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Dog Heaven

Cynthia Rylant - 1995
    Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet. From expansive fields where dogs can run and run to delicious biscuits no dog can resist, Rylant paints a warm and affectionate picture of the ideal place God would, of course, create for man's best friend. The first picture book illustrated by the author, Dog Heaven is enhanced by Rylant's bright, bold paintings that perfectly capture an afterlife sure to bring solace to anyone who is grieving.

Tops & Bottoms

Janet Stevens - 1995
    With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”--BooklistThis title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories)

The Library

Sarah Stewart - 1995
    What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest institutions.The Library is a 1995 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year.

Julius, the Baby of the World

Kevin Henkes - 1995
    At first, big sister Lilly thought it might be fun to have a new baby in the family. But when her parents repeatedly coo, "Julius is the baby of world," Lilly's mouse hackles begin to rise. Soon the jealousy is too much for her, and she embarks on a rejection campaign that is hysterically funny, but also comforting for siblings who probably feel just as much resentment but would never go to Lilly's extremes. Kevin Henkes, creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse refuses to shy away from the truly powerful and sometimes dark feelings of children. Through bright watercolors and handwritten, cartoon-style dialogue, Henkes relishes Lilly's wickedness. For example, she delights in insulting her oblivious baby brother: "If you were a food, you'd be a raisin," she whispers into his crib. "If you were a number you'd be zero." When she paints an elaborate family portrait, she leaves Julius out. When she throws a tea party, guess which baby doesn't get an invitation? But when a visiting cousin starts insulting baby Julius, we discover that the flip side of Lilly's intense jealousy is an even more powerful and lasting loyalty. ALA Notable Book, ALA Booklist Children's Editors' Choice, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List, Parent's Choice Honor for Literature. (Baby to Preschool) --Gail Hudson

The Jolly Pocket Postman

Janet Ahlberg - 1995
    Join the Jolly Postman with his mailbag of delightful deliveries for Dorothy from Oz, Alice from Wonderland, and other favorite storybook characters.


Istvan Banyai - 1995
    But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages. "This book has the fascinating appeal of such works of visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books." -- Kirkus Reviews"Ingenious."-- The Horn Book

My Goodnight Book

Eloise Wilkin - 1995
    On board pages.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book

Keith Faulkner - 1995
    This talkative frog with a huge mouth just can't stop asking the creatures he encounters what they like to eat--that is, until he stumbles upon a creature who just loves to eat wide-mouthed frogs!

The Very Busy Spider

Eric Carle - 1995
    One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!This multi-sensory book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them. And with its rhythmic text, The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear."A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity."--The Horn Book, starred review"Both sighted and blind children will follow the action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner."--Booklist, starred review.

Franklin Goes to School

Paulette Bourgeois - 1995
    In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin faces the excitement and fear of starting school.

I Spy School Days: A Book of Picture Riddles

Jean Marzollo - 1995
    Provides brainteasers to solve in a blackboard scene, hundreds of tiny objects to ponder in a classification puzzle, Rube Goldberg-type contraptions to figure out, and a nature spread that encourages learning through observation.

Piggie Pie!

Margie Palatini - 1995
    The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies -- where else? -- on Old MacDonald's Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, "Piggie Pie" adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.

Big Red Barn

Margaret Wise Brown - 1995
    A lulling text and exquisite illustrations follow the animals' day on the farm as they make their noises, play in the grass, and return to the big red barn to fall sound asleep.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Peggy Rathmann - 1995
    A glorious picture book." -- The Horn Book"Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of chidren's books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think." -- Children's Book Review Magazine"Rathman brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book." -- Publisher's Weekly"A five-star performance." -- School Library Journal

The Hallo-Weiner

Dav Pilkey - 1995
    But one brave act on Halloween makes Oscar a Grade-A hero, proving that a little wiener can be a real winner!

Clifford and the Big Storm

Norman Bridwell - 1995
    Once again, the heroism and humor of America's favorite Big Red Dog saves the day--and Emily Elizabeth's grandparents' home--when the big storm comes.

Math Curse

Jon Scieszka - 1995
    Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken.

