings by
Rob Gonsalves. Atheneum 2004. Grades 2-6
- Imagine a day when...The
imaginative paintings can inspire creative writing.
- Willis, Jean. MISEREY MOO. Illustrated by
Tony Ross. Holt, 2005. Grades PreK-2
A great read aloud about an old cow who
finds nothing to be happy about until her friend, lamb, gets
- Zalben, Jane. HEY, MAMA GOOSE. Illustrated
by Emile Chollat. Dutton, 2005. Illustrated K-3
When the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe runs out of room this starts a game of musical houses for fairy tale and Mother Goose characters. A fun introduction to fairy tales and