Books For Children – A Reading List


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Books For Children

Books for Children has been published by the Children's Literature
Center in the Library of Congress since 1964 for parents, teachers,
librarians, publishers, and those interested in the best of this country's
current children's literature.

HOW SELECTIONS ARE MADE

The editor and an advisory committee of children's book specialists
meet on an average of once a month during the year to examine newly published
titles-well over five thousand hardcover and paperbound books in 1993-to
choose about a hundred titles they consider to be the most noteworthy.

Selection criteria have remained constant over the years. Quality of
plot, theme, style, pace, characterization, and setting is essential for any
story to be satisfying. In addition, for the picture-story book, the art-its
harmony with the text-is vital. For nonfiction books, accuracy, organization,
timeliness, and clarity of presentation as well as quality of writing and
illustration need to be evaluated.

WHAT IS SELECTED AND FOR WHOM

The selected books run the gamut from rhymes, concepts, and
picture-stories to adventure, fantasy, natural history, biography, and
science. Books are chosen for readers from the toddler stage to the teenage
years. Some are to be read aloud; some are for instruction; some are for fun;
some are to be borrowed from a school or public library or bought as gifts.
All were chosen with the intent of stimulating the imaginations of children
and adults alike.

up to 4

CHRISTMAS CAROL A poem by Sara Teasdale. Pictures by Dale Gottlieb. New
York: Holt. 1993. unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-8050-2695-9 Brightly colored, childlike
pictures enhance the appeal of this simple little poem celebrating the birth
of Jesus.

DINOSAUR ENCORE (By) Patricia Mullins. (New York):
Perlman/HarperCollins (1993) unp. $15.00 ISBN 0-06-021069-9 For the youngest,
a guide to dinosaurs using fold-out flaps to compare various prehistoric
beasts with animals of today while supplying brief facts and a glossary.

JOHN BURNINGHAM'S ABC (By John Burningham) New York: Crown/Random
(1993) unp. $13.00 ISBN 0-517-59503-6 An uncluttered fresh-looking alphabet
book, with letters, capital and small, representing a wide range of images,
from fruits to birds, to people, animals, and flowers.

NOAH'S ARK Retold & illustrated by Lucy Cousins. Cambridge, Mass.:
(1993) unp. $14.95 Candlewick Press ISBN 1-56402-213-7 A simple retelling of
a favorite Bible story for the youngest features the artist's bright,
cheerful pictures, naive in style.

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF Retold & illustrated by Glen Rounds. New
York: Holiday (1993) unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-8234-1015-3 Droll, unpretentious
pictures and spare text make this work a welcome addition to collections of
illustrated nursery favorites.

5 to 7

EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE By Patricia Lillie. Pictures by Nancy Tafuri.
New York: Greenwillow/Morrow (1993) unp. $14.00 ISBN 0-688-10082-1
Reminiscent of Jessie Willcox Smith's work, these clear, uncluttered pictures
show various creatures in their natural habitats-the cow in the barn, the
bird in the nest, the human baby in a mother's lap.

GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER By Ed Emberley. Boston: Little, Brown (1993)
unp. $12.95 ISBN 0- 316-23653-5 Scraggly purple hair, long blue nose, and
little squiggly ears, and a monster is fashioned feature by feature with each
turn of the die-cut pages, then quickly banished by its creator, not to
return "until I say so."

IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND (By) Denise Fleming. New York: Holt (1993)
unp. $15.95 ISBN 0- 8050-2264-3 The busy life in frog's pond as the seasons
change is chronicled in exuberant rhyme and vibrant collage.

ADVENTURES OF SNAIL AT SCHOOL Story & pictures by John Stadler (New
York): HarperCollins (1993) unp. (An I can read book) $14.00 ISBN
0-06-021041-9 Three funny stories about Snail who manages to find a highly
improbable adventure each time his teacher sends him on an errand.

BY THE LIGHT OF THE HALLOWEEN MOON (By) Caroline Stutson. (Illustrations
by) Kevin Hawkes. New York: Lothrop/Morrow, 1993 unp. $15.00 ISBN
0-688-12045-8 A cumulative tale, in which a cat in pursuit of a mysterious
tapping toe triggers a procession of wonderfully imagined Halloween
creatures.

THE COW WHO WOULDN'T COME DOWN Story & pictures by Paul Brett
Johnson. New York: Orchard/Watts (1993) unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-531-05481-0 How
Miss Rosemary outwits a stubborn cow who takes to flying is told in lively
text and pictures.