The Very Lonely Firefly

Eric Carle - 1995
    It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it's looking for--a surprise sure to bring smiles to anyone who turn the final page!Lushly illustrated with Eric Carle's trademark vibrant collage art, soothingly told with a gentle read-aloud rhythm, and complete with a surprise sure to "light up" children's faces, The Very Lonely Firefly will fast become a storytime favorite. Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table--and watch those fireflies glow!

Misty Morgan

Stephen Cosgrove - 1995
    A princess regrets her selfish behavior when her friend Morgan the unicorn disappears.

Going to Town

Laura Ingalls Wilder - 1995
    One spring day Pa has a wonderful surprise--he is taking the family on a trip into town! Laura is very excited, for she has never been to a town, and this special visit is everything she imagined and more.Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. Now for the first time, the youngest readers can share her adventure in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybooks. Renée Graef's warm paintings, inspired by Garth Williams' classic Little House illustrations, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life.Laura and Mary get ready for their very first trip from the little house in the Big Woods into town, where a visit to the general store and a picnic by the lake await. 1995 ‘Pick of the Lists’ (ABA)


Sarah Perry - 1995
    offers a surrealistic view of the natural world. The two-page spreads present artful watercolors paired with such strange possibilities as "If zebras had stars and stripes...," "If the moon were square...," and "If worms had wheels...." Although some of the ideas and pictures are whimsical to the point of being downright creepy ("If caterpillars were toothpaste...," "If toes were teeth..."), the hypotheticals will surely inspire flights of fancy for readers of all ages. What could be more appealing for a 5-year-old than imagining the silliest suppositions and seeing them come to life in realistic paintings? Sculptor Sarah Perry creates a world to make us stop and think. One of her best illustrations depicts a large, hairy warthog with a sparkling crown and the text, "If ugly were beautiful...." With every if idea, the author encourages the kind of mental double take that comes naturally for children. (Ages 4 to 7, and adults, too) --Emilie Coulter

D.W. the Picky Eater

Marc Brown - 1995
    is very picky about what she eats. She doesn't seem to like anything. Her dining out days with her family are cut short when she refuses to eat her salad and flings it to the floor. Will her table manners improve in time for her Grandma Thora's special dinner out? Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Mabel Murple

Sheree Fitch - 1995
    In Mable Murple a young girl dreams of just that -- with some wonderfully wacky results!Winner of the Ann Connor-Brimer Award.

The Gypsy Princess

Phoebe Gilman - 1995
    A gypsy girl who gets the opportunity to live in a palace as a princess finds she prefers her gypsy life after all.

Dinner at the Panda Palace

Stephanie Calmenson - 1995
    But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?This fun, rhyming counting book is celebrating 25 years in print!

The Song of the King

Max Lucado - 1995
    Fully illustrated. Story originally appeared in Tell Me the Secrets.

The Apartment Book

Leo Hartas - 1995
    -- USA Today

Nina Bonita

Ana Maria Machado - 1995
    "Black is beautiful" to a little white rabbit and while trying to discover the secret that will make him black, readers get a funny, yet educational introduction to genetics. Full color.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Jake Swamp - 1995
    "Giving Thanks" is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations.


Istvan Banyai - 1995
    Zoom from an Egyptian pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems.

Shin's Tricycle

Tatsuharu Kodama - 1995
    Shin's uncle is able to get him the impossible: the tricycle he desperately wants. He is riding the wonderful, brand-new tricycle when the atom bomb is dropped. Shin is found in the rubble, holding on to his treasure. He dies later that day, ten days before his fourth birthday. The tricycle now sits in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima.

The Jester Has Lost His Jingle

David Saltzman - 1995
    They ultimately discover that not only can laughter redeem a weary world, it also can provide the best tonic for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

I Love You the Purplest

Barbara M. Joosse - 1995
    While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart.

A Remainder of One

Elinor J. Pinczes - 1995
    Queen's count! Two, three! We are the marching infantry! Poor Joe! He wants to march in the parade, but every time the lines are uneven, he must stand aside. What's a poor bug to do? Joe is determined. He studies the problem, relining the twenty-five bugs in his squadron from two lines to three lines to four lines, until inspiration and fortitude result in five lines of five -- and Joe fits in the last.

Papa Gatto

Ruth Sanderson - 1995
    Seeking someone to care for his motherless kittens, Sir Gatto, advisor to the Prince, hires a beautiful, but lazy girl, and then her plain, but loving stepsister.

