Bibliographies

Books

Key to abbreviations for age recommendations:

  • T=Toddler
  • P=Preschool
  • I=Elementary
  • Y=Young Adult
  • L=For the Librarian
  • += “and up” All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.

Note: Titles marked (OP) are out of print and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Many OP books are also available through online book dealers.

Ada, Alma Flor. Abecedario de los animales. Espasa-Calpe, 1998. (T-P)
Playful animals surround and interact with the letters of the alphabet.


Altman, Linda Jacobs. Amelia's Road. Lee and Low, 1993. (P-I)
Amelia longs to have a place that she and her migrant worker family can call home.


Ada, Alma Flor. The Lizard and the Sun / La lagartija y el sol: A Folktale in English and Spanish. Bantam, 1997. (P-I)
The sun disappears from the sky and lizard’s persistence pays off when he finds the sun and becomes a hero.


Ada, Alma Flor. Where the Flame Trees Bloom. Atheneum, 1994. (P-I)
These short stories based on the author's childhood in Cuba bring the warmth of family and human values to all.


Adams, Pam. Mrs. Honey’s Hat. Child’s Play, 1989. (T-P)
Each day someone takes something from Mrs. Honey’s hat and places something on it and the hat is transformed as the week progresses.


Adler, David. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown. Viking, 1998. (I)
Aunt Molly's wallet is stolen at the circus and Cam uses her photographic memory to find out if one of the clowns is up to some illegal funny business.


Adoff, Arnold. Black is Brown is Tan. Harper, 2002. (T-P)
This new edition of the classic story about an interracial family pays tribute to the diversity of American families.


Agard, John and Grace Nichols. Under the Moon and Over the Sea: A Collection of Caribbean Poems. Candlewick, 2003. (P-I)
Fifty poems and artwork bring the colors and sounds of the Caribbean to life.


Agee, Jon. The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau. Farrar, 1988. (P-I)
An artist's work is ridiculed until his paintings come to life. As punishment, he is exiled, until one of his paintings thwarts a burglary and redeems him.


Aguado, Bill. Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps. Harper, 2003. (Y)
Young poets from San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. share their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.


Aldana, Patricia. Jade and Iron: Latin American Tales from Two Cultures. Groundwood, 1996. (I-L)
Mythic tales from Latin America are juxtaposed with stories brought to the New World by European travelers.


Aliki. A Medieval Feast. Harper, 1986. (P-I)
Sumptuous colors highlight the beauty and opulence of a royal feast.


Aliki. My Visit to the Aquarium. Harper, 1993. (P-I)
Tour an aquarium and meet all the creatures living in a coral reef, a tide pool, and other aquatic zones.


Ames, Lee J. Draw 50 Famous Cartoons. Main Street, 1985. (I-Y)
Step-by-step instructions on how to draw cartoons.


Anaya, Rudolfo. Roadrunner's Dance. Hyperion, 2001. (P-I)
Each desert animal gives something to Desert Woman so that she can create an animal that is capable of standing up to Rattlesnake.


Ancona, George. Murals: Walls that Sing. Marshall Cavendish, 2003. (P-I)
The beauty of Diego Rivera’s and Jose Clemente Orozco’s murals are an inspiration to artists everywhere and demonstrate the beauty of community art.


Ancona, George. The Piñata Maker. Harcourt, 1994. (P)
Step-by-step instructions show how these colorful party decorations are produced.


Anderson, Dee. Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays. ALA, 1996. (L)
Forty-two tried and true scripts that work for both novice and experienced puppeteers.


Anderson, Paul S. Storytelling with the Flannel Board, Book One. Denison, 1963. (L) (OP)
Patterns and scripts for flannel board stories for young children.


Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot that Juan Built. Lee and Low, 2002. (P-I)
Using the familiar rhymes of “The House that Jack Built,” this book explores how one man recreated the lost process used to make Casas Grandes pottery.


Andrich, Tom. Decorate Yourself: Cool Designs for Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Henna and More. Sterling, 2003. (I-Y)
Techniques from face painting to henna tattooing are described in detail and are accompanied by color photos illustrating the processes.


Anno, Mitsumasa. Dr. Anno's Magical Midnight Circus. Charles Tuttle, 1972. (T-P) (OP)
A magical circus begins at midnight but disappears with the dawn.


Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno's USA. Philomel, 2002. (P)
In this wordless book, Anno depicts the United States as he imagined it when he was a child growing up in Japan.


Appelt, Kathi. Incredible Me! Harper, 2002 (T-P)
Bright illustrations by G. Brian Karas emphasize the uniqueness of the one and only me.


Arnold, Tedd. Huggly va a la playa. Scholastic, 2002. (T-P)
Huggly and his friends have an adventure in a hotel by the ocean.


Asch, Frank. Moonbear's Skyfire. Aladdin, 2000. (T-P)
Moonbear thinks the sky is on fire the first time he sees a rainbow.


Auch, Mary Jane. Eggs Mark the Spot. Holiday House, 1996. (P-I)
When Pauline the hen concentrates on an image, it appears on the shell when she lays an egg, and she creates copies of art masterpieces.


Aveline, Erick. Temporary Tattoos. Firefly, 2001. (Y)
Skin tones and skin care are explored along with techniques for safe, fun body art.


Ayala, Lourdes. Los niños alfabéticos. Charlesbridge, 1995. (T-P)
This alphabet book has a rhyme on each page with objects representing letters of the alphabet.


Bailey, Carolyn Sherwood. Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Price Stern Sloan, 1988. (T-P)
Little Rabbit wishes for red wings, but when his wish comes true, his family and friends do not recognize him and he learns that it is best to be himself.


Bailey, Linda. How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? Whitman, 1996. (I)
Steve and Jessie try to prove that Jessie's uncle did not steal a valuable carnivorous plant.


Baker, Alan. White Rabbit's Color Book. Kingfisher, 1994. (T-P)
A white rabbits hops through paint pots, changing colors as he goes. When all of the colors have combined, the white rabbit has turned brown.


Baker, Christopher. Let There Be Life! Animating with the Computer. Walker, 1997. (I-Y)
A basic overview of computer animation art, supplemented with illustrations.


Baker, Keith. The Magic Fan. Harcourt, 1991. (T-P)
A magic fan inspires Yoshi, a Japanese carpenter, to build everything he can imagine, including a bridge that resembles a rainbow.


Baltuck, Naomi. Crazy Gibberish and Other Story Hour Stretches. Shoe String , 1993. (L)
A source book for rhymes, chants, songs, jokes, and more to add color and fun to library programs.


Balzola, Asun. Munia y la señora Piltronera. Ediciones Destino, 1990. (P-I)
Munia wakes up in a bad mood and misbehaves all day until she remembers her parents' love for her.


Bang, Molly. Diez, nueve, ocho. Mulberry, 1983.
Ten, Nine, Eight. Greenwillow Books, 1983. (T-P)
It’s time for a bedtime count down.


Banks, Kate. Un don del mar. Editorial Juventud, 2000. (T-P)
A Gift from the Sea. Frances Foster, 2001. (T-P)
A young boy finds a rock and adds it to his collection alongside his starfish.


Belpré, Pura. Pérez y Martina. Warne, 1966. (P-I)
Perez and Martina. Warne, 1960. (P-I)
A sad and funny tale about an overly particular cockroach and her string of suitors.


Belpré, Pura. Santiago. Warne, 1971 (Spanish) and 1969 (English). (I)
More than anything else, Santiago wants Ernie to believe his stories about the beautiful pet hen he had to leave behind in Puerto Rico.


Benjamin, A. H. ¿Un canguro en la granja? Ediciones Beascoa, 2000. (T-P)
Although none of them have seen the kangaroo that has just arrived at Buttercup Farm, all the animals worry that she might take over their jobs.


Bany-Winters, Lisa. Funny Bones: Comedy Games and Activities. Chicago Review, 2002. (Y-L)
Skits, games, and other activities encourage the development of comedic talent.


Barchers, Suzanne I. Fifty Fabulous Fables: Beginning Reader’s Theater. Teachers Idea, 1997. (L)
Well-known and well-loved fables are brought to life with props and presentation. Also available through electronically NetLibrary.


Barchers, Suzanne I. Multicultural Folktales :Reader’s Theater for Elementary Students. Teachers Idea, 2000. (L)
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will enjoy performing these selections from a variety of countries. Also available through NetLibrary.


Base, Graeme. My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch. Abrams, 1990. (I)
Grandma rides a kangaroo and dines with emus in the colorful Australian Outback.


Bauer, Caroline Feller. Leading Kids to Books Through Magic. ALA, 1996. (L)
A certified magician and notable librarian, Bauer shows us how to add magic to programs and encourage kids to read.


Bauer, Caroline Feller. Read Aloud for the Fun of It: Active Programming with Books for Children. Wilson, 1992. (L)
Ideas, patterns, and tips help library staff prepare read-aloud programs.


Benet, Stephen Vincent and Rosemary Benet. Johnny Appleseed. McElderry, 2001. (P-I)
Written in 1933, simple poetry and whimsical illustrations reflect Johnny Appleseed’s gentle nature and legendary status.


Bennett, Carolyn. The Kids' Book of Kaleidoscopes. Workman, 1994. (I-Y)
This illustrated activity book explains the principles of light refraction and reflection, color bending and bouncing. The kit comes with custom components, including three high-quality plastic safety mirrors, tube and turning end, a plastic eyepiece and tube cover, colored gels, and a starter set of plastic beads, gems, chips, and other objects for fourteen kaleidoscope projects.


Bentley, Nancy and Donna W. Guthrie. The Young Producer’s Video Book. Millbrook, 1995. (I-Y)
This book clearly outlines the steps for making a movie from pre-production brainstorming to premiering the finished film.


Big Book of Geometric Designs and Illusions to Color. Dover, 2002. (L)
Contains one hundred suggestions for optical illusions, patterns, and complex designs.


Bishop, Gavin. Conejito y el mar. Ediciones Norte-Sur, 2000. (P-I)
Little Rabbit and the Sea. North South, 1997. (P-I)
Little Rabbit receives an unexpected gift from a seagull.


Blackstone, Stella. Can You See the Red Balloon? Orchard, 1998. (T-P)
Kids search for objects hidden in a colorful background.


Blake, Quentin. Tell Me A Picture. Millbrook, 2002. (I-Y)
A collection of paintings from European children's books and Great Britain's galleries with plenty of child appeal.


Bledsoe, Lucy Jane. Hoop Girlz. Holiday House, 2002. (Y)
River wants to be a WNBA player but she cannot make the A-Team. Unwilling to be on the B-Team, she decides to sit out until her hunger to play overcomes her pride.


Block, Francesa Lia. Violet and Claire. Harper, 1999. (Y)
For mature readers due to language. Violet, a depressed 17-year-old who cuts herself, meets a fragile poet and writes a screenplay with a happy ending.


Bone, Ian. Blood on the Microphone. Lothian, 2000. (Y)
13-year-old Saffie needs to figure out what is going on at the comedy club where her sister works before something terrible happens.


Borden, Louise. America Is…. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P)
A patriotic picture book that describes people with very different lives from throughout the world who become Americans, living under one flag.


Boswell, Thom. The Kaleidoscope Book: A Spectrum of Spectacular Scopes to Make. Sterling, 1995. (P-I+)
Ten projects to kaleidoscopes and understand how they work.


Brashares, Ann. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Delacorte, 2003. (Y)
Four girls share a pair of pants purchased in a thrift store and stay connected to one another through the adventures of the pants.


Brouws, Jeffrey T. Inside the Live Reptile Tent: The Twilight World of Carnival Midway. Chronicle,
2001. (Y)
A photographer and an anthropologist team up to explore the history of the American carnival from the freak shows to roller coasters.


Bruce, Lisa. Fran's Friend. Bloomsbury, 2003. (P)
Fran's friendly dog interrupts her attempts to work on a craft project by consistently retrieving the wrong items.


Bruna, Dick. Miffy en la playa. Planeta Infantil, 1999. (T)
Miffy at the Seaside. Price Stern Sloan, 1984. (T)
Miffy has a full day at the beach.


Bryan, Ashley. Beautiful Blackbird. Atheneum, 2003. (P-I)
Long ago, all the birds had solid colored feathers and only the beautiful blackbird had any black at all. Blackbird shared his color and added patterns that made the other birds more beautiful. This African tale is great for reading aloud.


Buchanan, Ken. This House is Made of Mud / Esta casa está hecho de lodo. Rising Moon, 1994. (P-I)
The drama of desert life is portrayed by juxtaposing the life of a child living in an adobe house with the surrounding natural habitats.


Buffett, Jimmy. The Jolly Mon. Harcourt, 1998. (P-I)
A fisherman finds a magical guitar floating in the Caribbean.


Bulla, Clyde Robert. Chalk Box Kid. Random House, 1987. (I)
Life is not pretty for 9-year-old Gregory but he finds solace in the remnants of an abandoned chalk factory.


Bulloch, Ivan. Cartoons and Animation. Children's Press, 1998. (I-Y)
Information on how to create cartoon characters, develop a story, and simple animation projects.


Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. Harper, 1987. (I)
An orphan child replants a neglected garden and restores her own health and spirits in this classic. Re-released with illustrations by Tasha Tudor.


Burns, Marilyn. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All: A Mathematical Story. Scholastic, 1997. (P)
Miss Comfort's family reunion becomes a total mess when her guests rearrange the tables and chairs.


Burns, Michael. Digital Fantasy Painting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Visionary Art on Your Computer. Watson-Guptill, 2002. (Y)
This comprehensive guide explains the techniques used to create the art in The Matrix, Star Wars, and other hit movies.


Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg. Little, Brown, 1993. (I)
A young boy finds a huge egg and takes care of it until it hatches into a dinosaur.


Byars, Betsy. The Cartoonist. Scott Foresman, 1987. (I-Y)
Alfie, who lives with his mother, sister and grandfather, escapes from his grim world into the attic to draw cartoons and dream about a better life.


Bynum, Janie. Altoona Baboona. Harcourt, 1999. (T-I)
Altoona Baboona travels by balloon-a and has a lot of rhyming adventures.


Cabrera, Jane. Cat’s Colors. Puffin, 2000. (T-P)
A kitten searches for his favorite color before deciding on orange, the color of his mother.


Calhoun, Mary. Blue-Ribbon Henry. Morrow, 1999. (T-P)
Henry the Cat wins a blue ribbon at the fair.


Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Putnam, 1983. (T-P)
A caterpillar eats his way through an assortment of foods before becoming a butterfly.


Carmody, Isobelle. Dreamwalker. Lothian, 2000. (Y)
Ken dreams of being a comic book artist. When he wakes up one day and realizes he is in the world he has imagined, he has to decide whether he is the dream or the dreamer.


Carr, Karen. Dinosaur Hunt: Texas-115 Million Years Ago. Harper, 2002. (I-Y)
Basing her work on fossil footprints, the author/illustrator used Corel Painter 6 to create realistic paintings of dinosaurs.


Carter, Anne Laurel. Circus Play. Orca, 2002. (P-I)
A little boy’s mother is a trapeze artist and all the kids in the neighborhood imagine that his house is filled with costumes, fun, and excitement.


Castellano, Marie. Simply Super Storytimes: Programming Ideas for Ages 3-6. Highsmith, 2003. (L)
Songs, fingerplays, art, and games provide all the ideas needed for simple and successful story programs.


Catalanotto, Peter. Matthew A.B.C. Simon and Schuster, 2003. (T-P)
All the kids in Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class are named Matthew. Quirks and personalities provide clues that help the teacher tell the boys apart.