COYOTE STEALS THE BLANKET: AN UTE TALE Retold & illustrated by
Janet Stevens. New York: Holiday (1993) unp. $15.95 ISBN 0-823-409961
Vigorous pictures and rhyming text show trickster Coyote, for once, getting
his just desserts.

DARCY AND GRAN DON'T LIKE BABIES By Jane Cutler. Illustrated by
Susannah Ryan. New York: Scholastic, 1991. unp. $14.95 ISBN-0-590-445871 A
nice twist on the sibling rivalry story, with beguiling pictures and a
satisfactory ending.

GRANDADDY AND JANETTA (By) Helen V. Griffith. Illustrated by James
Stevenson. New York: Greenwillow/Morrow (1993) unp. $14.00 ISBN 0-688-11226-9
For grandfathers everywhere, this engaging companion to Grandaddy's Place
(1987) reveals new delights that Janetta and her Grandaddy share-fanciful
stories, night noises, and a new litter of kittens.

GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY Written & illustrated by Allen Say. Boston:
Houghton (1993) 32p. $16.95 ISBN 0-395-57035-2 Elegant paintings and spare
text capture the bittersweet emotions of an immigrant grandfather and his
grandson whose hearts are divided between two dramatically different
countries, Japan and America.

THE FIRE CHILDREN: A WEST AFRICAN CREATION TALE Retold by Eric Maddern.
Pictures by Frane Lessac. New York: Dial/Penguin (1993) unp. $14.50 ISBN
0-8037-1477-7 Brilliantly colored, primitive paintings complement this West
African myth about the creation of the world's different peoples. Fine for
story hour and reading aloud.

FOX ON STAGE (By) James Marshall. New York: Dial/Penguin. 1993. 48p.
(Dial easy-to-read) $10.89 ISBN 0-8037-1357-6 Young readers will savor the comic
adventures of Fox and his friends, told tongue-in-cheek in text and pictures.

GARTH PIG STEALS THE SHOW By Mary Rayner. New York: Dutton/Penguin
(1993) unp. $13.99 ISBN 0-525-45023-8 Another thoroughly satisfying story
about the Pig Family in which the ubiquitous Mrs. Wolf, still in pursuit of
Garth Pig, disguises herself as a sousaphone player, only to be outwitted by
the intrepid William Pig. Beguiling pictures.

HOW YOU WERE BORN (By) Joanna Cole. Photographs by Margaret Miller. New
York: Morrow (1993) 48p. $15.00 ISBN 0-688-12059-8 A revision of a 1984
stanby, with fresh, engaging color photographs.

I LIKE MONKEYS BECAUSE.... (By) Peter Hansard. Illustrated by Patricia
Casey. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press (1993) unp. (Read and wonder)
$14.95 ISBN 1-56402-196-3 An appealing volume, one of six Read and Wonder
books, introduces young children to the various species of monkeys found
around the world. The series includes Think of a Beaver (Karen Wallace;
illustrated by Mick Manning); Think of an Eel (Karen Wallace; illustrated by
Mike Bostock); and What is a Wall, after All? (Judy Allen; illustrated by
Alan Baron), all published in 1993.

IF ANYTHING EVER GOES WRONG AT THE ZOO (By) Mary Jean Hendrick.
Illustrated by Jane Dyer. San Diego: Harcourt (1993) unp. $13.95 ISBN
0-15-238007-8 A fanciful tale, perfect for reading aloud, about a spirited
young animal lover whose wish to have the animals at the zoo come to her
house comes true.

MATTIE'S LITTLE POSSUM PET By Ida Luttrell. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin.
(New York: Atheneum, 1993) unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-689-31786-7 Take a sentimental
human, a dog and a cat, add a possum, and you have a rollicking tale of
misplaced kindness. Bouncy pictures.

NANA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY (By) Amy Hest. Pictures by Amy Schwartz. New
York: Morrow (1993) unp. $15.00 ISBN 0-688-07497-9 Two young cousins, Maggie
and Brette, pool their talents to make their grandmother the best birthday
present ever.

RAVEN: A TRICKSTER TALE FROM THE NORTHWEST Told & illustrated by
Gerald McDermott. San Diego: Harcourt (1993) unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-15-265661-8
Geometric pictures in vibrant colors enhance this retelling of a Northwestern
trickster tale in which Raven manages to steal the sun for his people.

