The Picture Book Almanac
Picture Books and Activities to Celebrate 365 Familiar and Unusual Holidays
by Nancy J. Polette
November 2015, 187pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4276-4
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Written by well-known author and educator Nancy Polette, The Picture Book Almanac makes it easy to always have the perfect picture book and fun activity ready for any day of the year.

This essential guide has exactly the right books to help you celebrate special days throughout the year—even 'holidays' you've never heard of—and provides hundreds of fun titles and activities that could inspire your students to become life-long readers.

Young students need to continually be presented with a vast variety of types of books, authors, illustrators, and subject matter in order to find the perfect concept or image that sparks their imagination, takes their comprehension to a new level, or helps them turn the corner to becoming a book lover. Nancy J. Polette’s The Picture Book Almanac: Picture Books and Activities to Celebrate 365 Familiar and Unusual Holidays can be used year-round as a key to open that great literary treasure vault.

The books Polette has painstakingly selected for their value as learning opportunities tie into both familiar and unusual holidays, ranging from official, nationally recognized holidays to obscure ones such as Milk Day and Thesaurus Day. The daily featured book titles cover the classics, such as books in the Paddington Bear series and Cinderella to outstanding current and just-published titles, collectively representing the best choices for collection building over time. This book is an excellent tool for collection development as well as an indispensable resource for reading teachers and classroom teachers.


  • Includes more than 365 recommended picture books selected for their genuine worth as well as for their diversity
  • Offers fun, quick, and easily completed activities coordinated to daily holidays throughout the year
  • Provides a useful resource for anyone who works with young children in schools, public libraries, or in the home, for those new to picture books and experienced veterans alike
  • Helps educators to stress the joy of reading and enable students to learn new and interesting things every day of the year
Nancy J. Polette is professor emeritus at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. She is the author of more than 150 professional books, including Libraries Unlimited's Teaching Economic Concepts with Picture Books and Junior Novels; Stop the Copying with Wild and Wacky Research Projects; Books Every Child Should Know: The Literature Quiz Book; Teaching Thinking Skills with Picture Books, K–3; and Literature Lures: Using Picture Books and Novels to Motivate Middle School Readers. Polette is winner of the Texas Legacy Award for her publications for gifted children and of the Mom's Choice 2012 Gold Seal International Award for The Spy with the Wooden Leg: The Story of Virginia Hall. She is a regular speaker at library, reading, and gifted conferences. Her website is


"The book would make a great addition to any children’s librarian or elementary educator’s reference shelf and could be useful for those home-schooling or caring for children at home as well."—ProtoView, December 17, 2015
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