Celenza, Anna Harwell. Pictures at an Exhibition. Charlesbridge, 2003. (P-I)
When his artist friend dies, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky attends a posthumous exhibit and composes a musical tribute.


Chambers, Catherine. A World of Holidays: Carnival. Steck-Vaughn, 1998. (I-Y)
Pictures and a simple and colorful description and explain the many ways this holiday is celebrated around the world.


Chavarría-Cháirez, Becky. Magda’s Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda. Piñata, 2000. (P-I)
While learning to make tortillas on her seventh birthday, Magda tries to make perfectly round ones like those made by her grandmother but instead creates a variety of wonderful shapes.


Cherry, Lynne. The Great Kapok Tree. Gulliver, 1990. (P-I)
A simple story and colorful illustrations provide a magnificent view of the colorful foliage of the rain forest and its inhabitants.


Chocolate, Debbi. Kente Colors. Walker, 1996. (T-P)
Simple text describes the dazzling colors of African kente cloth and creates a joyful ode that celebrates tradition.


Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. Harcourt, 2003. (T-P)
Ella Sarah dresses with a colorful sense of style!


Clarke, Michael. Eyewitness: Watercolor. DK, 2000. (E-Y)
The depth and breadth of watercolor art is explored and explained.


Cobb, Vicki. How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for All Your Senses. Wiley, 1999. (I-L)
Once these tricks are explained, it is easy to learn how the illusions work.


Cohen, Miriam. Down in the Subway. Star Bright, 2003. (T-P)
A routine ride on the hot subway becomes interesting when “the Island Lady” pulls a steel drum, Caribbean food, and a sea breeze out of her bag.


Cohlene, Terri. Won't Papa Be Surprised! Harper, 2003. (T-P)
Mikele loves ribbons and she sees them everywhere she looks.


Cohn, Amy L., compiler. From Sea to Shining Sea: a Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs. Scholastic, 1993. (T-L)
Poems, songs, and stories that reflect the best of our multicultural nation.


Conceptis Staff. Mind-Sharpening Pixel Puzzles: Visual Challenges for the Logical Mind. Sterling. 2001 (Y)
Use math and logic to solve 104 puzzles that create pixel pictures.


Cook, Nick. Roller Coasters: Or I Had So Much Fun, I Almost Puked. Carolrhoda, 2003. (I-Y)
Designers and engineers who create roller coasters explain the scientific concepts behind their ups and downs.


Cooper, Kay. Too Many Rabbits and Other Fingerplays About Animals, Nature, Weather, and the Universe. Scholastic, 2001. (L)
Bright, cut-paper illustrations for 22 fingerplays.


Corpi, Lucha. Where Fireflies Dance / Ahí donde bailan las luciérnagas. Children’s Book Press, 1997. (P-I)
Lucha and her brother Victor love to hear their grandmother’s story of San Sebastian, a ghost that is said to haunt a local house.


Cousins, Lucy. Maisy's Colors. Candlewick, 1999. (T)
In this larger than normal board book, a little mouse introduces children to colors.


Coville, Bruce. The Prince of Butterflies. Harcourt, 2002. (P-I)
A flock of butterflies surround a young boy and turn him into a butterfly so that he can help them migrate.


Cox, Rhonda. La lana de Andi. Richard C. Owen, 1999. (T-P)
A sheep gets a haircut for spring.


Cressy, Judith. Can You Find It? Abrams, 2002. (P-I+)
Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reproduced and readers are challenged to identify small details.


Crews, Donald. Freight Train. Morrow, 1978. (T)
Count the cars and name their colors as the freight train goes faster and faster!


Croll, Carolyn. Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers. Philomel, 1996. (I)
Known for his paintings of roses and lilies, French artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute was the court-appointed painter for Marie-Antoinette and the Empress Josephine.


Croswell, Ken. See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky. Boyd’s Mills, 2000. (I)
The brightest star patterns, one for each month, are shown in the night sky.


Crummel, Susan Stevens and Janet Stevens. Cook-a-Doodle Doo! Harcourt, 1999. (P-I)
The exploits of the little red hen are recalled by her great-great grand-relative with hilarious results as Turtle, Iguana, and the pot-bellied Pig help the rooster bake strawberry shortcake.


Crummel, Susan Stevens and Janet Stevens. Jackalope. Harcourt, 2003. (P-I)
This gut-busting sassy tall tale tells the unbelievable story of how a jackrabbit became an American legend as the jackalope.


Curry, Jane Louise. Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains. McElderry, 2003. (I)
A collection of twenty-six creation myths, porquois stories, and trickster tales.


Cuyler, Margery. Road Signs: A Hare-Y Race With a Tortoise. Winslow, 2000. (T-P)
The tortoise and the hare race along suburban roads.


Cuyler, Margery. From Here to There. Henry Holt, 1999. (P)
Maria Mendoza introduces herself as a member of a specific family and as having a definite place in the universe.


Dabbs, Alister. Painting with Pixels: How to Draw With Your Computer. Sterling, 1999. (Y)
Learn how to build a digital studio and create digital art.


Dadey, Debbie. Will Rogers: Larger than Life. Walker, 1999. (I)
The true story of one of America's best storytellers and some of his best-spun yarns.


Dahl, Roald. Skin and Other Stories. Puffin, 2002. (Y)
A collection of Dahl’s stories for teens that exhibit dry wit and dark, often irreverent, humor.


Davol, Marguerite W. The Paper Dragon. Atheneum, 1997. (P-I)
A humble artist must perform three impossible tasks to save his village from a fire-breathing dragon. He must bring fire wrapped in paper, wind wrapped in paper, and the strongest thing in the world, wrapped in paper.


Day, Alexandra. Carlito en el parque una tarde. Mirasol, 1992.
Carl’s Afternoon In the Park. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991. (T-P)
Carl has a nice adventure in the park.


de Anda, Diane. Dancing Miranda / Baila, Miranda, baila. Piñata, 2001. (P-I)
When Miranda discovers that her mom had polio when she was a child, she has a hard time concentrating on her own dance rehearsal.


DeBeer, Hans. Little Polar Bear and the Big Balloon. North South, 2002. (T-P)
When a puffin needs help getting home because of oil on his feathers, a little polar bear finds a hot-air balloon to transport him.


Degan, Bruce. Jamberry. Harper, 1999. (T-P)
A rhyme-spouting bear leads a little boy on a merry musical adventure. Children will especially enjoy looking for subtle details in the illustrations.


Delacre, Lulu. Arroz con leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America. Scholastic, 1992. (P-I)
A lovely collection of traditional music from Latin America.


Delacre, Lulu. Nathan’s Balloon Adventure. Scholastic, 1991. (P-I)
An elephant named Nathan takes a trip in a hot air balloon.


Demi. King Midas: the Golden Touch. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P-I)
The classic myth of a king who turns everything he touches to gold, with illustrations that sparkle with the colors of the Aegean Sea.


Demi. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. Holt, 1998. (P)
Everything that a beggar boy paints comes to life, but the evil emperor covets his magic paintbrush.


Denou, Violeta. Teo descubre los medios de transporte. Grupo Editorial Ceac, 1998. (P-I)
Teo finds out about all types of transportation.


Denou, Violeta. Teo encuentra los errores: Un paseo en barco. Grupo Editorial Ceac, 2000. (P-I)
Teo takes a boat trip.


dePaola, Tomie. Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems. Putnam, 1998. (P-I)
Some of the best-loved poems for children are illustrated with dePaola’s whimsical pictures.


De Regniers, Beatrice Shenk. Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems. Scholastic, 1988. (P-Y)
Caldecott medalists illustrate some of the favorite children’s poems.


Derolf, Shane. The Crayon Box that Talked. Random House, 1997. (T-P)
When a little girl takes a crayon box home, the crayons cannot get along until they realize that it's the big picture that counts and not their individual differences.


DeSpain, Pleasant. The Dancing Turtle: A Folktale from Brazil. August House, 1998. (P-I)
Wise turtle tricks two small children into releasing her before their father comes home and makes turtle soup.


Dillon, Leo and Diane Dillon. Rap a Tap Tap. Scholastic, 2002. (P-I)
This colorful tribute to tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson uses colors to evoke the moods of jazz and the pre-World War II era.


Dominguez, Kelli Kyle. The Perfect Piñata. Whitman, 2002. (P)
Marissa picks out a butterfly piñata for her birthday party and then can't bear to break it.


Dorson, Mercedes and Jeanne Wilmot. Tales from the Rainforest: Myths and Legends from the Amazonian Indians of Brazil. Ecco, 1997. (I-Y)
Ten myths and legends translated from the Portuguese provide a glimpse into Amazonian life.


Doucet, Sharon. Lapin Plays Possum: Trickster Tales from the Louisiana Bayou. Farrar, 2002. (I)
Uncle Remus tales with a Cajun flavor.


Druce, Arden. Chalk Talk Stories. Scarecrow, 1993. (L)
A collection of simple tell-and draw-stories for holidays and everyday.


Dupasquier, Philippe. Red Blue Color Zoo. Candlewick, 2003. (T)
Young children learn their colors through a graduated board book that features yellow butterflies, pink flamingos, and other animals illustrated with colored pencils.


Dwyer, Minday. Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights. Alaska Northwest, 2001. (I)
An original tale of the "legend" of the colorful Northern Lights.


Ehlert, Lois. Plumas para almorzar. Libros Viajeros, Harcourt Brace, 1996. (P-I)
Feathers for Lunch. Voyager, 1996. (P-I)
An escaped housecat encounters twelve birds in the back yard but fails to catch any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.


Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art. Poorhouse, 1994. (Y-L)
Based on his popular course, Eisner explains how to design, write, and illustrate comics.


Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet. Red Wagon, 1996. (T-P)
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables whet little appetites.


Ehlert, Lois. Fish Eyes. Harcourt, 1990. (T-P)
Day-glo fish are waiting to be counted as they dart around the deep blue ocean.


Ehlert, Lois. Growing Vegetable Soup. Voyager, 1990. (P)
Brightly colored vegetables in a garden become delicious vegetable soup.


Ehlert, Lois. Planting a Rainbow. Harcourt, 1988. (T)
This board book version of Ehlert’s popular work introduces toddlers to the colors and beauty of flowers.


Elfers, Joost. Gus and Button. Levine, 2001. (P)
Gus and his dog live in a drab mushroom town until the wind blows in colorful, anthropomorphic vegetables.


English, Karen. Nadia's Hands. Boyd’s Mills, 1999. (P-I)
Nadia, a Pakistani-American girl is selected to be the flower girl at a wedding. For the ceremony, her aunt applies a henna paste and Nadia is concerned that it won't come off before she returns to school.


English, Karen. Speak English for Us, Marisol. Albert Whitman, 2000. (P-I)
Marisol wants to hurry home, but she is stopped by neighbors and family who need her to conduct business for them in English.


Esbensen, Barbara Juster. The Night Rainbow. Orchard, 2000. (P-I)
A poem based on ancient legends tells the story of the Northern Lights. Notes explain the legends and provide information about the phenomenon.


Eversole, Robyn. The Flute Player / La flautista. Orchard, 1995. (P-I)
When a flute stops playing, a young girl blows into it and releases animals and objects much to the delight of the apartment dwellers in her building.


Falwell, Cathryn. Butterflies for Kiri. Lee and Low, 2003. (P)
Kiri's birthday present is origami paper and instructions but she can't make the butterfly she imagines.


Farjeon, Eleanor. Something I Remember: Selected Poems for Young Children. Penguin, 1987. (P-I) (OP)
Children’s poems on a wide range of topics.


Faurot, Kimberly K. Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life. ALA, 2003. (L)
Patterns, props, and scripts to extend storytelling activities.


Finley, Carol. Aboriginal Art of Australia. Lerner, 1999. (I)
A look at bark, wood, and rock art of Australia.


Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon: A Gold Rush Adventure. Little Brown, 1988. (I)
Tales of trickery and exaggeration during the California Gold Rush.


Fleischman, Sid. Here Comes McBroom: Three More Tall Tales. Beechtree, 1998. (I)
Three tales of far-flung occurrences on McBroom's amazing one-acre farm!


Fleming, Denise. Denise Fleming's Painting With Paper: Easy Papermaking Fun for the Entire Family. Holt, 1994. (Y-L)
This book is packaged with a poster, and a kit with a plastic screen, and instructions for making paper.


Fleming, Denise. Lunch. Holt, 1998. (P)
A hungry mouse peeks out of his hole and seeks out lunch, which is yellow corn, green peas, and other colorful treats.


Flint Public Library. Ring A Ring O’ Roses: Finger Plays for Pre-School Children. Flint Public Library, 2000. (L)
A classic collection of finger plays and rhymes.


Foster, John. First Verses: Finger Rhymes, Action Rhymes, Chanting Rhymes, Counting Rhymes. Oxford University, 1999. (T-P)
Modern poems for young children are divided into four sections.


Foster, John. My First Oxford Book of Poems. Oxford University, 2001. (P-I)
A compilation of English and American poems with illustrations by eight artists.


Fowler, Allan. All the Colors of the Rainbow. Children's Press, 1999. (T-I)
In this entry in the "Rookie" series, children learn simple lessons about prisms, colors, and color wheels.


Fox, Mem. The Magic Hat. Harcourt, 2002. (P)
Each time the magic hat lands on someone's head, the person becomes an animal. The rhyming humor guarantees fun for all.


Freeman, Don. Chalk Box Story. Lippincott, 1976. (P-I) (OP)
Pieces of chalk draw a story.


Freeman, Don. A Rainbow of My Own. Viking, 1978. (T-P)
A little boy imagines playing in a rainbow.


Freymann, Saxton and Joost Elffers. One Lonely Seahorse. Levine, 2000. (T-P)
A lonely seahorse made out of beets finds friends among the other sea creatures crafted out of colorful vegetables and fruits.


Friedman, Lise. Break a Leg! The Kids’ Guide to Acting and Stagecraft. Workman, 2002. (Y+)
Miming, clowning, acting, stunts, and more, with examples and exercises to help kids’ hone the craft.


Gantos, Jack. Jack's New Power: Stories from a Caribbean Year. Farrar, 1997. (I)
Even in a tropical paradise, Jack Henry gets in trouble.


Garcia, Jerry. Teddy Bears' Picnic. Harper, 1996. (P)
A feast of colors adds to the jubilation of all the teddy bears having fun. Includes an audiocassette.


Gardner, Garth. Careers in Computer Graphics and Animation. Garth Gardner Books, 2001. (Y)
Careers from animators to engineers are described and well-known people in each field are interviewed.


Garza, Carmen Lomas. Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia. Children's Book Press, 1993. (P)
The richness of a Mexican-American family life is portrayed through vibrantly colored illustrations.


Garza, Carmen Lomas. Magic Windows / Ventanas magicas. Children's Book Press, 1999. (P-I)
Through papel picado illustrations, Garza reveals the legends of her Aztec heritage.


Garza, Carmen Lomas. Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel Picado/Cut-Paper Art. Children’s Book Press, 1999. (L)
Learn to create eight traditional cut paper designs using scissors and an Exacto knife.


Gay, Kathlyn and Christine Whittington. Body Marks: Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification. Millbrook, 2002. (Y)
An overview of the history of body decorating includes a description of the art in ancient civilizations and in a variety of cultures.


