Books by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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

A family outing to the beach provides the opportunity for a discussion of the similarities and differences between boys and girls.

In a conversation between a pair of mixed-race preschoolers securely strapped in their car seats, Nellie's play on the words "everybody" and "every body" leads Gus to wondering about body parts. Read full book review >

UP, DOWN, AND AROUND by Katherine Ayres
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

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

"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

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

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

Grandpa's no chump. Read full book review >

SUPERMARKET! by Charlotte Doyle
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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. With a careful economy of words, Buck tells of a hopeful relationship between a girl and three cats. Read full book review >

THE BEST VACATION EVER by Stuart J. Murphy
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process. A girl with an active, overscheduled family puts math to work to coordinate a family expedition. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

``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 >