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Purpose of My Website...
Hi! I am delighted that you have joined me at what I hope will be the "hot books" website for picture books, junior novels and juvenile non-fiction. Included are titles I believe to be among the best of the best.

Enjoy the many activities found in the picture book and novel literature guides and note that these activities can be used with other picture books and novels as well.

I look forward to hearing from you !
Nancy's books available on Amazon and other publishers.
The Spy with the Wooden Leg, Alma Little, 2012 Ages 10 and up.
The true story of Virginia Hall who, in World War II, despite a wooden leg, volunteered to drive an ambulance in France, rescued downed airmen, radioed vital informationto the Allies, and led three battalions of French Resistance forces in guerrilla warfare. Winner of the
  • International 2012 Gold Seal MOM'S Award
  • 2012 Silver Medal Moonbeam Award
  • The Midwest Independent Publishers AWARD (two gold medals) BOTH Science and Young Adult Non-Fiction and the silver medal Benjamin Franklin Award

Available at Elva Resa Publishers.

Teacher's Guide (MS Word document format)

Teacher activities
for The Spy with the Wooden Leg.

Angel in Fatigues. Blessinks, 2013
The story of Col. Ruby G. Bradley a prisoner of war in the Philippines for four years. Her courage as a nurse in caring for 6000 others makes a true and riviting story. Endorsed by the MIA/POW Museum with a forward by General Cassie Strom. Available on Amazon and in the Jefferson Barracks MO. Museum Gift Shop.

POW: Angel on Call. Blessinks, 2013
The story of a guerrilla nurse in the Philippines. Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Miss “U” risked her life again and again to bring aid to Allied Prisoners of War as well as dodging enemy atacks to aid wounded resistance fighters. An exciting, true tale! Sponsored by the MIA/POW Museum, Jefferson Barracks, MO.
Available on Amazon and in the Jefferson Barracks MO. Museum Gift Shop.

Petticoat Soldier, Mayhaven Publisherrs, 2012
Based on a true event from the Civil War, a ten year old girl uses her wits and her courage to keep the Danville Academy from being burned by a guerrilla band. Available from Mayhaven Publishers.

Diagnosis Monster! Amazon 2011.(Ages 7-11)
Mix together a boy in the girls’ ward, Rosie, a pint-sized wheel chair general, escaping snakes, secret hiding places, a fire drill, AND the monster that no one has seen but all are sure exists and you are ready to meet the young, lively patients at St. Kit’s! Available on Amazon

Gifted or Goof Off Fact and Fiction of the Famous, Pieces of Learning, 2005. All ages.
Texas Legacy Award as the Best Book for Gifted Children of 2005. Published by Pieces of Learning

Caldecott and Newbery Winners
Here is a list of the Caldecott and Newbery Winners.
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The "Best Books" list will be updated frequently to share with you the best of the best!
Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Class.
Lecture notes.
Listing of search resources.
Complete picture book guide: Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Complete novel guide: James and the Giant Peach