George, Jean Craighead. One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest. Crowell, 1990. (P-I)
This fictionalized story of an Indian boy who helps a group of scientists find a new variety of butterfly includes information about the Orinoco River and the lush wildlife of the rainforest.


Giant Book of Children’s Songs. Hal Leonard, 1995. (I+)
150 favorites with music for piano, guitar, and voice.


Gibbons, Faye. Emma Jo's Song. Boyd's Mills, 2001. (P)
Although she is from a family of singers, Emma can't carry a tune. When the dog howls along with her, she bans him from the family reunion, but he follows anyway with hilarious results.


Gibbons, Faye. The Day the Picture Man Came. Boyd’s Mills, 2003. (P)
A traveling photographer tries to take a family photo, but the event becomes complicated when all of the family’s animals and pets have to be in the picture.


Gibbons, Gail. The Berry Book. Holiday House, 2002. (T-P)
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more are presented with large colorful illustrations and recipes for berry good treats.


Gibbons, Gail. Sunken Treasure. Harper, 1990. (P-I)
Treasure hunting is big business, and this book focuses on the history and fate of Nuestra Senora de Antocha, a 17th century Spanish galleon that sunk off the coast of Florida.


Giblin, James Cross. Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags. Clarion, 1983. (P-I)
The serious and humorous stories behind the symbols of the Fourth of July are explained.


Gill, Jim. May There Always Be Sunshine. Jim Gill Music, 2001. (T-P)
Picture book version of the popular song.


Gilson, Jamie. Stink Alley. Harper, 2002. (Y)
Twelve-year-old Lizzie and her family moved to Holland to escape religious persecution. She meets a young boy named Rembrandt who insists on sketching her.


Gold, Rebecca. A Visit to the Sesame Street Aquarium. Random House, 1998. (T-P)
Elmo and friends see lots of colorful fish and seahorses at the aquarium.


Gorman, Michele. Getting Graphic!: Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens. Linworth, 2003. (L)
Everything needed to add graphic novels to a library collection and use them to promote teens to library programs.


Gottfried, Maya. Last Night I Dreamed a Circus. Knopf, 2003. (P+)
In this poetic text with dark watercolor illustrations, a young girl dreams that she juggled, flew, and roared.


Graham, Terry Lynne. Fingerplays and Rhymes for Always and Sometimes. Humanics, 1987. (L)
250 rhymes and fingerplays to encourage children to learn concepts, including colors, numbers, and self-esteem.


Grayson, Marion F. Let’s Do Fingerplays. Luce, 1988. (L) (OP)
A comprehensive collection of fingerplays.


Green, Terisa. The Tattoo Encyclopedia. Fireside, 2003. (L)
The origins and meanings of 1000 tattoos serve as a guide for selecting an image.


Greenberg, Jan. Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist. Delacorte, 2001. (I-Y)
Beginning with his childhood, this book traces the many career paths Van Gogh followed before turning to art.


Greene, Stephanie. Betsy Ross and the Silver Thimble. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P-I)
The story of the country's most famous seamstress.


Grimes, Nikki. Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift. Lothrop, 1999. (P-I)
Poems use weaving as a metaphor to explore a young girl’s life and talent. Illustrated by Ashley Bryan.


Grindley, Sally. Silly Goose and Dizzy Duck Hunt for the Rainbow. DK, 2001. (T-I)
Silly Goose sets off to find a rainbow to brighten up her nest.


Gutman, Anne. Lola viaja en avión. Editorial Juventud, 1999.
Lisa’s Airplane Trip. Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001. (T-P)
Lisa travels on an airplane by herself to visit her uncle in New York.


Gutman, Dan. Honus and Me: a Baseball Card Adventure. Harper, 1997. (I-Y)
Stosh feels like a real loser until he finds a valuable baseball card that has the power to transport him across time.


Gutman, Dan. Virtually Perfect. Hyperion, 2003. (I-Y)
Kip tries out his father’s new special effects software and creates a virtual friend. Unfortunately, the computer simulation breaks out of cyberspace and creates hilarious havoc.


Hall, Donald, ed. The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems. Oxford University, 1999. (P-I)
Two centuries of favorite poems by a variety of poets.


Hamilton, Jake. Special Effects. DK, 1998. (Y)
A behind-the-scenes look at how special effects are created, including computer designed monsters and latex masks.


Hamm, Jack. How to Draw Animals. Perigree, 1983. (Y)
Easy to follow instructions provide beginning and advanced drawing techniques.


Harburg, E. V. Over the Rainbow. Harper, 2002. (T-P)
A child and her purple plush cat are transported over the rainbow in this picture book version of the famous song.


Harshman, Marc. Red are the Apples. Gulliver, 2001. (P-I)
A colorful fall bounty is heralded in quatrains that celebrate food.


Hart, Christopher. Mecha Mania: How to Draw the Battling Robots, Cool Spaceships, and Military Vehicles of Japanese Anime. Watson-Guptill, 2002. (Y)
Instructions for drawing images that are based upon geometric shapes.


Hartfield, Claire. Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Art and Life of Romare Bearden. Dial, 2002. (P-I)
This fictionalized story explores the work of collage artist Romare Bearden through his relationship with a young boy in Harlem. A guide encourages readers to experiment with collage.


Hayes, Joe. The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico. Mariposa, 1982. (I)
This is a collection of humorous folklore from New Mexico.


Heine, Helmen. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World. Aladdin, 1987. (P-I)
Three hens compete to become a princess by producing the most beautiful egg in the kingdom.


Heller, Ruth. The Reason for A Flower. Price Stern Sloan, 1983. (P-I)
The parts of plants are described through poetic rhyme and bright illustrations.


Heller, Ruth. Stained Glass: Designs for Coloring Geometrics. Grosset and Dunlap, 1998. (I-L)
This consumable book provides patterns for watercolors or markers to create stained glass art for display.


Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly's Ice Cream Star. Harper, 2003. (P)
Wemberly isn’t happy when she receives a red, white, and blue ice cream star. What if the ice cream melts on her dress or there isn't enough to share?


Hill, Eric. Spot va al parque. Putnam, 1992. (T-P)
Spot Goes To the Park. Putnam, 1991. (T-P)
A lift-the-flap book in which Spot the dog goes to the park.


Hill, Eric. Spot’s Big Book of Colors, Shapes and Numbers / El libro grande de Spot: colores, formas y números. Putnam, 1994. (T-P)
Learn colors, shapes, and numbers with Spot.


Hoban, Tana. I Read Signs. Morrow, 1987. (T)
Vibrant photographs of colorful street signs and symbols.


Hobbs, Will. Jason's Gold. Morrow, 2000. (I)
On his way to the Yukon, 15-year-old Jason meets a not-yet-famous writer, Jack London.


Hoffman, Eric. Best Colors / Los mejores colores. Redleaf, 1999. (T)
This board book is perfect for small hands.


Hollyer, Belinda. The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems. Kingfisher, 2003. (P-I)
The diversity of families is reflected in 150 poems.


Holm, Sharon. Zoe's Hats: A Book of Colors and Patterns. Boyd’s Mills, 2003. (P)
Zoe has quite a collection of hats! Her story will encourage children to play dress up with their own hats.


Holohan, Maureen. Catch Shorty. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (I-Y)
Rosie and the Ballplayers have started a citywide tackle-football league when suddenly it looks like her family will move away.


Holwitz, Peter. The Big Blue Spot. Philomel, 2003. (T-P)
A blue spot travels to a new place to create a new color.


Honnold, RoseMary. 101+ Teen Programs That Work. Neal-Schuman, 2003. (L)
Library programs for teens including lock-ins, contests, and more.


Hooper, Patricia. How the Sky's Housekeeper Wore Her Scarves. Little Brown, 1995. (T-P) (OP)
An old woman who cleans the sky wears a different color scarf every day. When rain causes her to do all her work in one day, she wears seven beautiful scarves and creates a rainbow.


Hopkins, Lee Bennett. My America: a Poetry Atlas of the United States. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (P+)
Fifty poems selected to reflect life in seven geographic regions of the United States.


Horacek, Petr. Strawberries Are Red. Candlewick, 2001. (T-P)
Ruby red strawberries, dusky blue blueberries, bright yellow bananas, and more brightly colored fruits fill the pages of this book.


Horvath, Polly. When the Circus Came to Town. Farrar, 1996. (I)
Nothing much happens in town until the Halibuts move in. They are circus people and it's a little strange to have Elmira the Snake Lady for a neighbor.


Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later). Clarion, 2001. (P)
James Ransome's beautiful illustrations make this story about Aunt Flossie and her wonderful collection of hats memorable.


Howe, James. I Wish I Were a Butterfly. Harcourt, 1994. (P-I)
Ed Young’s illustrations bring alive this fable about a cricket who loses his passion for music.


Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration. Holiday House, 1995. (I-Y)
A young Cajun fiddle-player explains how Mardi Gras is celebrated.


Hubbard, Patricia. My Crayon’s Talk. Henry Holt, 1999. (T-P)
A box of crayons talk in rhymes to a little girl as she draws.


Hubbell, Patricia. Black All Around! Lee and Low, 2003. (P)
An African-American girl rejoices at all of the beautiful things that are black. Illustrations by Austin artist, Don Tate.


Huling, Jan. Puss in Cowboy Boots. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P-I)
Puss has to think fast in order to find his fortune way out West.


Hurd, Thatcher. Mama Don't Allow. Harper, 1985. (P)
Miles and the Swamp Band offer a jubilant rendition of this classic folksong complete with an alligator audience.


Hurd, Thatcher. Zoom City. Harper, 1998. (T-P)
Bright illustrations show the energy of the city.


Hutchins, Pat. Ten Red Apples. Greenwillow, 2000. (T-P)
A succession of farm animals eat all of the red apples until none are left for the farmer's wife to use to bake a pie.


Hutchins, Pat. There's Only One of Me! Greenwillow, 2003. (T-P)
As her relatives arrive for her birthday party, a little girl realizes that although her place in the family varies with relationships, she is herself first and foremost.


Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the River Sea. Dutton, 2002. (I)
An English orphan is sent to live with relatives in Brazil in 1910. Her dreams of exploring the colorful Amazon are temporarily stalled by her dreary, over-powering cousins.


Inkpen, Mick. The Blue Balloon. Little Brown, 2000. (T-P)
The family dog finds a soggy blue balloon in the garden that turns out to have strange and wonderful powers.


Irving, Jan and Robin Currie. Full Speed Ahead: Stories and Activities for Children on Transportation. Libraries Unlimited, 1989. (L)
Stories and activities about trains, planes, and other forms of transportation.


Irving, Jan and Robin Currie. Mudluscious: Stories and Activities Featuring Food for Preschool Children. Libraries Unlimited, 1986. (L)
Fun, food related stories, crafts, fingerplays, and more.


Isadora, Rachel. Ben's Trumpet. Greenwillow, 1979. (P)
A young boy yearns to play the trumpet in this art-deco styled story from the 1920’s.


Ison, Joan Shaddox. The First Starry Night. Charlesbridge, 1998. (I)
An orphaned boy befriends the artist, Vincent Van Gogh, who gives him a copy of the painting, Starry Night.


Jackson, Alison. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Dutton, 1987. (P-I)
This hilarious rendition of a classic silly song is based on eating too much at the Thanksgiving feast. Soon the old lady is a balloon in the holiday parade.


Jenkins, Martin. The Emperor's Egg. Candlewick, 1999. (I)
The male emperor penguin helps care for the egg while his mate fishes.


Jenkins, Steve. Looking Down. Houghton, 1995. (P-I)
Looking back to Earth from outer space, cut-paper illustrations allow readers to take a special look at the world.


Jennings, Richard. My Life of Crime. Houghton, 2002. (I)
A beautiful bright green feather leads Fowler Young to discover a bedraggled parrot trapped in a third-grade classroom. He decides to take fate into his own hands to help the bird.


Jimenez, Francisco. La mariposa. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (P-I)
Because he can only speak Spanish, Francisco, son of a migrant worker, has trouble when he begins first grade. His fascination with the caterpillar in the classroom helps him begin to fit in.


Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harper, 1977. (T-P)
Armed with only his purple crayon, a little boy sets out into the night for an imaginative adventure.


Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet City. Viking, 1996. (T-P)
Compositions of watercolor, gouache, and charcoal will intrigue children as they look at the city in a new way.


Jonas, Ann. Color Dance. Greenwillow, 1989. (T-P)
Three dancers use translucent lengths of fabric to show how blue, red, and yellow combine to make secondary and tertiary colors. A fourth dancer demonstrates the effects of white, gray, and black on the palette.


Joseph, Lynn. The Color of My Words. Harper, 2001. (Y)
A 12-year-old Dominican girl wants to express herself but is repressed by her politically charged country.


Joyce, William. Bently and Egg. Harper, 1992. (P-I)
A young frog is bored tending to his friends egg so decides to paint it bright colors.


Kaminutesky, Marty. Uncommon Champions: Fifteen Athletes Who Battled Back. Boyd’s Mills, 2000. (I-Y)
Inspiring stories of athletes who beat the odds.


Kanno, Wendy. El tractor del granjero. Aro, 1993. (P)
Learn new words in this book about the farmer’s tractor.


Katz, Karen. Twelve Hats for Lisa. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P)
Rhyming text and icons on hats take the reader through monthly celebrations. Includes instructions for making hats.


Keats, Ezra Jack. Jennie's Hat. Puffin, 2003. (P)
Jennie is not happy with the plain hat she receives as a gift, so must find a way to be happy.


Keene, Carolyn. Flower Power. Aladdin, 2001. (I)
Nancy Drew and her friends must find the Pink Princess daisies that disappear before the flower show is set to begin. Can they find the flowers in time to win the competition?


Keister, Douglas. Fernando’s Gift / El regalo de Fernando. Sierra Club Books for Children, 1995. (P-I)
Fernando searches for the perfect gift for his friend Carmina’s eighth birthday, a gift that will thrive in the rain forest of Costa Rica where he lives with his family.


Keller, Emily Snowell. Sleeping Bunny. Random House, 2003. (P-I)
The familiar fairy tale is retold with animal characters portrayed in colorful paintings.


Kellogg, Steven. Library Lil. Puffin, 2001. (P-I)
This tongue-in-cheek original tall tell is perfect for library programs; just be ready to live up to Lil's tall talents!


Kellogg, Steven. Mike Fink. Morrow, 1992. (P-I)
The tall tales about the king of the Mississippi River are full of fun.


Kelly, Irene. It’s a Hummingbird’s Life. Holiday House, 2003. (P-I)
Follow a hummingbird through the day and throughout the year.


Kelly, Sarah. Amazing Mosaics. Barron’s, 2000. (I-Y)
Instructions for using glue, scraps, buttons, foil, and more to create beautiful mosaic art.


Kendall, Jane. Miranda Goes to Hollywood. Harcourt, 1999. (Y)
It's 1915 and silent films are the new technology. 12-year-old Miranda heads for Hollywood where she gets bit parts in some of the most famous films of the era.


Kimmelman, Leslie. Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! Whitman, 2003. (P)
The whole town prepares for a celebration that includes a parade and fireworks. Illustrated by Nancy Cote.


Kissinger, Katie. All The Colors We Are. Redleaf, 1994. (T-P)
In both English and Spanish, children learn how melanin affects skin color. Color photographs show children and families with a range of skin tones. Photos by Wernher Krutein.


Kitamura, Satoshi. Pato está sucio. Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998. (T-P)
Duck is Dirty. Andersen, 1996. (T-P)
On his walk, duck encounters a rainstorm and ends up quite dirty.