The Deer in the Wood

Laura Ingalls Wilder - 1995
    The youngest readers can share her adventure in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybooks. These classic Little House illustrations bring Laura and her family lovingly to life.

Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!

John Gile - 1995
    Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! by John Gile produces laughs and gasps that make its "reading is vital" message a child-pleasing joy. Highly acclaimed and a national bestseller, it's a perfect book for fun-loving parents and high spirited teachers who laugh with their children and use humor to teach. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! is used extensively in schools and even in adult literacy programs to foster reading development. In addition to being the 2011 pick for the New Orleans Literacy Extravaganza, it has been a Scholastic Book Club selection, a Teachers' Choice Award winner, a National Read America! selection, and is included in the Reading is Fundamental Book List.

Fairy Wings

Lauren A. Mills - 1995
    But when the boy fairy Kip invites her to attend the May Dance, Fia accepts. Her wingless condition causes a stir until the dance is interrupted by a wicked troll seeking a late-night snack of fairy wings. Full-color illustrations.

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story

Geri Keams - 1995
    This wonderful story by a renowned storyteller explains how light was brought to the dark side of the world.

The Adventures of Adam Raccoon: Bully Garumph

Glen Keane - 1995
    It is also a wild and untamed land where wolves and dangers abound. Fortunately, King Aren watches over and protects Adam and his friends who love to play and explore every corner of Master's Wood.

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Little Dog

Maj Lindman - 1995
    They took him in and washed and fed him and wished out loud that they could keep him. But the next morning, Mother found a notice in the paper about a lost little dog.Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 1/1/1995 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 3 and Up


Arthur Dorros - 1995
    Through her abuela's eyes, Rosalba visits with relatives who still live on la isla and sees the beautiful terrain of the island? from the lush, tropical rain forest to the bustling old city. Along the way Rosalba and her grandmother visit a busy fruit market, then cool off with a swim in the turquoise sea filled with colorful fish. Their magical trip is brought to life by Elisa Kleven's shimmering collage artwork."Dorros's language is rich and magical? readers fly to la isla, too. Kleven's art is whimsical and quiltlike, crowded with sweet things and surprises."? School Library Journal


Anne Shelby - 1995
    All of it happens in one house that from year to year has grown and changed and gathered in one family. Love, caring and support has been passed down from one generation to the next. Beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations enhance this delightful book of family.

Bad Day at Riverbend

Chris Van Allsburg - 1995
    Occasionally the stagecoach rolled through, but it never stopped, because no one ever came to Riverbend and no one ever left. The day the stagecoach stood motionless in the center of town, Sheriff Ned Hardy knew something was terribly wrong. What was the mysterious substance on both coach and horses? It would not come off. Soon it was everywhere in the tidy little village. Something had to be done, and Sheriff Hardy aimed to do it.

Eric Carle's Treasury of Classic Stories for Children

Eric Carle - 1995
    Treasury of classic stories for children, by Aesop and others; selected, retold and illustrated by Eric Carle.

Letting Swift River Go

Jane Yolen - 1995
    Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

The Adventures of Lowly Worm

Richard Scarry - 1995
    Then Lowly has a bike accident, and he thinks his fun is over. Get-well cards and a visit from his friends convince Lowly he'll be up and around in no time. Color illustrations.

The Frog Princess?

Pamela Mann - 1995
    A lonely, ugly frog is approached, and misunderstood, by many animals until one day a handsome prince understands why she croaks Reddit! Reddit!

Down the Road

Alice Schertle - 1995
    So they decide that Hetty is old enough to go by herself. Although she practices walking smoothly up the hill so she won’t break the precious eggs, she can’t help running all the way down. Young readers will hold their breath as Hetty tries her very best to get those eggs home safely. “The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis’s dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart.”--Booklist

The Streets are Free

Kurusa - 1995
    There are no parks where they live, and the children must play in the streets. They ask the mayor for an empty lot to build a playground, but all they get are campaign promises. They know that they are the only ones who will make something happen, so they get their friends and family involved until the whole barrio unites to create a space of their own.

Inside a Barn in the Country: A Rebus Read-Along Story

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 1995
    This rebus read-along story is sure to delight and educate children at the same time. Full-color illustrations.

Where is My Frog?

