Books by Nadine Bernard Westcott

WHAT'S IN THERE? by Robie H. Harris
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Clear, direct and anatomically correct; an excellent entryway for the many anticipated questions about childbirth. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
The third installment in the Let's Talk About You and Me series finds Harris back where adults expect to find her—discussing the human body for the youngest set. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A welcome addition. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Harris and Westcott, who previously collaborated on Who Has What? All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies (2011), return with another matter-of-fact and sensitive informational book, this time not about the human body and sexuality, but about human families and relationships. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This much-needed title stands out for its comfortably familiar presentation of material adults sometime find difficult to share with young children. (Informational picture book. 2-6) "
A family outing to the beach provides the opportunity for a discussion of the similarities and differences between boys and girls. Read full book review >
UP, DOWN, AND AROUND by Katherine Ayres
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inside a colorful garden, some plants "grow up," while others "grow down, and still others grow "around and around." Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Oct. 4, 2006

"Silly Dilly Manners Songs, 2006), this may make its case for civilized behavior indirectly, but even dimmer readers will 'getiquette.' (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
"So if you're smart, you'll read my book / Of modern children's etiquette. / If you don't, I'm sad to say— / Your life will be pathetiquette." Read full book review >
TO THE BEACH! by Linda Ashman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2005

"Wouldn't it be nice? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who ever remembers to bring all that is needed for a day at the beach? Read full book review >
HELLO, SNOW! by Hope Vestergaard
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2004

"Typically, Westcott adds a lot to whatever else is going on and listeners will enjoy finding funny bits as well as watching that cat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Peering out her window into a world of whiteness, one little girl can't resist the call of the snow. Read full book review >
APRIL FOOLISHNESS by Teresa Bateman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Okay, so Grandpa is a chump. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa's no chump. Read full book review >
SUPERMARKET! by Charlotte Doyle
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Little ones will love this. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Riding high in a shopping cart, a toddler tears up the grocery store in this satisfying romp. Read full book review >
OH MY GOSH, MRS. MCNOSH! by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"MPSLUGMRS McNosh. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In the third installment of the Mrs. McNosh series (Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash, 2000, etc.), the titular heroine encounters a series of surprises when her dog, George, chases a squirrel through the park. Read full book review >
SHE DID IT! by Jennifer A. Ericsson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 2002

"A bushel-full of fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A quartet of sisters wreaks merry mayhem in this mirthful tale of sibling life and strife. Read full book review >
BILL GROGAN’S GOAT by Mary Ann Hoberman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 2001

Keeping the rhythm and rhyme of the familiar song, Hoberman (The Looking Book, below, etc.) updates and extends its ending. Read full book review >
FARM FLU by Teresa Bateman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Westcott's comical, colorful illustrations work just right with this charming piece of tomfoolery, which ought to strike a few chords with young readers; that or it will give them a few ideas. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The case of galloping flu seems to be striking the farmyard in this sweet-hearted tribute to that refrain that gets a tentative airing right before the school bus is to arrive: "I'm not feeling good." Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"But with Sloat's frisky rhymed text and Westcott's sunny watercolor cartoons, it's even more clearly a breezy lesson in compassion. (Picture book. 5-7)"
It's baaaaad news for the sheep when Farmer Brown (The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown, 1995) brings out the shears. Read full book review >
THE EENSY-WEENSY SPIDER by Mary Ann Hoberman
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Begging to be read aloud, this is a sure-fire hit for story time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers all know that the eensy-weensy spider went up the spout again, but then what did she do? Read full book review >
HELLO TOES! HELLO FEET! by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's a sweet, completely realized concept, modest in ambition but in perfect accord with readers' interests and perspectives. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A jolly rhyming text follows a preschooler through her day, as she, in turn, follows her feet. Read full book review >
DO COWBOYS RIDE BIKES? by Kathy Tucker
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"While children will enjoy the fluff, they won't come away with much to chew on from this heapin' helpin' of Old West nonsense. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tucker and Westcott (Do Pirates Take Baths?, 1994, not reviewed) turn to the cowboy life in rollicking verse and pictures. Read full book review >
OH, CATS! by Nola Buck
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"It can't be easy to make so few words add up to so much fun, but Buck and Westcott have done it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book that is a pleasure to read once and again—Buck (Sid and Sam, p. 65, etc.) scores with this entry in the My First I Can Read Book series. Read full book review >
THE BEST VACATION EVER by Stuart J. Murphy
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Serviceable fare. (Picture book. 6-11)"
This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process. Read full book review >
OH, GROW UP! by Florence Parry Heide
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1996