Kleven, Elisa. The Paper Princess. Dutton, 1994. (P)
Before a little girl can decide what hair to provide for her paper doll, the wind carries it away.


Klutz Press Editors. The Body Crayon Book. Klutz, 1999. (Y-L)
This spiral bound book includes body crayons and instructions for creating art on your personal canvas.


Kohl, Mary Ann F. and Kim Solga. Discovering Great Artists: Hands-on Art for Children in the Styles of Masters. Bright Ring, 1997. (L)
Art activities help children learn techniques in the styles of masterpieces by artists from the Renaissance to modern times.


Korman, Gordon. Maxx Comedy The Funniest Kid in America. Hyperion, 2003. (Y)
Max Carmody renames himself to enter a comedy competition.


Kranz, Linda. Let's Rock!: Rock Painting for Kids. North Word, 2003. (I)
Simple instructions for 100 patterns for rock art.


Krauss, Ruth. La semilla de zanahoria. Scholastic, 1978. (P)
The Carrot Seed. Scholastic, 1993. (P)
Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.


Krischanitz, Raoul. Molto's Dream. North South, 2001. (T-P)
Molto the cat wants to fly so he and his friends come up with a plan to build a hot-air balloon.


Kroll, Virginia. Butterfly Boy. Boyd’s Mills, 2003. (P-I)
Emilio can see the joy his grandfather gets watching the butterflies, even though the old man can't speak. When the butterflies leave, Emilio wants to bring them back and make his grandfather smile again.


Kroll, Virginia. A Carp for Kimiko. Charlesbridge, 1996. (P-E)
Families fly carp windsocks to celebrate Children’s Day in Japan, but Kimiko’s carp won’t fly.


Kroll, Virginia L. Hands! Boyd’s Mills, 1997. (T)
Multicultural friendships are celebrated through poetic text.


Krupp, Edwin C. Rainbow and You. Harper, 2000. (T-I)
Roy G. Biv (a mnemonic for the rainbow's colors) helps readers become rainbow experts.


Laden, Nina. Clowns on Vacation. Walker, 2002. (T-P)
Discover how clowns, their dogs, and the circus elephant spend their vacation time.


Lane, Lindsey. Snuggle Mountain. Clarion, 2003. (P)
A little girl has to climb a huge mountain of purple and green to entice the giants to make her a pancake breakfast.


Lang, Thomas. Going for the Gold: Apolo Anton Ohno. Avon, 2002. (I-Y)
Part athlete, part rock star, Apolo was a winner at the 2002 Winter Olympics.


Lankford, Mary. Hopscotch Around the World. Beech Tree, 1996. (I)
Instructions provide nineteen versions of this popular sidewalk game.


Lasky, Kathryn. The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy. Gulliver, 1997. (P-I)
Lasky follows a rain forest biologist as she charts life in the jungle.


Lasky, Kathryn. She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! Disney Press, 1997. (P-I)
Two proper Bostonian ladies established the Audubon Society in 1896 to protect the birds that were being put on hats for fashion and vanity.


Lederer, Richard. The Play of Words. Pocket Book, 1991. (Y)
Games encourage colorful language and entertaining vocabulary.


Lee, Stan. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Fireside, 1984. (Y)
From Spiderman to the Silver Surfer, Lee reveals the secrets to creating professional looking comic characters.


Lenssen, Ann. A Rainbow Balloon: A Book of Concepts. Lennsen, 1992. (T-P)
Thirty colorful hot-air balloons are labeled with opposite concepts while exploring how hot-air balloons operate.


Lessac, Frane. My Little Island. Harper, 1987. (P-I)
The joys of island life are depicted in fiery colors.


Levinson, Nancy Smiler. North Pole, South Pole. Holiday House, 2002. (I)
Across the empty, frozen land penguins and polar bears wander in this easy-to-read look at the artic regions.


Levy, Janice. Abuelito Eats with His Fingers. Eakin, 1998. (P-I)
Cristina is uncomfortable around her Spanish-speaking grandfather until she spends the day with him and he helps her begin to understand his culture and her family.


Lind, Michael. Bluebonnet Girl. Henry Holt, 2003. (P-I)
In this rhyming text, a Comanche girl sacrifices her most precious possession for the good of her people. The result is the beautiful bluebonnets that appear in the spring.


Lindbergh, Reeve. ¿Que es el sol? Lectorum, 1998. (P-I)
What is the Sun? Candlewick, 1994. (P-I)
As a grandmother tucks her grandson into bed, she quietly answers his questions about nature in rhyme.


Lionni, Leo. A Color of His Own. Knopf, 1993. (P)
A chameleon doesn't appreciate his ability to change color and wants a color of his own.


Lionni, Leo. Little Blue and Little Yellow. Mulberry, 1995. (P)
Two dabs of color have great adventures together. When they hug and become green, their parents do not recognize them. A great book for showing kids how colors blend and form new colors.


Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. Knopf, 1991. (T-P)
A little fish, alone in the sea, joins with others and devises a plan to camouflage them from the bigger fish.


Lohnes, Marilyn. Finger Folk. Alleyside, 1999. (L)
Twenty-five patterns for finger puppets, and plenty of finger rhymes.


Lomas Garza, Carmen. In My Family / En mi familia. Children's Book Press, 1996. (I)
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations, her experiences growing up in a Hispanic community in Texas.


Long, Ben. Making Digital Videos. Charles River Media, 2002. (L)
A beginners guide to movie-making that provides instructions on how to select equipment, write a script, film, edit, and transfer to other formats. Includes a CD-Rom tutorial and sample version of Adobe Premier.


Lourie, Peter. Lost Treasure of the Inca. Boyd’s Mills, 1999. (I)
Search for the lost gold of the Inca.


Lubar, David. Dunk. Clarion, 2002. (Y)
Chad, an 11th grade student living at the New Jersey shore, is mesmerized by the tawdry world of the boardwalk.


MacDonald, Suse. Sea Shapes. Gulliver, 1994. (T)
Shapes and colors come to life as beautiful sea creatures.


Macy, Sue. Play Like a Girl: A Celebration of Women in Sports. Holt, 1999. (I-Y)
A photographic celebration of women athletes in the Olympics, college, amateur, and professional sports.


Madrigal, Antonio Hernandez. Erandi’s Braids. G. P. Putnam's, 1999. (P-I)
In a poor Mexican village, Erandi surprises her mother by offering to sell her long, beautiful hair in order to raise enough money to buy a new fishing net.


Mallett, Jerry J. and Timothy S. Ervin. Fold and Cut Stories. Upstart, 1993. (L)
These simple stories accompanied by folding and/or cutting paper will delight children.


Mallett, Jerry J. and Marian R. Bartch. Stories to Draw. Upstart, 1982. (L) (OP)
Draw as you tell to illustrate the story.


Manning, Maurie J. The Aunts Go Marching. Boyd’s Mills, 2003. (P)
What's more American than a parade? These high-stepping ladies provide colorful fun as readers join in the counting.


Many, Paul. My Life, Take Two. Walker, 2000. (Y)
While producing a documentary film in order to complete a class, sixteen-year-old Neal Thackeray finds his passion.


Marcus, Leonard S. A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists Share Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal. Walker, 1998. (L)
The stories of artists who created some of the best-loved and most respected picture books.


Martin, Bill Jr. A Beasty Story. Silver Whistle, 1999. (P-I)
Steven Kellogg's illustrations complement a tongue-in-cheek story about color-obsessed mice and a scary monster. Each page introduces a new color and visual clues.


Martin, Bill Jr. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Holt, 1992. (T-P)
Each animal is a different color in this beloved story that will have children chanting along with the text.


Martin, Bill Jr. I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance with Commentary. Candlewick, 2002. (P-I)
The thirty-one words to the pledge are explained so that children understand the meaning and symbolism.


Marzollo, Jean. Soy el agua. Scholastic, 1999. (T-P)
I Am Water. Scholastic, 1996. (T-P)
This book shows many uses of water.


McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal. Viking, 1948. (P)
A little girl picking blueberries with her mother meets a little bear and his mother who are doing the same thing.


McDermott, Gerald. Musicians of the Sun. Simon and Schuster, 1997. (P-I)
This Aztec folktale explains why the world was colorless until four musicians were set free to play their instruments.


McDonnell, Flora. Quiero a los animales. Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1996. (P-I)
I Love Animals. Candlewick Press, 1994. (P-I)
A girl names all the animals she likes on her farm.


McGillian, Jamie. Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games. Sterling, 2003. (P-I)
A sidewalk is the canvas for art and games in this book.


McGrory, Anik. Mouton's Impossible Dream. Gulliver, 2000. (T-I)
A sheep gazes longingly at plans for a hot-air balloon and says "Someday I'm going to fly." In 1783 in France, a sheep and other animals did fly when the Montgolfier brothers tested their new craft.


McKissack, Patricia C. Messy Bessey's Family Reunion. Children's Press, 2000. (P)
This simple, rhyming story of an African-American family that gathers for food, fun, and stories is beautifully illustrated.


McKissack, Patricia. A Million Fish…More or Less. Random House, 1996. (P-I)
After listening to Papa-Daddy tell tall-tales about the fish he caught in the bayou, a young boy catches some small fish and imagines an even bigger tall tale.


McMillan, Bruce. Growing Colors. Lothrop, 1998. (T)
Beautiful photographs of fruits or vegetables enhance this story.


Meisel, Paul. Zara's Hats. Dutton, 2003. (P-I)
A hat maker runs out of the special feathers he needs and embarks on a journey to get them. While he is gone, his spunky daughter creates her own hats with handmade fabric flowers and papier-mâché fruits and animals.


Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum ABC. Little Brown, 2002. (P-I)
The word chosen for each letter is represented by a detail from four works of art in the Metropolitan's collection.


Milhous, Katherine. The Egg Tree. Simon and Schuster, 1973. (P-I)
A Pennsylvania Dutch family hangs eggs on an Easter tree in this 1951 Caldecott Medal winner.


Milich, Zoran. City Signs. Kids Can, 2002. (T)
The only text in this book is on the signs and vehicles around town.


Miller, Debbie S. Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights. Walker, 2003. (I)
Look at the sunsets, twilight, alpenglow, diamond dust, and other phenomena that color "the land of the midnight sun."


Millman, Isaac. Moses Goes to the Circus. Farrar, 2003. (P-I)
Moses, who is deaf, enjoys the circus when an ASL interpreter translates for him. The book includes diagrams for signs.


Minor, Wendell. America the Beautiful. Putnam, 2003. (P-I)
Minor sets the text of a national song to pictures that demonstrate the meaning of the words and the spirit of the lyrics.


Mora, Pat. Confetti: Poems for Children. Lee and Low, 1999. (P)
Narrative poems in English and Spanish celebrate colors and the beauty of the natural world.


Mora, Pat. Delicious Hullabaloo / Pachanga deliciosa. Piñata, 1998. (P-I)
In this poetic journey, the animals to gather and share in the festivities that a late night snack brings, accompanied by the music of the mariachi band. This bilingual poem features lizards, armadillos, and other desert animals.


Mora, Pat. The Rainbow Tulip. Viking, 1999. (I)
A Mexican-American first-grader experiences the difficulties and pleasures of being different when she wears a tulip costume with all the colors of the rainbow for the school May Day parade.


Munsch, Robert N. Ribbon Rescue. Cartwheel, 1999. (T-I)
Jillian is wearing a traditional Mohawk ribbon dress but gives away the ribbons to help people on their way to a wedding. Her selflessness earns her an invitation to be the flower girl.


Murphy, Stuart. Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! Harper, 2000. (T-P)
Colored cars lined up on a shelf in a sequenced order are used to illustrate math concepts until they are disturbed by pesty sister.


Myers, Walter Dean. Blues Journey. Holiday House, 2003. (P-I)
Soulful blues poems and powerful illustrations by Christopher Myers reflect the African-American experience from the Middle Passage to today.


Myers, Walter Dean. Crystal. Harper, 2002. (Y)
A 16-year-old girl discovers that modeling is hard work and questions whether the payoff is worth what she has to give up.


Myers, Walter Dean. Hoops. Laurel Leaf, 1983. (Y)
A former professional athlete befriends a 17-year-old player in Harlem and tries to help him avoid the mistakes that ended his career.


Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Harper, 2001. (Y)
Steve, an amateur filmmaker, is accused of murder. He recounts the experience of his incarceration and trial as a screenplay.


Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Treasure of Bessledorf Hill. Aladdin, 2001. (I)
According to local legend, pirate treasure is hidden in Bessledorf. When mysterious lights appear at night, Bernie and his friends set off to solve the mystery.


Nevraumont, Edward J. The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation. Meriwether, 2002. (Y)
Sixty skits for teams of two to twenty teens are provided, with suggestions and suggestions for performance, language, song, and movement.


Nicholson, Libby. Creating with Fimo Acrylic Clay. Kids Can, 1999. (Y-L)
Twenty-five projects made with non-toxic polymer clay.


Noda, Takayo. Dear World. Penguin Putnam, 2003. (T-I)
Bright paper collages illustrates poems that celebrate the world around us.


Nolen, Jerdine. Thunder Rose. Harcourt, 2003. (P-I)
Thunder Rose has marvelous strength and can subdue outlaws, but can she stop a whirling storm on a rampage?


Nurosi, Aki. Colorful Illusions: Tricks to Fool Your Eyes. Sterling, 2000. (I-Y)
Colorful optical tricks offer lots of fun.


Olson, Helen Kronberg. Stupid Peter and Other Tales. Random House, 1970. (I-Y) (OP)
Seven original fairytales that are perfect for reading aloud.


Olson, Margaret J. Tell and Draw Stories. Creative Storytime, 1963. (L)
Draw stories as you tell them.


O'Malley, Kevin. Humpty Dumpty Egg-splodes. Walker, 2003. (I)
Humpty seeks revenge on the other nursery rhyme characters that let him fall.


Orozco, José-Luis. Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America. Dutton, 1997. (T-I)
A collection of songs and rhymes from Latin America.


Osborne, Mary Pope. Afternoon on the Amazon. Random House, 1995. (I)
Jack and Annie go on an Amazon expedition to search for the magician Morgan le Fay in this Magic Tree House adventure.


Osborne, Mary Pope. American Tall Tales. Knopf, 1991. (I)
The introduction discusses the origins of the tall tales retold in this volume.


Osborne, Mary Pope. Happy Birthday, America. Roaring Brook, 2003. (P-I)
A family enjoys a 4th of July picnic.


Osborne, Mary Pope. New York's Bravest. Knopf, 2002. (P-I)
A 19th century firefighter is bigger than life in a tall tale that pays tribute to New York's firefighters.


Pallotta, Jerry. The Underwater Alphabet Book. Charlesbridge, 1991. (T-P)
From Angelfish to Zebra Pipefish, colorful illustrations illuminate the alphabet while introducing readers to a coral reef.


Panzer, Nora, ed. Celebrate America in Poetry and Art. Hyperion, 1994. (P-I)
Poems that celebrate American life are illustrated with paintings from the National Museum of American Art.


Paparone, Pamela. Los cinco patitos. Ediciones Norte-Sur, 1997. (T-P)
Five Little Ducks. North-South, 1995. (T-P)
Five little ducks take a walk.


Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard. Houghton, 2001. (Y)
A young orphan boy learns to be a potter in 12th Century Korea.


Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Colorful Captivating Coral Reefs. Walker, 2003. (P-I)
Fluorescent colors, wild shapes, and dazzling sights are revealed through watercolors that capture the glory of coral reefs.


Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterflies. Walker, 2003. (P-I)
The most glittering, gorgeous butterflies live in the tropics. From the biggest to the smallest, to the poisonous and the intriguing, vibrant watercolors depict their glory.


Paulsen, Gary. How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports. Random House, 2003. (Y)
Before extreme sports were labeled as such, the author and his friends attempted some pretty outrageous things.


Pearson, Debora. Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC. Holiday House, 2003. (T-P)
A colorful alphabet explores the signs and vehicles in a busy city.


Perkins, Catherine. The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Clown. Millbrook, 1996. (L)
Step-by-step instructions help turn any youngster into a clown.


Perry, Phyllis J. Ten Tall Tales: Origins, Activities, and More. Highsmith, 2002. (L)
Summaries of tall tales with information about their origins, along with activities and links to Web sites.


Pfeffer, Susanna. Faberge Eggs. Hugh Lauter Levin, 1995. (L)
Close-up views of 48 of the fabulous eggs.


Pfister, Marcus. The Rainbow Fish. North South, 1992. (T-P)
A colorful fish who won't share his beauty with others loses his friends.


Pfister, Marcus. El sol y la luna. North-South, 1998. (P-I)
Sun and Moon. North South, 1998. (P-I)
Day and night, Sun and Moon search for a friend.


Phelps, Joan Hilyer. Finger Tales. Upstart, 2002. (L)
Finger plays, finger puppets, and other “finger” food for storytimes.


Pinkney, Jerry. Aesop’s Fables. SeaStar, 2000. (P+)
A beautifully illustrated collection of Aesop’s fables, including “The Goose With the Golden Egg.”


Pinkney, Sandra L. A Rainbow All Around Me. Cartwheel, 2002. (T-P)
Bright photographs show children of all races and colors and simple text reminds us that we each have a piece of the rainbow in ourselves.


Polacoo, Patricia. Chicken Sunday. Philomel, 1992. (P-I)
Two African-American girls and a young Patricia want to buy a hat for a favored grandma. When they are mistakenly accused of "egging" the hat maker's shop, the girls create Ukrainian eggs to sell to help pay for the damage.


Polacco, Patricia. Rechenka's Eggs. Putnam, 1988. (P-I)
A peasant woman, known for her exquisitely beautiful Ukrainian eggs, helps a wounded goose. The goose accidentally breaks all of the old lady's eggs but then helps her replace them with some that are even more beautiful.


Polacco, Patricia. When Lightening Comes in a Jar. Philomel, 2002. (P)
A Michigan family holds a reunion and Gramma tells about collecting lightening bugs. This warm story of family traditions is filled with cool colors.


Porto, Tony. Get Red!: An Adventure in Color. Little Brown, 2002. (T-P)
Fresh out of the box, a crayon boasts about all that is red until it is worn to a nub.


Poulin, Bernard. The Complete Colored Pencil Book. North Light, 2002. (Y-L) (OP)
Practical ideas will inspire young artists.


Prelutsky, Jack. The Dragons are Singing Tonight. Greenwillow, 1993. (P-I)
Seventeen poems, some whimsical, some scary, that will appeal to young readers.


Prelutsky, Jack. For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funny Bone. Knopf, 1991. (P-Y)
From Shel Silverstein to Ogden Nash, this collection gathers some of the funniest poems ever written.


Prelutsky, Jack. New Kid on the Block. Greenwillow, 1984. (P-Y)
More than one hundred poems on many subjects, most of them silly, fantastical, or just plain goofy.


Prelutsky, Jack. Something Big Has Been Here. Morrow, 1990. (P-Y)
More light verse by this beloved children’s poet.


Press, Judy. Around the World Art and Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Craft Fun. Williamson, 2001. (L)
Art and craft ideas from a variety of cultures.


Raczka, Bob. Art Is…. Millbrook, 2003. (P-I+)
Simple rhymes are paired with reproductions of great works of art to encourage readers to consider what art is.


Raschka, Chris. John Coltrane's Giant Steps. Simon and Schuster, 2003. (P)
Coltrane's classic is transformed on the printed page with sheets of color to match the jazzman's "sheets of sound."


Rathmann, Peggy. Good Night, Gorilla. Puffin, 2000. (T-P)
A weary night watchman uses different colored keys to lock up the zoo, only to have a gorilla pick his pocket and let all of the animals out. Also available as a board book.


Ready, Dee. Choferes de autobuses escolares. Capstone, 1998. (P-I)
Explains the dress, tools, training, and work of school bus drivers as well as special features of their buses.


Reid, Rob. Family Storytimes: Twenty-Four Creative Programs for All Ages. ALA, 1999. (L)
Standard themes with creative twists for superior programs incorporating books, music, video, storytelling, and more.


Reiss, Kathryn. Paint by Magic. Harcourt, 2002. (I-Y)
Magic, art, and time travel combine to create a suspenseful story about an 11-year-old boy who has to figure out the secret of ancient paints that belonged to an evil artist.


Reisser, Lynn. Earthdance. Greenwillow, 1999. (P-I)
Terra's mother is an astronaut and she promises she'll return to earth in time to see Terra's school play. Reisser combines NASA photographs with her own illustrations to show the beauty and colors of the earth.


Renfro, Nancy and Debbie Sullivan. Puppets USA: Texas. Nancy Refro Studios, 1985. (L) (OP)
Folklore, music, and scripts for Texas-based puppet programs.


Rey, H.A. Elizabite: Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant. Houghton, 1999. (P-I)
Elizabite eats anything in her path. Studied by scientists, the plant is only really appreciated when her appetite prevents a crime.


Rice, Eve. City Night. Morrow, 1987. (T-P)
A young girl and her family enjoy the myriad sights and sounds of a city night, highlighted by the art of Peter Sis.


Richards, Jean. A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds. Millbrook, 2002. (T)
Short lines of text appear with colorful pictures that show how seeds become fruit.


Ricklen, Neil. Mis colores / My Colors. Simon and Schuster, 1994. (T-P)
This board book teachers to children who are just learning them.


Ricklen, Neil. Mis numeros / My Numbers. Simon and Schuster, 1994. (T-P)
A book of numbers for the youngest children in board book format.


Riggio, Anita. Secret Signs: an Escape through the Underground Railroad. Boyd’s Mills, 2003. (I)
A deaf boy paints pictures that fit inside the panoramic eggs his mother makes from maple sugar. When his mother is accused of helping runaway slaves, Luke uses his ingenuity to continue her work.


Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. Crown, 1991. (P-I)
While picnicking on the roof of her apartment building, a young girl dreams she is flying over the city.


Robinson, Fay. Cool Chameleons! Scholastic, 2003. (P-I)
Learn about chameleons in this simple-to-read text.


Rockwell, Anne. Big Wheels. Walker, 2003. (T-P)
Large machines, including cherry pickers and dump trucks, do their jobs.


Rockwell, Anne. Mr. Panda’s Painting. Macmillan, 1993. (T)
An artist sees all of the colors as he picks out tubes of paint at the art store.


Rosen, Michael. Food Fight: Poets Join the Fight Against Hunger With Poems to Favorite Foods. Harcourt, 1996. (P-Y)
Contemporary American poets offer a smorgasbord of food fun for a worthy cause.


Rosen, Michael. How the Animals Got their Colors: Animal Myths from Around the World. Harcourt, 1992. (P-I)
Nine pourquoi stories explain the unusual markings and coloring of various animals.


Rosenberry, Vera. Mail Myself to You. Goodyear, 1994. (P-I)
The rhyme and rhythm of Woody Guthrie’s song will inspire new readers to read and sing along.


Ross, Kathy. Crafts from Your Favorite Children’s Songs. Millbrook, 2001. (L)
Simple crafts based on favorite songs.


Ross, Kathy. Every Day is Earth Day. Millbrook , 1995. (P-L)
Twenty crafts encourage recycling and respect for the environment.


Ross, Kathy. Kathy Ross Crafts: Colors. Millbrook, 2003. (L)
Crafts ranging from simple to complex related to colors.


Ross, Michael Elsohn. Flower Watching with Alice Eastwood. Carolrhoda, 1997. (I)
Alice Eastwood had a lifelong interest in flowers. This colorful biography describes her life and her work as a botanist and includes suggestions for activities for children.


Ross, Tom. Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg. Paper Star, 1997. (P-I)
Eggbert is an artist and his paintings are appreciated by all, until someone notices that Eggbert is slightly cracked. Evicted from the refrigerator, Eggbert heads off to see the world and try to blend in.


Ross, Tony. Centipede’s One Hundred Shoes. Henry Holt, 2003. (P-I)
What do you do when a centipede has sore feet? Buy one hundred shoes!


Roughsey, Dick. Rainbow Serpent. Gareth Stevens, 1998. (I-Y) (OP)
An Aboriginal legend tells how the rainbow serpent created the Earth and all its creatures. Also available in video, audiocassette, and filmstrip.


Roy, Ron. The Goose's Gold. Random House, 1999. (I)
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose visit Key West and become involved in the search for a wrecked ship that is full of gold.


Rubin, Susan Goldman. Steven Spielberg: Crazy for Movies. Abrams, 2001. (Y)
A behind-the-scenes look at Spielberg's life and movie-making techniques.


Ryan, Pam Munoz. When Marian Sang. Scholastic, 2002. (P-I)
Brian Selznick uses color and monotones to emphasize the social injustices that tried to silence a great voice.


Ryden, Hope. Wildflowers Around the Year. Clarion, 2001. (P-I)
Full-color photographs provide a close up look at 38 wildflowers.


Ryder, Joanna. Wild Birds. Harper, 2003. (P-I)
Colorful illustrations provide an informative look at wild birds.


Sabbeth, Carol. Kids' Computer Creations: Using Your Computer for Art and Craft Fun. Williamson, 1995. (Y-L)
Fifty activities for art projects.


Sabuda, Robert. Arthur and the Sword. Atheneum, 1995. (I)
Stained glass-like illustrations depict the Arthurian legend.


Sabuda, Robert. The Blizzard's Robe. Atheneum, 1999. (P-I)
Batik art on paper illustrates this arctic pourquoi story that explains the origins of the northern lights.


Sabuda, Robert. Saint Valentine. Simon and Schuster, 1992. (P-Y)
Using mosaics crafted from tiny pieces of paper, Sabuda tells about the life of the man for whom the holiday is named.


Sabuda, Robert. Tutankhamen's Gift. Scott Foresman, 1994. (I)
Luminescent orange, purple, blue, green and gold hues reflect against papyrus pages to tell the story of the ancient Egyptian king.


Sabuda, Robert. Young Naturalist Pop-Up Handbook: Butterflies. Hyperion, 2001. (P)
Colorful, shimmering butterflies pop off the pages.


Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas. Cinco Puntos, 1999. (P-I)
After friends and family notice that her favorite yellow umbrella is torn, Grandma Fina gets quite a surprise on her birthday.


San Souci, Robert D. Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella. Aladdin, 2001. (P-I)
The lyrical text mixes French and Creole words to create a magical story of tropical life.


San Souci, Robert D. Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend and Tall Tale. Puffin, 2000. (I)
Fifteen stories, old and new, tell of clever, larger than life women from all regions of America.


San Souci, Robert D. The Twins and the Bird of Darkness: A Hero Tale from the Caribbean. Simon and Schuster, 2002. (P-I)
A brave young man tries to rescue a damsel in distress when she is kidnapped by the Bird of Darkness, a multi-headed monster.


Santoro, Scott. Isaac the Ice Cream Truck. Holt, 1999. (P-I)
Isaac the Ice Cream Truck doesn't feel as important as the other trucks until the day he is able to offer refreshing ice cream to some hot and tired firemen who have put out a building fire.


Say, Allen. The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice. Houghton, 1994. (Y)
Say draws on his own life to tell this story about a teenager who is a cartoonist's apprentice in post-War Japan.


Scarry, Richard. Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town. Golden, 2000. (T-P)
Colorful, comical characters inhabit a bustling town.


Schanzer, Rosalyn. Gold Fever! Tales from the California Gold Rush. National Geographic, 1999. (I)
The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill brought treasure hunters to California.


Schanzer, Roz. Davy Crockett Saves the World. Harper, 2001. (P-I)
Davy Crocketts actions are wildly exaggerated and his legend embellished to the delight of all.


Schneider, Christine M. Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band. Walker, 2002. (P)
A boy and girl search for the source of the music they hear and find a jazz band in a musical treasure hunt.


Schusterman, Neal. Full Tilt. Simon and Schuster, 2003. (Y)
Quinn and his brother Blake are thrown for a loop when they enter a phantom carnival and must survive seven rides to save their lives.


Schwartz, Alvin. Whoppers: Tall Tales and Other Lies. Harper, 1990. (I)
A classic collection of tall tales, yarns, and outright lies.


Scordato, Mark. The Three Stooges (Pop Culture Legends). Chelsea, 1995. (Y)
An entertaining and informative biography of the six men who played the Stooges is accompanied by numerous photographs.


Segal, Lore. Morris the Artist. Farrar, 2003. (P)
Morris brings a gift to a birthday party, but it's the gift he'd like for himself so he refuses to give it up. Fortunately, his gift turns out to be something all the guests want to do together.


Sempere, Vicky. 1 2 3: Un cuento para contar. Ediciones Ekaré, 1995. (T-P)
Come to a birthday party and learn how to count with the animals in this book.


Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham. Random House, 1960. (P)
Sam does not like green eggs and ham but this classic wacky rhyme delights readers.


Seuss, Dr. My Many Colored Days. Knopf, 1998. (T)
Bold colors and impressionist paintings reflect the moods and feelings described by the poetry of Dr. Seuss.


Shepard, Aaron. Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria. Harper, 2001. (I)
David Wisniewski illustrated this Nigerian tall tale about a foolishly boastful man.


Shepherd, Margaret. Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design. Broadway, 2001. (Y-L)
From choosing the pen and ink to personalizing style, illustrations and examples provide easy to follow instructions.


Sierra, Judy and Robert Kaminski. Multicultural Folktales: Stories to Tell Young Children. Oryx, 1991. (L)
Twenty-five folktales representing the peoples and cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, including Latin American and African American stories.


Silberstein-Storfer, Muriel. Doing Art Together: Discovering the Joys of Appreciating and Creating Art as Taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Famous Parent-Child Workshop. Harry N. Abrams, 1997. (L)
Step-by-step, no-fail instructions for a hands-on art course, including supplies, background, and techniques.


Silverstein, Shel. Falling Up. Harper, 1996. (P+)
Humorous, gross, poignant, and bizarre poetry.


Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. Harper, 1974. (P+)
Silly words and simple drawings make poetry fun.


Simmonds, Jackie. Pastel Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons. David and Charles, 2002. (Y-L)
Lessons for beginners.


Simon, Seymour. Now You See it, Now You Don’t: The Amazing World of Optical Illusions. Morrow, 1998. (I-Y)
Clear illustrations and easy to understand explanations bring optical illusions into focus.


Siomades, Lorianne. My Box of Color. Boyd’s Mills, 1998. (T-P)
Poetically questions whether color influences how others perceive animals and objects.


Sis, Peter. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. Farrar, 2000. (I)
Pictures, maps, and text tell the story of Galileo.


Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale. Harper, 1988. (P)
Unable to sell his caps, a peddler falls asleep beneath a tree that is filled with monkeys. When he awakens, the monkeys are wearing his caps.


Snicket, Lemony. The Carnivorous Carnival. Harper, 2002. (I-Y)
The Baudelaire siblings are accused of murder and disguise themselves to hide in a carnival.