THE REAL MCCOY: THE LIFE OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTOR By Wendy
Towle. Paintings by Will Clay. New York: Scholastic (1993) unp. $14.95 ISBN
0-590-43596-5 A well-illustrated, straightforward biography of the Canadian-
born African-American, son of runaway slaves, who invents the first
successful automatic oil cup for locomotives.

THE OUTSIDE DOG Story by Charlotte Pomerantz. Pictures by Jennifer
Plecas. (New York): HarperCollins (1993) 62p. (An I can read book) $13.95
ISBN-0-06-024782-7 A childlike story, flavored with Spanish words, concerns a
little Puerto Rican girl and the stray dog she wants her grandfather to
adopt.

OWEN (By) Kevin Henkes. New York: Greenwillow/Morrow (1993) unp. col.
il. $13.95 ISBN 0-688-11449-0 In this beguilingly pictured, satisfying story
with a cast of mice, Owen's mother finds an ingenious way to separate him
from Fuzzy, his treasured yellow blanket, before school begins.

SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA (By) Andrea Davis Pinkney. Pictures by Brian
Pinkney. New York: Dial/Penguin (1993) unp. $14.99 ISBN 0-8037-1292-8
Handsome woodcuts and succinct text take a family through the seven days of
Kwanzaa, from December 26 through January 2, as they celebrate their
African-American heritage, the family, and the harvest.

TEN SLY PIRANHAS: A COUNTING STORY IN REVERSE (A TALE OF WICKEDNESS AND
WORSE!) (By) William Wise. Pictures by Victoria Chess. New York: Dial/Penguin
(1993) unp. $13.50 ISBN 0-8037-1200-6 A tongue-in-cheek counting rhyme
featuring ten of nature's most ravenous creatures who are done in by their
nature.

THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG (By) Eugene Trivizas.
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. New York: McElderry/Macmillan (1993) unp.
$15.95 ISBN 0-689-50569-8 Sly pictures give a nice fillip to this twist on
the familiar nursery tale that casts the pig as the sinister villain.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING, MANYONI? (By) Catherine Stock. New York: Morrow
(1993) unp. $15.00 ISBN 0-688-10352-9 Wonderfully detailed paintings take the
reader with Manyoni through a peaceful Zimbawe countryside on her way to
school. The appended list of unfamiliar words and picture glossary of animals
add to the pleasure of the book.

YO! YES? By Chris Raschka. New York: Orchard/Watts (1993) unp. (A
Richard Jackson book) $14.95 ISBN 0-531-05469-1 Cartoonlike drawings and
minimal text depict with humor the beginnings of a friendship between two hip
youngsters. Fun for the older reader.

THE CUCKOO CHILD (By) Dick King-Smith. Illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman.
New York: Hyperion (1993) 127p. $13.95 ISBN 1-56282-350-7 With the unwitting
help of his two pet geese, Jack manages to raise an ostrich from the egg,
with astonishing results.

DINAH IN LOVE (By) Claudia Mills. New York: Macmillan (1993) 143p.
$13.95 ISBN 0-02-766998-X Here Dinah, as impetuous as ever, throws herself
into sixth-grade life-the class debate, the class play, a sock hop, and a
feud with a boy.

DINOSAURS ALL AROUND: AN ARTIST'S VIEW OF THE PREHISTORIC WORLD By
Caroline Arnold. Photographs by Richard Hewett. New York: Clarion/Houghton
(1993) 48p. $14.95 ISBN 0-395-62363-4 Numerous photographs and an
informative, well-organized text present the work of paleoartists who
construct life-size models of dinosaurs for museums and exhibits.

8 to 10

AUTHOR'S DAY Written & illustrated by Daniel Pinkwater. New York:
Macmillan (1993) unp. $13.95 ISBN 0-02-774642-9 A hilarious account of the
horrors experienced by a celebrated writer during a visit to an elementary
school.

THE BOGGART (By) Susan Cooper. New York. McElderry/Macmillan (1993)
196p. $14.95 ISBN 0-689-50576-0 Catastrophe dogs Emily's heels when the
ancient, mischievous Gaelic spirit she has inadvertently transported to
Toronto in her suitcase encounters the wonders of modern technology. Funny,
fast-paced.