Twenty-nine funny poems about the everyday indignities of childhood, from braces and hand-me-downs to the rigors of family and school life: ``Could anything be drearier/than the food in the school cafeteria?'' Westcott's bright, zany ink-and-watercolor illustrations and hand-lettered titles get right into the poems, sometimes encasing lines in dialogue balloons, sometimes adding an extra element to the drama, as in ``Danger: Overload,'' in which a busy mother fires a list of chores at her daughter, who then gets them hopelessly mixed up. Read full book review >
THE HIPPO HOP by Christine Loomis
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A modest, preschool-sized helping of zoology enjoyably insinuated in verse to chant out loud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The pace is swift and the mood upbeat in this be-bopping introduction to creatures both familiar and strange. Read full book review >
ROUND AND ROUND AGAIN by Nancy van Laan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"The end result is a humorous book about the afterlife of everyday objects, and a creative look at an important issue. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
This spirited book celebrates the joys of recycling. Read full book review >
NEVER TAKE A PIG TO LUNCH by Nadine Bernard  Westcott
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Index. (Poetry. 6-11)"
There isn't a child on earth who won't sample, snack, and nibble with delight at this delicious smorgasbord of more than 60 poems. Read full book review >
FAMOUS SEAWEED SOUP by Antoinette Truglio Martin
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In her first book, Martin structures a family visit to the beach around a clever inversion of ``The Little Red Hen.'' Nobody helps Sara make her soup of seaweed (two kinds), snails, and ``smelly stuff'' from a beachcombing—her parents are busy putting on sunscreen, fixing lunch, taking care of the baby, or reading. Read full book review >
KATHY'S HATS by Trudy Krisher
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An author's note sets the book in this context and explains that it is based on her own daughter's experience; Westcott's perceptive, freely drawn illustrations are painted in cheerfully attractive colors. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Kathy describes the hats she's worn since she was a baby- -winter cap, sunbonnet, Easter finery—until the year she gets cancer and chemotherapy leaves her with a new need for hats that makes her dislike them for the first time. Read full book review >
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE! by Nancy van Laan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Point made, gently but effectively. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Frenetic verse sums up a city's activity: ``People racing round the town,/Going up!/Going down!''—running for the bus, dashing to walk the dog, crowding around vendors, building ever- taller buildings, working, parading, even tangling clotheslines that run between buildings. Read full book review >
A REAL NICE CLAMBAKE by Oscar Hammerstein
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 1992

"Not really necessary, but fun. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A New England tradition is celebrated in a lengthy song from Carousel (1945), with the sort of imaginative lyrics and lusty melody that made the old-time Broadway musical a legend. Read full book review >
THE LION WHO HAD ASTHMA by Jonathan London
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Westcott's colorful, lightly sketched illustrations deftly express Sean's feelings through his own body language and that of his animal friends. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``Sean is a lion roaring in the jungle...At suppertime, he's a GIANT munching trees.'' Each double spread shows a lively little boy at the left (the trees are broccoli) and the vibrant creature he imagines himself to be at the right. Read full book review >
THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG by Michael Flanders
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Theater-goers may remember this deftly phrased song from the duo's delightful show, At the Drop of a Hat (1959). Read full book review >
THE HEY HEY MAN by Nadine Bernard  Westcott
Released: Sept. 20, 1979

"This is told with Fleischman's usual read-aloudable colloquial punch, and illustrated in kind with a sorry-looking variety of critters and a flair for comic commotion."
Beware the Hey Hey Man, especially if you are a thief taking off with a boot full of gold. Read full book review >