Solodkoff, A. Von. Masterpieces from the House of Faberge. Abradale, 1989. (L)
Illustrations of the eggs and other masterpieces.


Spanyol, Jessica. Carlo Likes Colors. Candlewick, 2003. (P)
Carlo, a giraffe, explores his world and finds many colored objects and animals.


Stanley, Diane. Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. Harper, 2002. (P-I)
In this revisionist fairy tale, the miller's daughter doesn't want to marry the king, preferring the kind man who helped her spin straw into gold. The palace is filled with revisionist reproductions of fine art (the king as Mona Lisa, for example), adding to the visual fun.


Steffens, Bradley. Cartoonists. Lucent, 2000. (Y)
A look at the lives of Charles Schulz, Chuck Jones, Garry Trudeau, Cathy Guisewite, Matt Groening, and Scott Adams.


Steig, William. Pete's a Pizza. Harper, 1998. (P-I)
Pete’s parents turn him into a human pizza to brighten up his bad mood.


Steptoe, Javaka. The Jones Family Express. Lee and Low, 2003. (P-I)
Aunt Carolyn is coming for the family block party and a young boy wants to make her feel special.


Stevens, Chambers. Sensational Scenes for Teens: The Scene Studyguide for Teen Actors. Sandcastle, 2001. (Y-L)
Teen tested scripts, exercises, and vocabulary for comedic and dramatic scenes.


Stevens, Jan Romero. Carlos and the Carnival / Carlos y la feria. Rising Moon, 1999. (I)
Carlos ignores his father's advice about being careful how he spends his money at the carnival, and soon his pockets are empty.


Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. Farrar, 1997. (P-I)
Written in the form of letters, this Caldecott Honor book tells the story of a young girl who brings brightness to a Depression-era city through the beauty of her garden.


Strickland, Dorothy S. Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience. Boyd’s Mills, 1994. (I-L)
Poems about family life.


Stolzenberg, Mark. Be a Mime. Sterling, 2002. (Y)
With words and pictures, the art of mime is explained. Includes make-up techniques, body movements, and skits.


Strete, Craig Kee. They Thought They Saw Him. Greenwillow, 1996. (P-I) (OP)
A chameleon wakes up in an adobe granary and hides from the other animals as he explores. Bright illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.


Strom, Maria Diaz. Rainbow Joe and Me. Lee and Low, 1999. (T-P)
A young girl shares her love of colors with a blind man who in turn creates a rainbow of colors when he plays the saxophone.


Swanson, Diane. The Balloon Sailors. Annick, 2003. (P-I)
Two kings divide their kingdom, forcing a brother and sister to send notes via balloons and to use a hot-air balloon to visit their grandmother.


Swinburne, Stephen R. What Color is Nature? Boyd’s Mills, 2002. (P)
Photographs of colorful plants and animals explain the natural world.


Szekeres, Cyndy. Toby's Rainbow Clothes. Simon and Schuster, 2000. (T)
A little mouse romps and plays as he learns colors.


Tabor, Nancy Maria Grande. El gusto del mercado mexicano / a Taste of the Mexican Market. Charlesbridge, 1996. (P-I)
Describes many of the foods found at a Mexican market.


Tabor, Nancy Maria Grande. Somos un arco iris: We Are a Rainbow. Charlesbridge, 1997. (P-I)
Simple text and illustrations explore some of the similarities and differences that a child recognizes after moving to the United States from a Spanish-speaking country.


Tafolla, Carmen. Baby Coyote and the Old Woman / El coyotito y la vieja : a bilingual story. Wings, 2000. (P-I)
When the little old lady's trash blows away into the desert, the little coyote returns it to her doorstep.


Talbott, Hudson. Safari Journal. Harcourt, 2003. (I)
On an African safari, a twelve-year-old boy discovers the beauty of the landscape and wildlife and explores the colorful world of the Maasai.


Teitelbaum, Micheal. How to Draw Action: Dragon Ball Z. Scholastic, 2003. (Y)
Simple-to-follow instructions allow anyone to draw these popular animation characters.


Tello, Jerry. Abuelo y los tres osos / Abuelo and the Three Bears. Scholastic, 1997. (P-I)
Here is an adaptation of a traditional tale.


Temko, Florence. Traditional Crafts from the Caribbean. Lerner, 2001. (I-L)
A variety of projects, ranging from simple to complex, are shown with illustrations, precautions, and tips.


Thiele, Bob. What a Wonderful World. Atheneum, 1995. (P-I)
Ashley Bryan illustrates this story based on Louis Armstrong’s song. Multicultural puppets dance and bring the song to life.


Thomson, Sarah L. Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag. Harper, 2003. (P-I)
A colorful look at the complex history of our flag. Includes information on how the flag has changed over the years.


Thong, Roseanne. Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors. Chronicle, 2001. (P-I)
A rhyming concept book that primarily depicts symbols of Asian culture to illustrate ten colors.


Townsend, Sue. The Secret Life of Adrian Mole. Avon, 1987. (Y)
Adrian’s angst-ridden life is shared through his diary.


Torres, Leyla. Gorrión del metro. Mirasol / Libros Juveniles, 1993. (P-I)
Subway Sparrow. Farrar Straus, 1993. (P-I)
Although the passengers of the D train speak different languages, they work together to rescue a frightened bird.


Uribe, María de la Luz. La señorita Amelia. Ediciones Destino, 1983. (P-I)
A story about a lady who keeps birds in her house and three children who become her friends.


Uribe, Verónica. Diego y el barco pirata. Ekaré, 1996. (P-I)
Diego and his sister Daniela have an encounter with two friendly pirates.


Valenta, Barbara. Pop-o-Mania: How to Create Your Own Pop-Ups. Dial, 1997. (L)
Clear and explicit instructions allow anyone to make a pop-up.


Velasquez, Eric. Los discos de mi abuela. Lectorum, 2002. (P-I)
The author describes his boyhood summers spent at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem where she introduced him to the sounds and steps of the merengue and the conga and told him stories of Puerto Rico.


Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy. Knopf, 2001. (Y)
Sammy and her friend Marissa take a bus to Hollywood to find Sammy's actress mom but end up solving a mystery.


Van Gogh, Vincent, and Nadeem Zaidi. Van Gogh's World of Color. Hyperion, 2001. (T)
Baby Einstein encourages toddlers to explore fine art by looking for colors and objects.


Van Laan, Nancy. Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale. Knopf, 1991. (T-I)
Simple, repetitive chants explain how the crow lost his bright colors and sweet voice by helping his fellow creatures.


Van Leeuwen, Jean. The Amazing Air Balloon. Fogelman, 2003. (T-I)
The story of the hot-air balloon flight the 13-year-old boy who was the first person in America to ascend in a balloon.


Vaz, Mark Cotta. The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Del Rey, 2002. (Y+)
A behind the scenes look at the magic of Lucas Films.


Velasquez, Eric. Grandma's Records. Walker, 2001. (P-I)
A young boy learns the conga, merengue, and other dances while listening to stories about Puerto Rico in his grandmother’s Spanish Harlem apartment.


Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Apples, Apples, Apples. Winslow, 2000. (T-P)
The rabbit family wants to pick apples but they find many colors and varieties from which to choose. Simple cut-paper shapes provide bold, colorful illustrations.


Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Pinta ratones. Fondo de Cultural Económica, 1992. (T-P)
Mouse Paint. Harcourt, 1989. (T-P)
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.


Walter, Virginia. Making Up Megaboy. DK, 1999. (Y)
This illustrated novel uses computer graphics and multiple perspectives to tell the story of a random murder committed by a 13-year-old boy in suburban Los Angeles.


Warhola, James. Uncle Andy's: A Faabbulous Visit with Andy Warhol. Putnam, 2003. (I-Y)
In this story of a nephew's visit to his artist uncle's house, art is everywhere, even if others think it's just a mess.


Watt, Melanie. Leon the Chameleon. Kids Can, 2003. (P)
Leon turns colors that complement his friends and that makes him stand out. Includes an introduction to the color wheel.


Weatherford, Carole Boston. Juneteenth Jubilee. Lee and Low, 1995. (P)
A young girl who is new to Texas doesn't know about this special holiday, but quickly joins in the parades, crowds, picnics, and festivities with her family.


Weatherford, Carole Boston. Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City. Boyd’s Mills, 2001. (I-Y)
On the corner, at the city market, in church, or just playing on the sidewalk, city life is colorful.


Weiss, Stefanie Iris. Everything You Need to Know About Mendhi, Temporary Tattoos, and Other Temporary Body Art. Rosen, 1999. (Y)
An explanation of the cultural significance of mendhi is coupled with practical chapters that tell how to select, prepare, and apply the henna for mendhi and other temporary body art techniques.


Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss. You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Museum of Fine Arts. Dial, 2002. (P-I)
A girl and her brother leave their grandmother outside Boston's Museum of Fine Arts holding a balloon. While the kids explore the art inside, grandmother meets a wonderful assortment of people.


Wells, Rosemary. Max and Ruby’s Midas. Dial, 1995. (P)
A gluttonous bunny turns everything he looks at into candy and sweets.


Wells, Rosemary. Yoko's Paper Cranes. Hyperion, 2001. (P)
Inspired by the crane's that visit her grandfather's garden, Yoko folds paper cranes to show her love.


Wermund, Jerry. Earthscapes: Landforms Sculpted by Water, Wind, and Ice. Rockon, 2003. (P-Y)
Poetry and photographs celebrate the glory of frozen mountains, streams and rivers, glaciers, and other landforms.


Westray, Kathleen. A Color Sampler. Ticknor and Fields, 1993. (P-I)
Geometric shapes from quilts create optical illusions.


Wheeler, Lisa. Sailor Moo: Cow At Sea. Atheneum, 2002. (T-P)
If you like cows, you will enjoy the poetry in this collection.


Whipple, Laura. Celebrating America: A Collection of Poems and Images of the American Spirit. Philomel, 1994. (P-L)
Sixty poems highlight paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other art from the Art Institute of Chicago.


Wiese, Jim. Movie Science : 40 Mind-Expanding, Reality-Bending, Starstruck Activities for Kids. Wiley, 2001. (Y)
Learn the tricks of the trade while creating special effects with safe, readily available materials.


Williams, Karen Lynn. Painted Dreams. Lothrop, 1998. (I)
When her family can't afford to buy her the paints she desires, an eight-year-old Haitian girl, Ti Marie, finds her own ways to create art with recycled materials.


Wilson, April. Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief. Dial, 1999. (Y-P)
A drawing of a magpie comes to life but lacks color. Without words, readers watch as color magically returns.


Winter, Jeanette. Niño's Mask. Dial, 2003. (P-I)
Told that he is too young to wear a mask at fiesta, a young boy carves his own. Wearing his mask, he becomes Perro, the hero who saves the corn crop.


Wolkstein, Diane. The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales. Schoken, 1997. (I)
A collection of thirty Haitian stories that offer a colorful look at the culture of Haiti.


Wong, Janet. Apple Pie 4th of July. Harcourt, 2001. (P-I)
A young girl doesn't feel right because her Chinese parents are eating Chinese food on the 4th of July.


Wood, Audrey and Bruce Robert Wood. Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam. Scholastic, 1998. (P-Y)
Although this book is written for younger readers, it is the first picture book developed using 3-D sculpting software on a computer. Pair with Alphabet Adventure, also written by Audrey Wood, to demonstrate the possibilities of the medium.


Woodson, Jacqueline. We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past. Disney, 1998. (P-I)
An extended African-American family enjoys their annual celebration. Illustrated by Diane Greenseid.


Wright, David K. P.T. Barnum. Steck-Vaughn, 1997. (P-I)
This "first biography" introduces the man who invented "The Greatest Show on Earth."


Wright, Denise Anton. One-Person Puppet Plays. Libraries Unlimited, 1990. (L)
Patterns and scripts to do it yourself.


Yerkow, Lila Perl. Piñatas and Paper Flowers. Houghton, 1983. (L)
Patterns and background information on a variety of crafts that celebrate holidays in Spanish-speaking countries.


Yolen, Jane. Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. Boyd’s Mills, 2000. (I)
Thirteen poems accompanied by glorious photographs pay tribute to Mother Nature's art.


Yolen, Jane. Sky Scrape/City Scape. Boyd’s Mills, 1996. (I)
Chalk and pastel scenes coupled with poems by American poets celebrate New York and urban living.


Yorinks, Arthur. Quack! Abrams, 2003. (P)
The colorful, quilted illustrations by Adrienne Yorinks make this simple story about an adventurous duck spectacular.


Zaidi, Nadeem and Julie Aigner-Clark. Van Gogh’s World of Color. Baby Einstein, 2001 (T-P)
Explores concepts of colors through Van Gogh’s paintings


Zoller, Arthur David. Fish Counting. Charlesbridge, 2000. (T)
Close up images of fish, one to ten. Combine with Zoller's Fish Colors.

Magazines

Note: If you do not want to subscribe to these magazines, buy a few copies for use during your reading program. Ask library patrons to donate their unwanted copies or check with a local magazine distributor for donations of last month’s issues.

American Artist
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
mail@myamericanartist.com
http://myamericanartist.com
Ideas, inspiration, and step-by-step demonstrations of art techniques.


Book Links
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
www.ala.org
Literature related ideas, bibliographies, and background articles for librarians and teachers.


Comic Book Artist
TwoMorrows Publishing, 1812 Park Drive Raleigh, NC 27605
www.twomorrows.com/comicbookartist/
Celebrates the lives and work of the great cartoonists, writers, and editors. This irregular publication does not accept subscriptions, but buy some back issues for casual reading.


Comic Buyers Guide
700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990.
www.comicbuyersguide.com
News about comics, collecting, and the industry, including a conventions calendar.


Digit
IDG Communications Ltd., 99 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8TY
www.digitmag.co.uk
An inexpensive magazine that focuses on computer graphics and art. Note: Most of the computer graphics magazines originate in the United Kingdom. They are available in most major book stores, such as Barnes and Noble or Borders.


Entertainment Weekly
1675 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
www.ew.com
Weekly information about movies, television, and other entertainment.


Mad Magazine
www2.warnerbros.com/web/madmagazine/home.jsp
Comedy and other craziness.


Movie Maker Magazine
2265 Westwood Blvd. #479, Los Angeles, CA 90064
www.moviemaker.com
Interviews with the industry’s top actors, directors, screenwriters, and directors.


Muse
Carus Publishing Company, 315 Fifth St, Peru, IL 61354
www.cricketmag.com
Explore art, history, and science. Issues related to the Texas Reading Program theme include “Making Movie Monsters” (December 2001) and “Who Should Design Skateboard Parks” (July/August 2003).


Outside
400 Market Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
outsideonline@outsidemag.com
www.outsidemag.com
Outdoor sports and adventure including exotic travel.


SG (Surfing Girl)
Primedia, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142
www.sgmag.com
The magazine for girls who like the waves and beach culture.


Skateboarder
P.O. Box 1028, Dana Point, CA 92629
www.skateboardermag.com
For beginners and advanced athletes.


Sports Illustrated for Kids
P.O. Box 60001, Tampa, FL 33660-0001
Sikids_inbox@sikids.com
www.sikids.com
Everything sports written for kids.


Thrasher
1303 Underwood Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124
www.thrashermagazine.com
Information, activities, and biographies for young skateboard and snowboard enthusiasts.