GREEK MYTHS Retold by Geraldine McCaughrean. Illustrated by Emma
Chichester Clark. New York: McElderry/Macmillan (1993) 96p. $18.95 ISBN
0-689-50583-3 An attractively illustrated edition of sixteen familiar Greek
myths, freely retold.

THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY (By) Lane Smith. (New York): Viking/Penguin
(1993) 60p. $13.99 ISBN 0-670-85206-6 A glorious spoof of the classic
"Dick and Jane" reader, complete with stilted language and
two-dimensional characters.

HARRIET AND THE PROMISED LAND (By) Jacob Lawrence. New York: Simon
& Schuster (1993) unp. $15.00 ISBN 0-671-86673-7 The new, enlarged format
for this reissue of a 1968 title lends an extra dimension to the full-color
paintings and verse that tell the story of Harriet Tubman for young readers.

LADY DAISY (By) Dick King-Smith. Illustrated by Jan Naimo Jones. New
York: Delacorte Press (1993,c1992) 131p. $14.00 ISBN 0-385-30891-4 A soccer
playing nine-year-old boy finds, to the consternation of his family, that his
greatest treasure is an antique doll who, unbeknownst to them, is able to
communicate with him.

LYDIA, QUEEN OF PALESTINE (By) Uri Orlev. Translated from the Hebrew by
Hillel Halkin. Boston: Houghton, 1993. 170p. $13.95 ISBN 0-395-65660-5 An
engaging narrative about Lydia, a young Romanian Jewish girl and
self-proclaimed Queen of Palestine, who remains her indomitable, ferociously
imaginative self despite the hardships of World War II, her parents' divorce,
and the structured life of a kibbutz.

THE MAN IN THE CEILING Written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. (New
York: HarperCollins, 1993) 185p. (Michael di Capua books) $14.89 ISBN 0-06-205036-2
Witty and sophisticated, this story focuses on Jimmy, a young cartoonist, and
his struggles to win acceptance in a world that ridicules his talents.

MUMMIES & THEIR MYSTERIES (By) Charlotte Wilcox. Winneapolis:
Carolrhoda Books (1993) 64p. $22.95 ISBN 0-87614-767-8 A well-organized,
profusely illustrated examination of burial customs, concentrating on mummies
and the cultures which produced them.

OF SWORDS AND SORCERERS: THE ADVENTURES OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS
By Margaret Hodges & Margery Evernden. Woodcuts by David Frampton. New
York: Scribner (1993) 96p. $14.95 ISBN 0-684-19437-6 Nine well-told stories
from the Arthurian cycle, including the coming of Merlin to Wales, the sword
in the stone, and the passing of Arthur.

MATTHEW AND THE SEA SINGER (By) Jill Paton Walsh. Illustrated by Alan
Marks. New York: Farrar (1993) 46p. $13.00 ISBN 0-374-434869-3 This gem of a
fairy tale for young readers tells of staunch young Birdy who cleverly
manages to save Matthew, the boy she purchased for a shilling, from the seal
people who kidnap him because of his golden voice.

MORE ROOTABAGAS Stories by Carl Sandburg. Pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky.
Collected and with a Forward by George Hendrick. New York: Knopf (1993) 94p.
$18.00 ISBN 0-679-80070-0 A selection of heretofore unpublished Rootabaga
stories, for reading aloud. Illustrated with fanciful pictures.

POW WOW Photographs and text by George Ancona. San Diego: Harcourt
(1993) unp. $16.95 ISBN 0-15-263268-9 A "kaleidoscope of feathers,
beadwork, fringe and facepaint" characterizes this full-color
photographic essay of the biggest annual powwow in the United States.

SCOOTER (By) Vera B. Williams. New York: Greenwillow/Morrow (1993)
147p. il., part col. $15.00 ISBN 0-688-09376-0 Spunky, engaging Elana Rosen
illustrates a notebook to record the friendships, drama, and pleasures of New
York urban life as she explores her new neighborhood by scooter.

WE'RE ALL IN THE DUMPS WITH JACK AND GUY By Maurice Sendak. (New York:
HarperCollins, 1993) unp. (Michael di Capua books) $20.00 ISBN 0-06-205014-1
Powerful illustrations link two little-known nursery rhymes to tell the story
of homelessness and abandoned children.