Mercer Mayer - 1995
    On a fishing trip with Dad, Little Critter's frog hops out of the car. Is he in the log? No. Is he up a tree? No. Why, he's under the lily pad, of course!

Counting on Calico

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes - 1995
    Why does a cat rub its face against you? Which cat has no tail at all? How old can a cat live to be? From twitching tails to washcloth tongues, these cats are full of surprises.

Who's in a Family?

Robert Skutch - 1995
    There's even equal time given to some of children's favorite animal families. With warm and inviting jewel-tone illustrations, this is a great book for that long talk with a little person on your lap.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Jolly Roger and the Pirates of Captain Abdul

Colin McNaughton - 1995
    A rambunctious romp aboard a real pirate ship starring Roger, a swashbuckling nine-year-old miserable misfit with a supporting cast of the dirtiest, smelliest, hairiest, scariest pirates the world has ever seen!

A Special Kind of Love

Stephen Michael King - 1995
    Instead, he makes wonderful things for his son from boxes--an airplane, a big castle, a go-cart built for two. In the tradition of Mama, Do You Love Me?, this heartwarming story offers a testimonial to the strength of parental love--and an affirmation that communication comes in many forms. Full color.

Once there was a bull...frog

Rick Walton - 1995
    With the flip of a page, a toad becomes a toadstool, a dog becomes a doghouse, a cow becomes a cowboy and a stage becomes a stagecoach in this rollicking story that?s a true page-turner?in every sense of the word! ?Noteworthy for its clever design, this amusing tale?illustrates how art and placement of text can affect a reader?s perception of a story.? --Booklist ?Compound words are split for comic surprises?A high-energy read-aloud.? --Publishers Weekly


Marianna Mayer - 1995
    The many suitors who fail her challenge forfeit their heads, but when Calaf arrives, he falls in love with Turandot, answers the riddles, and wins her heart....Varied and dramatic in composition, the polished illustrations in cool hues have an underlying sense of elegance and musicality." Booklist. Author's note.

Disney's The Lion King No Worries (A Little Golden Book)

Justine Korman Fontes - 1995
    They have written their names inside each front cover and pored over the colorful pictures. Parents have shared Golden moments with their children, thanks to the happy hours spent with the books.

June 29, 1999

David Wiesner - 1995
    The lively imagination of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner forecasts astounding goings-on for a Tuesday in the not too distant future -- an occurrence of gigantic vegetal proportions.

Circle of Seasons

Lucia Monfried - 1995
    Illustrations and simple text celebrate the joys of each season.

Per and the Dala Horse

Rebecca Hickox Ayres - 1995
    The middle son comes by a fine riding horse, and Per, the youngest, receives a handsomely carved and painted Dala horse. Though his brothers laugh, Per guesses that his horse will prove useful. And when the trolls of the underworld work their mischief, neither the workhorse nor the riding horse can compare with Per's magnificent Dala horse.

How Smudge Came

Nan Gregory - 1995
    One patient is so blind with illness that he can barely see the dog; it looks like a smudge.But, oh, how nice to hold the puppy. What is Cindy to do? How will she care for Smudge?How Smudge Came was made into an award winning television movie and became an international best seller.Awards and Nominations: Winner of the 1996 Mr. Christie Book Award Winner of the 1996 Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Citation

Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell

Jeanette Winter - 1995
    There, in 1880, in the land of buffalo, Indians, and open prairie, Charlie found his home. And there he became a painter-but not just any painter. Today Charles M. Russell is considered one of the greatest artists of the American West and one who opened its door to so many.

Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies

Harriet Peck Taylor - 1995
    Playing their own trick, they carry Coyote home without his salt. Coyote is completely confused—until the third time when Coyote wakes up at home with his salt and discovers the butterflies have been having a bit of fun.

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Jeannine Atkins - 1995
    Based on true events in India in the 1970s, young Aani and the other women in her village defend their forest from developers by wrapping their arms around the trees, making it impossible to cut them down.

Gluskabe and the Four Wishes

Joseph Bruchac - 1995
    Each man has a different wish--and each man is given a pouch with instructions not to open it until he reaches home. Do they obey Gluskabe? This retelling is representative of traditional Native American teaching stories--entertaining, with a message. Full color.