Audio Recordings

Atkinson, Lisa. The One and Only Me. A Gentle Wind, 1989. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Daily situations inspire imaginary fun.


Barchas, Sarah. Get Ready, Get Set, Sing! High Haven Music, 1994. (cass w/book of lyrics) (T-P)
Also available in Spanish, lively songs feature colors, animals, shapes, and more.


Barchas, Sarah. ¡Piñata! and More: Bilingual Songs for Children. High Haven Music, 1997. (CD/cass
w/book of lyrics). (T-I)
Original and traditional bilingual songs.


Bartels, Joanie. Put On Your Dancing Shoes. 2002. (CD) (P-I)
World beat music will have listeners dancing.


Berkner, Laurie. Victor Vito. Two Tomatoes, 2001. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Sing-along songs offer interactive fun.


Brave Combo. Group Dance Epidemic. Rounder, 1997. (CD) (I+)
Texas’ own bohemian band plays everything to a polka beat! Includes “The Chicken Dance,” “The Mexican Hat Dance,” and “The Limbo.”


Buchman, Rachel. Hello Everybody. Gentle Wind, 1998. (CD) (T)
Traditional and original fingerplays are set to music.


Chapin, Tom. Around The World and Back Again. Cherry Lane Music, 1996. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Sixteen original songs explore different cultures.


Chapin, Harry. Living Room Suite. Elektra, 1978. (CD) (T+)
Two songs on the album are for children and “Flowers are Red” looks at how conformity can crush creativity.


Circus Clown Calliope, Vol. 1 and 2. The Orchard, 1999. (CD) (L)
Standard circus music.


Covert, Ralph. At the Bottom of the Sea. Minty Fresh, 2002. (CD) (T-I)
Parents will enjoy the songs along with the kids as Covert celebrates a variety of musical styles and themes.


Covert, Ralph. Ralph's World. Minty Fresh, 2001. (CD/cass) (T)
Funny songs feature colors, cowboys, and magic.


Del Rey, Maria. Lullabies of Latin America / Canciones de cuna de latinoamerica. Music for Little People : Distributed by Kid Rhino, 1998. (CD) (T-I)
Diamond, Charlotte. 10 Carrot Diamond. Hug Bug Records, 1985. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Original songs and traditional favorites sung in various languages.


Diamond, Charlotte. Diamond in the Rough. A&M, 1997. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Includes Diamond’s version of “The Foolish Frog” along with other old and new favorites.


The 5th Dimension. Up, Up and Away: The Definitive Collection. Arista, 1997. (CD) (T-Y)
The bright, exuberance of “Up, Up and Away” will lift any listeners spirits.


Fink, Kathy and Marcy Marker. Pillow Full of Wishes. Rounder, 2000. (CD) (T-P)
Folk-based tunes accompany gentle songs.


Garcia, Jerry. Not For Kids Only. Acoustic, 1993. (CD) (T-P)
Folk, blues, and bluegrass for children that will be enjoyed by adults as well.


Gates, Purly. Singin’ On a Star. Gentle Wind, 1999. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Songs for singin’ and swingin’ and dancin’ with the whole family.


Gates, Purly. Songs for a Healthy World. Sound Music, 1993. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Delightful songs that encourage a better planet.


George, Jean Craighead. One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest. Recorded Books, 1990. (Cass) (I)
Fictionalized tale of an Indian boy living along the banks of the Orinoco River in the Venezuelan rain forest.


Graf, Lenny. Un bosque hecho de espinacas. LGM, 1997. (Cass) (T-I)
The Green Chili Jam Band. Coconut Moon. Squeaky Wheel, 1997. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Pop, calypso, and multilingual lyrics spice up the beat.


Guthrie, Woody. Nursery Days. Smithsonian Folkways, 1958. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Blue grass nursery songs.


Harley, Bill. Down In The Backpack. Round River Productions, 2001. (Cass) (P-I)
Songs and stories are set to a variety of musical styles.


Harper, Jessica. Nora's Room. Alacazam, 1996. (CD) (T-P)
Energetic songs for dancing.


Himmelman, Peter. My Best Friend is a Salamander. Liquid 8, 2003. (CD) (T-I)
With lyrics reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s poetry, the songs have a 70’s rock and pop style.


Hudson, David. Rainbow Serpent: Music for Didgeridoo and Percussion. Celestial Harmonies, 1994. (CD) (L)
Authentic didgeridoo music.


Jenkins, Ella. Multicultural Children's Songs. Smithsonian Folkways, 1995. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Short, well-played folksongs are sung by a pioneer in the field who draws her inspiration from all parts of the world.


Johnson, Geof. The Sea, Beach, and Summer Stuff. The Orchard, 2003. (CD) (P-I)
Funky, fun beach songs.


Koch, Fred. Children’s Record. Red Rover, 1983. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Traditional folk songs for children.


Kyser, Kay. The Best of Kay Kyser and His Orchestra. Collectors’ Choice, 2000. (CD) (L)
The best of the swing era, this recording includes a variety of songs, including “Three Little Fishes.”


Líscano, Hugo. Infantiles por Hugo Líscano y Javier Galué, volumen 1. Anes, 1995. (CD) (T-I)
Líscano, Hugo. Infantiles, volumen 3. Anes, 1997. (CD) (T-I)
London Pops Orchestra. The Best of Movie Music, Vol. 1. Brentwood, 2002. (CD) (Y+)
Tunes from favorite contemporary movies. Also see additional volumes for other songs.


McCutcheon, John. Family Garden. Rounder, 1993. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Thirteen songs about contemporary families.


McCutcheon, John. Mail Myself to You. Rounder, 1988. (CD/cass) (T+)
McCutcheon uses the guitar and dulcimer to add whimsy to songs by Woody Guthrie.


McLean, Don. Legendary Songs of Don McLean. Capitol, 2003. (CD) (I+)
Some of the best of Don McLean’s folk songs, including “Vincent.”


McMahon, Elizabeth. Waltzing with Fireflies. Rosie Rhubarb Records, 2000. (CD) (T-I)
Fanciful melodies combine with a children’s chorus for great listening.


Merle Evans Circus Band. Circus Music from the Big Top. Legacy, 1994. (CD) (L)
A dozen circus songs offer variety.


Miliki. A mis niños de treinta años. BMG U.S. Latin, 1999. (CD) (T-I)
Music Workshop for Kids. Sky Blue Catfish. Liquid 8, 2003. (CD) (P-I)
Country, blues, and other tunes encourage kids to eat their fruit, dance, and have fun.


Nelson, Willie. The Rainbow Connection. Universal, 2001. (CD) (T+)
Willie and family recorded these songs especially for kids.


Orozco, José-Luis. De colores. Arcoiris, 1996. (CD / Cass) (T-I)
Features many popular children’s songs, including “Los elefantes” and “El chocolate.”


Orozco, José-Luis. Lírica infantil, volumen 3. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD / Cass) (T-I)
Features many popular children’s songs in Spanish, including “La Bamba.”


Orozco, José-Luis. Lírica infantil, volumen 4. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD / Cass) (T-I)
Features many popular children’s songs, including “La tia Monica.”


Orozco, José-Luis. Lírica infantil, volumen 5. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD / Cass) (T-I)
Features many popular children’s songs.


Osborne, Mary Pope. American Tall Tales. Audio Bookshelf, 2002. (CD/cass) (I-Y)
Introductory information tells the origins of some of our most beloved tall tales.


Palmer, Hap. Can A Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye? Hap-Pal Music, 1991. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Basic movements encourage children to learn about colors, numbers, and other concepts.


Papillon. Cajun for Kids. Music for Little People, 1998. (CD) (P-Y)
Cajun standards provide peppy music and dance instructions for programs.


Paz, Suni. Alerta Sings and Canciones para el recreo / Songs for the playground. Smithsonian Folkways, 2000. (CD) (T-I)
Peck, Richard. Fair Weather. Listening Library, 2002. (Cass) (I-Y)
Peck takes the listener back to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.


Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too. Warner Bros., 1993. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Folk music that is fun performed by musical legends.


Pirtle, Sarah. Two Hands Hold the Earth. A Gentle Wind, 1984. (CD) (T-P)
Silly songs encourage listeners to sing about the seasons and cooperation.


Polisar, Barry Louis. Family Trip. Rainbow Morning Music, 1993. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Witty, honest songs about real families.


Putumayo Presents Latin Playground. Putumayo World Music, 2002. (CD) (T-I)
Raffi. Baby Beluga. Rounder, 1996. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Sweet, simple songs focus on children’s favorite things.


Raffi. Let’s Play. Rounder, 2002. (CD) (T-P)
Raffi’s first new album in seven years offers a variety of old favorites and new songs that encourage play.


Rashid, Steve. Fidgety Feet. Woodside Avenue Music Productions, 1994. (CD/cass) (P-I)
This collection of swing music will have toes tapping, young and old alike.


Rogers, Sally. What Can One Little Person Do? The Orchard, 1992. (CD) (P-I)
Songs with a sense of humor and concern for kids and the environment.


Rosen, Gary. Tot Rock. Lightyear, 1993. (CD/cass) (T-P)
Lively music and soothing lullabies with a rock beat.


Roth, Kevin. Daddy Songs. Sony, 1992. (CD) (T-P)
Songs for the entire family from daddy’s point of view.


Salidor, Susan. Color Me Singing. 1998. (CD) (T-I)
Songs to sing-along and dance-along.


Scott, Elaine. Funny Papers. Recorded Books, 1996. (cass) (I-Y)
The history of comic strips and profiles of some of the most well-known and beloved cartoonists.


Scott, Elaine. Movie Magic. Recorded Books, 1996. (cass) (I-Y)
Mattes, models, and make-up all provide the special effects that make movies magical.


Scott, Rick. Making Faces. Jest, 2000. (CD/cass) (P-Y)
Combining dulcimer and other string instruments, the songs will tickle your funny bone. Older kids will enjoy the parodies and raps.


Scruggs, Joe. Bahama Pajamas. Lyons Group, 1990. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Songs that celebrate childhood


Scruggs, Joe. Deep in the Jungle. Lyons Group, 1997. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Songs to listen to or move around, emphasizing family activities and fun.


Scruggs, Joe. Late Last Night. Lyons Group, 1984. (CD/cass) (P-I)
Catchy lyrics and music make these activity songs favorites for listeners.


Seeger, Pete. Stories and Songs for Little Children. High Windy Audio, 1994. (CD) (P-I)
Simple, gentle songs that tell funny and poignant stories, Seeger’s version of “The Foolish Frog” is a classic.


Sharon, Lois, and Bram. Mainly Mother Goose. Drive Entertainment, 1984. (CD/cass) (T-P)
A standard assortment of Mother Goose and music.


Sharon, Bram and Lois. Wild About Animals. Elephant Records, 1997. (CD/cass) (P-I)
From farm to field to the imaginary, songs about all kinds of animals will delight listeners.


Shore, Dinah. 16 Most Requested Songs. Sony, 1991. (CD) (L)
Children will enjoy this classic rendition of “Buttons and Bows.”


The Spirit Cries: Music of The Rain Forests Of South America and The Caribbean. Rykodisc, 1993. (CD/cass) (L)
Part of the Library of Congress’ Endangered Music project, the music is authentic to the indigenous cultures of the rain forest.


Trout Fishing in America. InFINity. Trout Records, 2001. (CD) (P-I)
Exuberant songs mix with the up-beat melodies of the Caribbean and Africa.


Various Artists. Caribbean Party. Putumayo World Music, 1997. (CD/cass) (P+)
Dance oriented music from all regions of the Caribbean.


Various Artists. Chicken Soup For Little Souls: What A Wonderful World - Songs To Celebrate The Magic Of Life. Rhino Records, 1998. (CD/cass] (P-I)
“Grown-up” songs celebrate the world in which we live.


Various Artists. Dance and Sing: The Best of Nick Jr. Rhino Records, 2001. (CD) (T-P)
Songs from Nick Jr. television shows will be familiar to many listeners.


Various Artists. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. MCA, 1999. (cass) (I)
Robin Williams, Tim Curry, Raffi, and others sing songs from the movie.


Various Artists. George of the Jungle. Disney, 1997. (CD) (P-I)
Soundtrack from the movie includes tunes from the film, as well as additional tracks.


Various Artists. Jungle Book 2. Disney, 2003. (CD) (T-I)
Soundtrack from the popular movie.


Various Artists. Latin Playground. Putumayo Kids, 2003. (CD) (I-Y)
Liner notes in English and Spanish explain each songs origins from mambo to samba.


Various Artists. Reading Rainbow's Greatest Hits. Oasis Music, 1997. (CD) (T-I)
Favorite songs from the PBS show.


Various Artists. World Playground. Putumayo World Music, 1999. (CD) (P-Y)
Artists from around the world, representing twelve countries and six continents, include songs in many languages and styles.


Welch, Willy. I Won’t Eat That. Tamarisk Records, 2002. (CD) (P-I)
An eclectic mix of silly and serious songs by a Texas performer.


The Wiggles. Yummy, Yummy. Lyons Group, 2000. (CD/cass) (P-I)
An Australian boy band performs silly songs that encourage activity and movement.

Videorecordings and DVD

Note: Librarians must have public performance rights for all videos and DVDs shown in programs at the library. Do not assume that because the library purchased the video or DVD that it came with public performance rights. Check with your Texas Library System office for films they may have purchased with public performance rights. Films from Weston Woods and Reading Rainbow usually include performance rights but check the package to be sure. Many PBS programs also allow off-air videotaping for limited use in libraries. Check with your local public television station for details.

ABC's and 1-2-3's. Weston Woods, 2000. (13 minutes) (T-P)
Animated presentation of three stories in rhyme and based on the books by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Maurice Sendak.


Abuela. SRA / McGraw-Hill, 1994. (12 minutes) (P-I)
Rosalba and her abuela have a very special relationship which they share in this imaginary flight over Manhattan.


The Adventures of Taxi Dog. PBS, 1990. (30 minutes) (T-P)
The story of a dog that is adopted by a taxi driver and tours New York City is read aloud on this Reading Rainbow episode that includes a montage of people hailing cabs in the city.


American History for Children: United States Flag. Fabian-Bader Communications, 1996. (25 minutes) (P-I)
Explains the origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” origins of the flag, and the true story of Betsy Ross.


American Legends. Buena Vista, 2001. (58 minutes) (I-Y)
Using classic and recent footage, Disney tells the story of four characters from folklore: Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Casey Jones, and John Henry.


Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales and Legends: Davy Crockett. Hit Entertainment, 1998. (49 minutes) (P-I)
Meet the famed frontiersman.


Ana in the Rainforest. Bullfrog Films, 1992. (11 minutes) (P-I)
In a dream, Ana visits the rainforest and finds a cure for her sick pet iguana.


Animation for Kids. Bullfrog Films, 1994. (12 minutes) (I-Y)
After learning about the history of animation, kids learn to create their own cartoons and make a short movie.


Art Dog. Live Oak Media, 1999. (8 minutes) (P-I)
With a few strokes of his brush, a mysterious artist escapes from the police but leads them to the real thief who has stolen art from the museum.


Arthur Makes a Movie. Sony, 2002. (40 minutes) (P)
“Arthur the Unfunny,” episode #213 of the series, finds Arthur scheduled to perform as a clown, but he is notoriously unfunny! Includes two additional episodes.


Arthur: The Music Video. Sony Wonder, 1999. (30 minutes) (T-P)
A music festival based on the Arthur books.