11 and up

ANN FRANK: BEYOND THE DIARY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC REMEMBRANCE By Ruud van der
Rol and Rian Verhoeven. In association with the Anne Frank House. Translated
by Tony Langham and Plym Peters. With an introduction by Anna Quindlen. (New
York): Viking/Penguin (1993) 113p. $17.00 ISBN 0-670-84932-4 Captioned photographs
from the Frank family album and succinct commentary make a gripping addition
to what is known about the girl who kept a diary and died in the Bergen
Belsen death camp.

THE CHAMPION (By) Maurice Gee. New York: Simon & Schuster Books
(1993. c1989) 212p. $14.00 ISBN 0-671-86561-7 Set in New Zealand during World
War II, this tightly constructed, thought-provoking novel tells what befalls
a young, black American soldier who is sent to an all-white small town to
regain his strength.

CHAMPIONS: STORIES OF TEN REMARKABLE ATHLETES By Bill Littlefield.
Paintings by Bernie Fuchs. With a forward by Frank Deford. Boston: Little,
Brown (1993) 132p. $21.95 ISBN 0-316-52805-6 An inspiring book about ten men
and women who excelled in their chosen sport after overcoming such obstacles
as severe poverty, disability, and prejudice.

BEHIND THE SECRET WINDOW: A MEMOIR OF A HIDDEN CHILDHOOD DURING WORLD
WAR II By Nelly S. Toll. New York: Dial Penguin (1993) 161p. $17.00 ISBN
0-8037-1362-2 A Jewish child's experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland are
vividly recreated in this memoir, and illustrated with the vibrant pictures
she painted while in hiding.

BLACK SHIPS BEFORE TROY: THE STORY OF THE ILIAD (By) Rosemary Sutcliff.
Illustrated by Alan Lee. (New York): Delacorte (1993) 128p. $19.95 ISBN
0-385-31069-2 An elegant and simple retelling of the siege of Troy and its
aftermath.

BULL RUN (By) Paul Fleishman. Woodcuts by David Frampton. (New York):
Geringer/HarperCollins (1993) 104p. $13.95 ISBN 0-06-021446-5 These compelling
vignettes that lead sixteen fictional characters to their destiny at the
Battle of Bull Run give an unusual perspective on the Civil War.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: A LIFE OF DISCOVERY (By) Russell Freedman. New York:
Clarion/Houghton (1993) 198p. $17.95 ISBN 0-89919-862-7 Striking photographs
and perceptive text tell the story of a remarkable woman, undaunted by an
anguished childhood, who became a successful, albeit controversial First
Lady.

FREAK THE MIGHTY By Rodman Philbrick. New York: Blue Sky/Scholastic
(1993) 176p. $13.95 ISBN 0-590-47412-X In this compelling novel,
eighth-graders Max and Kevin join forces to overcome their considerable
physical and emotional problems, and almost beat the odds.

THE GIVER (By) Lois Lowry. Boston: Houghton, 1993. 180p. $13.45 ISBN
0-395-64566-2 Twelve-year-old Jonas, who is chosen to bear the burden of his
society's memories, must decide whether to accept his destiny or take flight.
A thought-provoking, Orwellian novel.

HAVELI By Suzanne Fisher Staples. New York: Knopf (1993) 259p. $18.00
ISBN 0-679-84157-1 Sequel to Shabanu, this powerful novel chronicles the
determined struggle of Shabanu to survive and protect her small daughter
after the death of her husband puts her, the youngest wife, at the mercy of
his other wives.

MAKE LEMONADE (By) Virginia Euwer Wolff. New York: Holt (1993) 200p.
$15.95 ISBN 0-8050-2228-7 The lives of two teenagers-one a high school
drop-out and single mother with two young children, the other, a
fourteen-year-old girl trying to earn money for college by
babysitting-connect at a crucial point, with bittersweet results.

TONING THE SWEEP (By) Angela Johnson. New York: Orchard/Watts (1993)
103p. (A Richard Jackson book) $13.95 ISBN 0-531-05476-4 Set in the New
Mexican desert, this powerful, tender novel concerns the complex relationship
between three generations of African-American women who are brought together
by the grandmother's terminal illness.

WINDLEAF (By) Josepha Sherman. New York: Walker (1993) 121p. $14.95
ISBN 8027-8259-0 To rescue the girl he loves from her implacable father,
young Count Thierry finds himself engaged in a desperate, bitter contest with
the proud Lord of Faerie.

MALCOLM X: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY By Walter Dean Myers. New York:
Scholastic (1993) 210p. $13.95 ISBN 0-590-46484-1 A gripping picture of a
controversial figure who, despite great odds, was able to turn his life
around and use his considerable intelligence in the struggle for justice.

