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Picture books for older readers



Ammon, Bette DeBruyne., and Gale W. Sherman. "Preface." Worth a Thousand Words: an Annotated Guide to Picture Books for Older Readers. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1996.


 Fractured Fairy Tales & Adaptations


398.21 FRE


Snow White in New York / Fiona French

A modern version of the classic fairy tale. Snow White lives in New York and is a singer with seven jazzmen.


398.21 SCI

The true story of the 3 little pigs / Jon Scieszka

The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.


398.21 ERN

Little Red Riding Hood : a newfangled prairie tale / Lisa Campbell Ernst

An updated version, set on the prairie, of the familiar story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf.


398.21 JAC

Cinder Edna / Ellen Jackson

Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live next door to each other, each with a cruel stepmother and stepsisters, have different approaches to life. Although both end up with princes of their dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.


398.21 YOU

Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China / Ed Young

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.


398.21 GRA

Alex and the glass slipper = Cinderella / Amanda Graham

Two titles in one with Alex and the glass slipper and Cinderella on inverted pages.


398.21 TOL

Somebody and the three Blairs / Marilyn Tolhurst

In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out.


398.21 GEI

The three little fish and the big bad shark / Ken Geist

In this spoof of The three little pigs, Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to seek their fortunes. Jim builds a house of seaweed and Tim builds a house of sand, but it's up to Kim to find the house that will stop the big bad shark's munching and crunching.


398.21 PAL

Bad boys get cookie / Margie Palatini

Wolves Willy and Wally try to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving by dressing up as private eyes and chasing down a runaway cookie in this spoof of "The Gingerbread Man".


398.21 SAN

Sootface : an Ojibwa Cinderella story / retold by Robert D. San Souci

Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an aboriginal maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.


398.21 COL

Prince Cinders / Babette Cole

A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.



 Social Issues



Uncle Willy and the soup kitchen / DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.

813.54 BUN

Fly away home / Eve Bunting

A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

813.54 TAN

The arrival / Shaun Tan

In this worless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new coutnry, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

326 LES

From slave ship to freedom road / Julius Lester

Presents the author's meditations on twenty paintings by artist Rod Brown, designed to encourage reflection on the hardships faced by African-American slaves until their emancipation.

326 CAR

Night running : how James escaped with the help of his faithful dog / Elisa Carbone

A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virgina to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

813.54 LAR

Rabbit & Squirrel : a tale of war & peas / Kara LaReau

Rabbit and Squirrel are neighbors who never even say hello until someone starts damaging their gardens, and then they blame one another and start a fight that continues even after they meet the real culprit.

305.9 SHU

How I learned geography / Uri Shulevitz

As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author's childhood in Kazahkstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II.

577.4 OGA

Bobby Bluestem / Rhonda O'Grady

Relates the history of the Tall Grass Prairie from its use by the original inhabitants to the more recent threats to its existence.


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Cathy Cattail / Rhonda O'Grady

Cathy Cattail tells the story of a common marsh in a unique way. Through the eyes and adventures of a cattail named Cathy, we learn of the special relationship between a wetland, the wildlifeit supports, and the people who understand the value of its existence. However, as time goes by, the marsh begins to change. When Cathy is lost beneath a mountain of garbage, will anyone care enough to rescue her?


813.54 BRI

Ruby's wish / Shirin Yim Bridges

Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.

813.54 MUT

The three questions : based on a story by Leo Tolstoy / Jon J. Muth


  Brother Eagle, Sister Sky /
  Shin-chi's canoe /
The curious garden /
My painted house,
Jungle bullies
Do unto otters
I am Canada
A poppy is to remember
Mama Miti
Don't forget
The keeping quilt