Arthur’s First Sleepover. Random House, 1998. (15 minutes) (T-P)
Includes “Arthur's Lost Dog,” episode #112 of the Arthur series. Arthur's dog Pal gets lost while trying to retrieve some balloons from a clown at the town parade.


Baby Van Gogh. Baby Einstein, 2000. (30 minutes) (T-P)
A puppet helps young children learn about colors in six segments. The emotions of color are emphasized through classical music.


Bambi Meets Godzilla and Other Weird Cartoons. Rhino, 1994. (30 minutes) (Y)
Some of the strangest animated shorts ever made are gathered in one place.


Barney: What a World We Share. Lyrick Studio, 1999. (54 minutes) (T-P)
Barney and friends visit France, Canada, and Mexico searching for Stella.


Barney's Great Adventure. Polygram, 1998. (78 minutes) (T)
Barney and his friends find a rainbow colored egg in this full-length feature film.


Barney's Round and Round We Go. Hit Entertainment, 2002. (45 minutes) (T-P)
Join Barney and his friend Pop Wheely as they teach kids all about the finer points of transportation.


Barney's Safety. Lyons Group, 1992. (48 minutes) (T)
Barney and friends learn safety tips, including crossing the street.


Behind the Scenes with King Kong in Special Effects. Nova, 1996. (33 minutes) (Y)
Learn how King Kong was created for an IMAX movie.


Between the Lions: Red Hat, Green Hat. WGBH, 2001. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Leona Lion makes a replica of the hat she sees in a book and it causes chaos.


Black Cat. Spoken Arts, 2000. (7 minutes) (T+)
A black cat moves around the city, passing shops and cars, crossing rooftops, and finding a place to belong.


Blueberries for Sal. Weston Woods, 1967. (9 minutes) (T-P)
A little girl and a little bear pick blueberries with their mothers.


Blues Clues - Get to Know Joe! Paramount, 2002. (96 minutes) (T)
Includes four episodes, each approximately 24 minutes long. Joe and the gang from Blue's Clues decide to make a book about themselves in the segment, “Big Book About Us.”


A Bug’s Life. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 1999. (105 minutes) (P+)
Journey inside the miniature world of bugs where an ant named Flik hires warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers.


Cannonball. Weston Woods, 1984. (28 minutes) (P-I)
Hugo the clown is about to lose his job until he befriends a homeless dog and they develop a new circus act.


Caps for Sale. Weston Woods, 1960. (5 1/2 minutes.) (T-P)
A peddler loses his caps to a band of mischievous monkeys.


Colors (Baby's First Impressions, Vol. 2). Small Fry, 1998. (32 minutes) (T)
Each color is on-screen for about three minutes accompanied by a variety of musical themes and provide a series of stimulating pictures for viewers, even as young as 8 months old.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. New Video, 2002. (25 minutes) (T-P)
Based on the stories by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, Pat Hutchins, Jack Kent, Pete Seeger and Charles Seeger.


Cuentos marineros. Paramount, 2003. (62 minutes) (P+)
Sponge Bob and his friends Squidward, Gary, Patrick and Mr. Krabs go on one sea adventure after another.


Dora’s Backpack Adventures. Paramount, 2003. (50 minutes) (T-P)
In two adventures, Dora explores the world using maps and more.


D.W. Rides Again. WGBH, 1998. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Arthur’s family hosts a reunion and he faces a “cousin catastrophe.”


Egg-ceptional. Phoenix Film, 1981. (9 minutes) (P-I)
A spunky eggs large size spares him from the Easter Egg vat and allows him to hatch.


Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. Weston Woods, 2003. (18 minutes). (P-I)
A cool cat named Scat tells how Ella got her jazzy sound.


The Enchanted Crayon. Vol. 1. Facets, 1974. (54 minutes) (T-P)
A magic crayon allows a little boy’s drawings to come to life. Six episodes without dialogue.


Faroun, The Little Clown. Phoenix Films, 1985. (14 minutes)(P-I)
A collage of animation techniques is used to tell the story of a little clown who entertains the other toys.


Five Lionni Classics. Weston Woods, 1986. (27 minutes) (T-P)
Animated versions of Frederick and four other Leo Lionni classics. Each lasts 5 minutes.


The Flintstones: Hooray for Hollyrock. Hanna-Barbera, 1994. (50 minutes) (Y)
Two animated episodes feature Tony Curtis and Ann-Margaret.


Freight Train. American School, 1991. (6 minutes) (T-P)
Moving colors and whistling trains provide a dramatic effect.


Get to Know Lynne Cherry. Harcourt, 1993. (20 minutes) (I+)
Filmed at the locations that have inspired her environmentally sensitive books, viewers learn about an author/illustrator and her work. Includes performance rights for library programs.


Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain. Universal Studios, 1995. (94 minutes) (P-Y)
A tomboy is determined to stake her claim on a mountain that is rumored to contain gold.


Green Eggs and Ham. Sony, 1997. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Three classic Dr. Seuss stories including the title story about Sam and the foods he does not like.


Gregory the Terrible Eater. GPN, 1992. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Reading Rainbow, episode 11, includes a reading of this story about Gregory, who wants to eat fruits and vegetables instead of typical goat food.


Harold and the Purple Crayon and More Harold Stories. Scholastic, 2003. (23 minutes) (T-P)
Harold draws himself in and out of adventures.


Hola amigos, volumen 1. Monterey Home Video, 1997. (55 minutes) (P+)
Paco, the fun-loving Chihuahua, has exciting adventures with his human and animal friends.


Honk. Disney Educational Productions, 2002. (17 minutes) (P+)
A ballet-smitten swan named Mimi drives everyone crazy practicing-until she finally wins acclaim when she manages to join the other dancers in a performance of Swan Lake.


In the Small, Small Pond. Weston Woods, 2001. (5 minutes) (T-P)
Colorful frogs, toads, and tadpoles jump around the pond.


Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Liking Yourself Inside and Out. Columbia, 2003. (65 minutes) (T)
Jay Jay, a curious six-year-old airplane, helps his friend accept herself after she tries a series of "bad paint jobs" in an effort to make herself more exciting. Five stories, including “A Plane of a Different Color.”


Jazztime. Weston Woods, 1991. (26 minutes) (P-I)
In 1919 Harlem, two girls, one white and one black, develop a friendship while listening to “Fats” Waller play jazz.


Jock: A True Tale of Friendship. Questar, 2001. (90 minutes) (I+)
A young man heads for the gold rush in the Transvaal of Africa in the late 1800’s.


John Henry. Rabbit Ears, 1999. (30 minutes) (I)
Denzel Washington performs the story of the legendary figure who was a steel-driving man. Music by B.B. King.


Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair. Eames, 1960. (6 1/2 minutes) (T-I)
Classic designers Ray and Charles Eames used their trend setting stacking chairs and stop action film to create kaleidoscope images.


King Midas and the Golden Touch. Rabbit Ears, 1997. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Actor Michael Caine narrates this Greek legend.


A Kiss for Little Bear. Paramount, 1999. (32 minutes) (T-P)
Four stories, including “The Painting,” based on the book by Else Holmelund Minarik.


The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. PBS, 1992. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Little Gopher dreams of being an artist in this story by Tomie DePaola. This episode of Reading Rainbow includes a reading of the book and a visit to Taos Pueblo where viewers meet a family of potters and dancers.


Legends of Comedy: The Golden Age of Comedy. Reader’s Digest, 1992. (60 minutes) (Y+)
Charlie Chaplin, The Little Rascals, Laurel and Hardy, and other comedians from the 1920s and 1930s.


Let's Help Each Other. Columbia TriStar, 2003. (40 minutes) (P+)
Originally shown on the television program called “Dragon Tales.”


Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. GPN, 1983. (29 minutes) (P-I)
In addition to reading the book by Demi, Lavar Burton visits Chinatown in this Reading Rainbow episode.


Linnea in Monet’s Garden. First Run Features, 1991. (30 minutes) (I)
Discover Monet’s art through the story of a girl who visits his gardens in France.


The Lotus Seed. GPN, 1994. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Based on the book by Sherry Garland, this Reading Rainbow episode focuses on the story of a Vietnamese girl who carries a lotus seed to remind her of the emperor.


The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow. Kid Vision, 1996. (30 minutes) (P-I)
The goal of Ms. Frizzle’s pinball machine is to light up the colors of the rainbow.


The Magic School Bus in the Rain Forest: A Tropical Paradise Adventure. Kid Vision, 1999. (30 minutes) (I)
Ms. Frizzle and the kids learn about the web of life in the rain forest.


Maisy's ABC. Universal Studios, 2001. (36 minutes) (T-P)
Maisy and her friends play at the beach, have fun in the grass and join a parade as they learn their ABC's.


Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses. Chip Taylor, 1993. (10 minutes) (T-P)
English and American nursery rhymes.


The Most Wonderful Egg in the World. Weston Woods, 1986. (5 minutes) (P)
Whichever hen lays the most beautiful egg will become a princess.


Mr. Magoo: Treasure Island. Video Learning Library, 1969. (60 minutes) (I-Y)
Mr. Magoo tells Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of pirates and the high seas.


Multicultural Peoples of North America. Schlessinger Video Productions. (30 minutes) (I+)
Each video in this series highlights a different culture. It is based on the Chelsea House series.


My Family, Your Family. Sunburst, 1994. (14 minutes) (I+)
This video features children of multiracial and multiethnic backgrounds in a variety of family situations.


Paper Bag Princess. Golden Book Video, 1991. (25 minutes) (P-I)
A princess outsmarts a dragon and discovers that being smart is good. Based on the book by Robert Munsch.


Pecos Bill. Rabbit Ears, 1999. (30 minutes) (P-I)
Robin Williams narrates the story of the wonder of the wild West.


Pete’s a Pizza. Weston Woods, 2000. (7 minutes) (P-I)
Food was never as much fun as when Pete’s family turns him into a pizza to cheer him up.


Picnic. Weston Woods, 1990. (13 minutes) (P-I)
Based on the book by Emily Arnold McCully, a little mouse disappears on his way to a family outing.


A Picture for Harold’s Room. Weston Wood, 1971. (6.5 minutes) (T-P)
Harold uses his crayon to draw a picture of his room and then he becomes part of it.


Pools, Parks and Picnics. Lyrick Studios, 1998. (55 minutes) (T-P)
Kipper and friends appear in seven episodes, including “The Picnic.”


Rainbow Fish: School of Fish. Sony, 2001. (45 minutes) (T-P)
Rainbow and his pals start a new "seamester" at school.


A Rainbow of My Own. Live Oak, 1987. (5 minutes) (T)
Based on Don Freeman’s book, a boy finds a rainbow in his room.


Rainbow Serpent. Weston Woods, 1978. (12 minutes) (P-I)
This Aboriginal legend tells how a snake created the Earth and all the creatures on it.


The Real Mccaw. Paramount, 2000. (90 minutes) (I-Y)
A boy and his wisecracking bird search for buried treasure.


The Red Balloon. Weston Woods, 1956. (34 minutes) (T-P)
A lonely boy befriends a red balloon in the classic film.


Ritmo y blue: juega con blue. Paramount, 2001. (50 minutes) (T-P)
In these tuneful tales, preschoolers will sing favorite songs, listen for melodies, clap out beats and remember rhythms as they discover music.


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Informed Democracy, 1990. (30 minutes) (I-Y)
Liv Ulmann tells the story, based on Eleanor Coerr's book, about a Japanese girl who folds paper cranes hoping for peace.


Shell. Dorling Kindersley, 1996. (35 minutes) (I+)
This is based on the book published by DK.


Snowflake Bentley. Weston Woods, 2003. (20 minutes) (P-I)
No two snowflakes are alike and their kaleidoscopic beauty was recorded by Willie Bentley.


Spider-Man. Tri-Star, 2002. (121 minutes) (Y)
High-school nerd Peter Parker becomes a superhero.


Star-Spangled Banner. Weston Woods, 2002. (5 1/2 minutes) (P-I)
Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem accompanied by Peter Spier’s artwork.


The Talking Eggs. Weston Woods, nd. (25 minutes) (P-I)
A young girl receives three magical talking eggs in this Creole fairy tale with a novel twist to it.


Three Hat Day. GRN, 1987. (29 minutes) (P-I)
Based on the book by Laura Geringer, this episode of Reading Rainbow tells the story of a hat collector who is having a bad day.


This is America, Charlie Brown: The Music and Heroes of America. Paramount, 1995. (25 minutes) (P-I)
Schroeder, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy play patriotic music while Lucy and Franklin pay homage to American heroes.


Trenes. The Lyons Group, 1996. (25 minutes) (T-P)
BJ, Baby Bop and the children share special toys and treats left behind after trains pass through the playground.


This Land is Your Land. Weston Woods, 1999. (12 minutes) (P-I)
Woody Guthrie’s son, Arlo, performs his father’s song in this stunning adaptation.


Toccatta for Toy Trains. Eames, 1957. (14 minutes) (P+)
Toy trains travel through an imaginary world.


Travels Through Time and Space: Robert Sabuda Retrospective. Robert Sabuda, nd. (75 minutes) (Y-L)
Sabuda shares the joy of his art during a tour of his exhibit at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.


Vincent Van Gogh: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists. Kiki and Associates, 2001. (23 minutes) (I-Y)
Based on the book by Mike Venezia, funky animation and artwork introduces Van Gogh and his art.


Waiting for Wings. Weston Woods, 2002. (6 minutes) (P)
Based on Lois Ehlert’s book, butterflies bloom like flowers, transforming from caterpillars to butterflies.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Walt Disney, 1988. (104 minutes) (Y)
Toon Town is filled with mystery as Roger Rabbit tries to clear himself of a murder charge.


Wiggly, Wiggly World. Legacy, 2002. (46 minutes) (T-P)
It’s a wacky, whimsical world with the songs of The Wiggles

CD-ROMs

The Art Lesson. Learning Company, 1996. (P-I)
Based on Tomie DePaola’s book, children have the tools to create art online. Includes an interview with DePaola and a video tour.


Blue's Art Time Activities. Humongous Entertainment, 2000. (P-I)
Chalk Girl leads children through art activities.


Disney’s Magic Artist Studio. Disney, 1999. (Y)
Learn how to draw Disney characters from Disney artists.


Flash Action Colors, Shapes and More. School Zone, 2002. (T-P)
Traditional flash cards meet technology as kids learn basic concepts for school readiness.


KaleidoDraw. Protozone, 2003. (P+)
Create millions of magical patterns in an endless palette of colors.


KidPix Deluxe 3. Broderbund, 2000. (I-Y)
Create a slideshow with still or moving pictures and add sound, or create a digital storybook.


Liberty’s Kids. Learning Company, 2002. (I)
Based on the PBS program Liberty’s Kids, this interactive software turns children into apprentice reporters for Ben Franklin during the American Revolution.


Make a Masterpiece. IBM/Crayola, 1998. (P-I)
Use realistic tools, like crayons and paint, or wacky media like shaving cream and popcorn, to create a masterpiece. Includes information about artwork from The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the State Heritage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Orly's Draw-A-Story. Broderbund, 1996. (P-I)
A little girl from Jamaica leads users through storytelling and drawing set to Caribbean music.


Painters Painting. Voyager Company, 1999. (I-Y)
Derived from a film of the same title, which is included on the CD-ROM, this product provides a look at the lives and works of post-War artists, including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and others.


Tesselmania Deluxe. Learning Company, 1995. (Y)
Form mosaic patterns and composite drawings by repeating and interlocking images to combine geometry and the art of M. C. Escher.

 



Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!


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