Books by Nancy Cote

WHICH SHOES WOULD YOU CHOOSE?  by Besty R.  Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"While the scansion of the rhymes is a little off at times, it remains an enjoyable book for sharing, especially useful for that stubborn childhood stage when one pair of shoes becomes a particular favorite. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sherman is a young boy with many shoes, but not all of them fit every occasion. Read full book review >
THE LEPRECHAUN WHO LOST HIS RAINBOW by Sean Callahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An endnote discusses rainbows and the use of Roy G. Biv as a handy tool for remembering a rainbow's individual colors. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Colleen's grandfather is set to play the bagpipes in the St. Read full book review >
JACKSON’S BLANKET by Nancy Cote
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"With a non-preachy and empowering ending, this story will certainly ring true to those ready (or not quite) to give up their loveys. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's nothing not to like in this sweet tale of a boy who needs to give up his beloved blanket. Read full book review >
BIG MAMA’S BABY by Lacy Finn Borgo
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"As kids are known to ask: 'Can't we keep him, Mama?' (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a pet reaches full size, you don't just hand it walking papers—even when it's a bull and even when you don't live on a farm. Read full book review >
MAKAYLA CARES ABOUT OTHERS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Cote's sunny colors add the right touches for a story that feels just right. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though the message is what matters most in this series from—how we best ought to carry ourselves (honesty, responsibility, respect and forgiveness being some of the topics covered)—all the good intentions would fall flat without an appealing storyline. Read full book review >
MRS. FICKLE’S PICKLES by Lori Ries
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"The simplicity of this breezy rural story will invite repeat readings and a slurp or two of anticipation. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ries follows a pickle grower step-by-step from buying the seed to eating the pickles she loves. Read full book review >
GOOD NEIGHBOR NICHOLAS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A spoonful of sugar pleasantly offered. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Way I Act series makes no bones about its mission: character development, with special emphasis on moments of understanding, of connecting the dots. Read full book review >
IT’S ALL ABOUT ME! by Nancy Cote
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A wonderfully sweet look at the challenges and benefits of adding children to the family, from the perspective of someone with experience. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A first-born child learns that family life just might not be all about him . . . and that might not be so bad. Read full book review >
TAP-DANCE FEVER by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Stand back, Radio City Rockettes: This silly fun will have kids dancing in the aisles. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Annabelle Applegate is the tap-dancingest girl in Fiddler's Creek. Read full book review >
MRS. GREENBERG’S MESSY HANUKKAH by Linda Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Kids will be shaking their heads in mild amusement happy that Rachel's efforts do bring home the 'feel of Hanukkah.' (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's the first night of Hanukkah and Rachel, introduced in The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes (1997), is again looking to share it with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg. Read full book review >
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, JENNY SWEENEY! by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"To close, Kimmelman has composed a page of facts about the Fourth: the reason for the design of the flag, key players behind the Declaration of Independence, the national bird, and the Liberty Bell. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Kimmelman and Cote (Round the Turkey, 2002) look at another holiday with a fairly clumsy, if well-intentioned, salute to the Fourth of July. Read full book review >
ROUND THE TURKEY by Leslie Kimmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Brightly colored cartoon illustrations range from spots to a full-page spread and are rather busy, but they reflect the excitement of a family holiday. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
As 20 members of an extended family gather for the Thanksgiving feast, a poem by each describes thoughts of thanksgiving or a story each wants to share. Read full book review >
GRETCHEN GROUNDHOG, IT'S YOUR DAY! by Abby Levine
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday. Read full book review >
THE CAN-DO THANKSGIVING by Marion Hess Pomeranc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story is driven by good intentions rather than character and plot; Cote's amiable illustrations feature a multicultural cast, but also gloss over and further trivialize the problems of the homeless and the hungry. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A feel-good title that nearly collapses under the weight of its sincerity. Read full book review >
FLIP-FLOPS by Nancy Cote
by Nancy Cote, illustrated by Nancy Cote
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Appealing beach scenes in sunny colors take the lightweight concept as far as it can go, but amiably. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The premise is a bit of a stretch, but Cote's book about the creative potential inherent in even the most unpromising article—in this case a single flip-flop'speaks for wide applications. Read full book review >
RUBY'S STORM by Amy Hest
by Amy Hest, illustrated by Nancy Cote
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Red Riding Hood''; readers will also enjoy comparing Ruby with Steig's Brave Irene (1986), who confronts her storm in a more substantial plot and quite a different mood. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's wet and windy, but Ruby's undaunted; she packs checkers and a snack into a basket, slips on her yellow poncho and boots, kisses Mama goodbye, and sets out through the gusty weather that's darkening her city neighborhood, blowing newspapers and umbrellas, and pelting chilly passersby with spring rain. Read full book review >
PALM TREES by Nancy Cote
by Nancy Cote, illustrated by Nancy Cote
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"A likable debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mama's at work, and the damp August air makes Millie's hair hard to fix by herself; still, she's pleased with the effect she creates with two rubber bands—until Renee laughs and says, ``You've got palm trees on top of your head.'' Mortified, Millie runs home, but she's soon followed by her friend, sporting three ``palm trees'' and prepared to spend the day playing with their hair. Read full book review >