PLAIN CITY (By) Virginia Hamilton. New York: Blue Sky/Scholastic (1993)
194p. $13.95 ISBN 0-590-47364-6 A "mixed" child, twelve-year-old
Buhlaire tries to unearth her past and her family history as she learns that
the long-missing father who she thought was dead, is alive and homeless.

A SHORT WALK AROUND THE PYRAMIDS & THROUGH THE WORLD OF ART By
Phillip M. Isaacson. New York: Knopf (1993) 120p. $20.00 ISBN 0-679-81523-6 A
well-organized introduction to the many forms art takes, from sculpture,
painting, pottery, and photography to furniture and city shapes.

family fare

A. NONNY MOUSE WRITES AGAIN! Poems selected by Jack Prelusky.
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. New York: Knopf (1993) unp. $13.00 ISBN
0-679-83715-9 This delightful mixture of traditional and original verse is
enhanced by the artist's jaunty pictures. A continuation of Poems of A. Nonny
Mouse.

BROWN ANGELS: AN ALBUM OF PICTURES AND VERSE (By) Walter D. Myers. (New
York): HarperCollins (c1993) unp. il. $15. ISBN 0-06-022917-9 A nostalgic
glimpse of turn-of-the-century African-American children.

CHRISTMAS GIF': AN ANTHOLOGY OF CHRISTMAS POEMS, SONGS, AND STORIES
Written by and about African-Americans. Compiled by Charlemae Hill Rollins;
illustrated by Ashley Bryan. With a new introduction by Dr. Augusta Baker.
New York: Morrow (1993) 106p. $14.00 ISBN 0-688-11667-1 Ashley Bryan's
stunning black-and-white linoleum prints enrich this anthology of
African-American Christmas customs, traditions, poems, stories, and recipes.

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: A TREASURY OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE AND FOLK
SONGS. Illustrated by Eleven Caldecott Medal and Four Caldecott Honor Book
Artists. Compiled by Amy L. Cohen. New York: Scholastic (1993) 399p. $29.95
ISBN 0-590-42868-3 A fascinating compendium of Americana-stories, songs,
legends, and traditions from the various cultures that have shaped the
country from its beginnings.

MOOMINPAPPA AT SEA (By) Tove Jansson. Translated by Kingsley Hart. New
York: Farrar (1993,c1966) 224p. $17.00 ISBN 0-374-35044-2 A tale that tells
what befalls the Moomintrolls after they leave Moominvalley and go to begin
their lives afresh in a lighthouse on an island.

PRAISE FOR THE SINGING: SONGS FOR CHILDREN Collected by Madelaine Gill
& Greg Pliska. Illustrated by Madelaine Gill; arrangements by Greg
Pliska. Boston: Little, Brown (1993) 64p. $18.95 ISBN 0-316-52627-4 An
inviting collection of religious Americana, including African- American
spirituals, Shaker and Jewish songs, and traditional melodies. All are
arranged for singing.

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING (By) James Weldon Johnson. Illustrations by
Elizabeth Catlett. Introduction by Jim Haskins. New Yorker: Walker (1993)
unp. $14.95 ISBN 0-8027-8250-7 A celebration of the African-American's long
journey from slavery to liberty, in powerful linocuts and stirring words.

THE STORY OF THE CREATION: WORDS FROM GENESIS (By) Jane Ray. New York:
Dutton/Penguin (1993) unp. $16.00 ISBN 0-525-44946-9 Evocative, folk art
paintings add to the pleasure of the verses selected from the King James
version of the creation of the world. Available in Spanish (ISBN
0-525-45055-6).

Editor: Margaret N. Coughlan Children's Literature Center

Assistant to the Editor: Divna Todorovich Children's Literature Team,
History and Literature Cataloging Division

Committee members:

Nell Colburn Prince George's County (Md.) Memorial Library System

Sharon Grover Arlington County (Va.) Public Library

Elizabeth Guldseth Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Public
Libraries

Steven Herb Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pa.)

Ilze Long Reston (Va.) Regional Library

Caroline S. Parr Central Rappahannock (Va.) Regional Library

Maria Salvadore District of Columbia Public Libraries

Jewell Stoddard Cheshire Cat Bookstore (Washington, D.C.)

Victoria Velsey Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)

Martha Walke Thomas Jefferson Middle
School (Arlington, VA)

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