Bit by Bit

Steve Sanfield - 1995
    Watch Zundel work his magic and turn his coat into a jacket, his jacket into a vest, his vest into a pocket, as it keeps Zundel company through his long and happy life. With its spirited, folksy illustrations, Bit By Bit is a heart-warming tale about the tradition of storytelling.

Bruno the Carpenter

Lars Klinting - 1995
    There are up-close illustrations of each tool Bruno uses, as well as an accurate set of toolbox plans at the satisfying end of this book. Full color.

Not in the House, Newton!

Judith Heide Gilliland - 1995
    Sure enough, everything he draws with it becomes real. As Newton's creations become more impressive, they cause more ruckus-until, heeding his mother's admonition, he flies the airplane he draws right out the window! The suspense of Newton's creative adventure will keep young readers glued to these pages, where the unexpected angles and daring perspectives of the luminous pastel illustrations underscore the sly humor of the text.

Here Come the Aliens!

Colin McNaughton - 1995
    Man your battle stations! A fleet of spaceships is heading this way! Each member of this extraterrestrial crew is stranger than the next--and it seems nothing will stop them! Unless...unless...there's something stranger, something so bizarre, so peculiar that even these awful aliens are frightened away! Can you guess what it could be? Colin McNaughton's aliens may be a scary bunch, but we've got a hunch that earthlings everywhere will flip for them!

The Tie Man's Miracle: A Chanukah Tale

Steven Schnur - 1995
    Then old Mr. Hoffman comes to his house, selling his colorful ties, and tells a story about a Chanukah miracle that makes this a night Seth will never forget. Full color.

The Mitten Tree

Candace Christiansen - 1995
    This is an intergenerational tale of good that will warm your heart.


Stephen Cosgrove - 1995
    A sassy little elephant, who irritates others by imitating everything they say, hears in an echo how unkind she sounds.

Yettele's Feathers

Joan Rothenberg - 1995
    With her husband gone, she goes out--and the trouble begins. Yettele just can't help putting her nose in everyone's business. Soon her stories about the local townsfolk are flying around. A kind Rabbi shows her the error of her ways. An Eastern European folktale is suffused with old-world charm. Full color.

Grace & Family

Mary Hoffman - 1995
    When Papa invites her to visit him in the Gambia she dreams of finding the kind of family that is idealised in stories. But she finds that families are what you make them.

The Runaway Train

Benedict Blathwayt - 1995
    When the little red train sets off down the track sleepy-head Duffy Driver's got a hectic day ahead of him - trying to catch up with it! He hitches a lift on a lorry, grabs the chance to ride a tractor and makes a heroic jump from a speeding helicopter.

The Birthday ABC

Eric Metaxas - 1995
    Tim Raglin adds to the merriment by outfitting each beast in a grand period costume. Full color.

Hockey Night Tonight: The Hockey Song

Stompin' Tom Connors - 1995
    An engaging story book version of the Stompin Tom Connors Hockey Song that will stir every hockey lover’s heart.

Badger's Bring Something Party

Hiawyn Oram - 1995
    Everyone brings something to Badger's party--everyone, that is, except Mole. He feels about one inch high until he finds out that he has brought the most special thing he has--himself! Full-color illustrations.

Night Owl and The Rooster (Legends Of The World)

Charles Reasoner - 1995
    Haitian folktale in which Coucou the owl hides his face from the light of day because he believes himself to be ugly, and Rouge the rooster tries to trick him into leaving his true love Drina the swallow.

Look Again!: The Second Ultimate Spot-the-Difference Book

A.J. Wood - 1995
    Each pair of illustrations appears identical, yet closer inspection reveals 12 essential differences. An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Newsday Kidsday Recommended Book List. Full-color illustrations.

Bear E. Bear

Susan Straight - 1995
    Bear in the mud, Gaila waits patiently beside the washing machine and dryer for her constant companion to be clean and just like new. The story is brought to life through childlike illustrations. Full color.

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

Matthew Van Fleet - 1995
    This charming introduction to colors, shapes, and animals has been delighting children all over the world for ten years! There is a surprise on every peek-a-boo page, where textured shapes magically turn into colorful creatures perfect for toddler's touching.

Counting Our Way to Maine

Maggie Smith - 1995
    Objects packed for the trip and things seen along the way are all happily counted, finishing in a shining finale as the family tallies 20 fireflies found during their last evening in Maine.

The White Stone in the Castle Wall

Sheldon Oberman - 1995
    Then word gets out that Henry Pellatt, the eccentric millionaire who brought light to the city and built Casa Loma, is offering one dollar for brown stones to place in the wall going up around the castle. After trudging through the city all day with his stone, John reaches the castle only to find that rain has washed it white. But Henry Pellatt accepts the stone for his wall, rewarding John for his hard work, making him again “the luckiest boy in town.”The trip through the streets of Toronto, from Yorkville to Casa Loma, makes for a book as enchanting to young and old as the fabulous castle that inspired it.

The Garden in Our Yard

Greg Henry Quinn - 1995
    This rhyming picture book captures the cycles of a vegetable garden through the seasons, and the joy it brings the family who tends it.

Luck with Potatoes

Helen Ketteman - 1995
    Hardscrabble Tennessee farmer Clemmon Hardigree's hard-luck changes when he plants seed potatoes in Cow Hollow before his fat mountain cows cause the pasture to collapse.

The Worst Goes South

James Stevenson - 1995
    Worst is back again in all his grumpy glory. Fall has come, and with it the town's Harvest Festival that is to take place in the empty lot next door to his house....He decides he cannot take the noise, so he heads for Florida. He comes across across a remote motel that appears to be rarely occupied, and the irritable owner rents him a room for the night. The following morning the innkeeper and the worst discover that they have a lot in common--in fact, they are brothers....A winner."--School Library Journal.

Danny's Duck

June Crebbin - 1995
    A wild duck is sitting on her eggs near the playground. But he won't tell a soul--not even his teacher. Instead, Danny draws pictures of the duck in various stages until one day he draws a picture of an empty nest. Where has the duck gone? And why is his teacher smiling? Full color.

It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel

Caralyn Buehner - 1995
    The correct answer to each manners question is hidden in the picture. With hilarious artwork and many hidden animals to challenge sharp-eyed readers, this is a fun -- and surprising -- way to learn manners.

The Storm

Marc Harshman - 1995
    Full-color illustrations.

Cheyenne Again

Eve Bunting - 1995
    "Young Bull's struggle to hold on to his heritage will touch children's sense of justice and lead to some interesting discussions and perhaps further research." —School Library Journal

Storm Boy

Paul Owen Lewis - 1995
    There his spiritual journey begins. Powerful illustrations make stunning use of northwest coast Native American motifs to create a compelling atmosphere of mystery and displacement. Over 50,000 copies in print! 1996 American Book Award winner 1995 Best Children's Book of the Pacific Northwest 1996 Washington State Governor's Award winner

Older Brother, Younger Brother

Nina Jaffe - 1995
    After being turned out by his greedy older brother, Hungbu and his family manage to prosper when his kindness to an injured sparrow is richly rewarded.

Mrs. Meyer, The Bird

Wolf Erlbruch - 1995
    Meyer, who worries excessively about everything, tries to help a young bird learn how to fly and discovers the thrill of flying herself.


Carol Carrick - 1995
    But caring for a little lamb named Valentine helps distract Heather from her sadness. Full-color illustrations.

Cats and Carols

Lesley Anne Ivory - 1995
    The carols include Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Good King Wenceslas.

Armadillo Ray

John Beifuss - 1995
    Ray wonders how it can have so many shapes and why it sometimes disappears. He decides to find out the answers to his questions by asking his desert animal friends, from the prairie dog to the desert grouse, each of whom has his own fanciful idea. But it isn't until Ray meets a wise old owl that he learns exactly what the moon is—and discovers that sometimes the truth is the most unbelievable explanation of all!This enchanting story is brought to life by stunning oil pastel illustrations. Also included is an afterword giving a brief explanation of the phases of the moon, as well as a note about the role that the moon has played in legends around the world.


Rascal - 1995
    Abandoned, hungry, and shunned by the other street dogs, Socrates wonders if he'll ever have a home of his very own. And even more importantly, he wonders if he'll ever have a friend. Then one day Socrates finds a curious object, and from that moment on, everyone looks at him quite differently. Heartwarming and uplifting, the simple text is magnificently complemented by bold, textured oil paintings in this story of the universal search for friendship and acceptance that also works to initiate discussions on topics such as loneliness and homelessness.