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These are the books that I have illustrated:


Emily and Carlo
by Marty Rhodes Figley
Charlesbridge Press, Cambridge, Massachusettes

"Emily Dickinson did have a love interest...a dog, a Newfoundland, a great, slobbering, shaggy mess of a creature, which undercuts any notions of primness modern readers may harbor of Miss Dickinson. As Figley draws forth their gathering affection, she reveals important aspects of Dickinson’s relationship to the world, her deep-running shyness that led to a reclusive life. But her time with Carlo, some 16 years, was full of beauty and meaning, as expertly coaxed from her poems and letters. The path to her brother’s house, “just wide enough for two who love”; “I started early, took my dog, / And visited the sea.” They were a couple, surely—they shared sweeps of time, they endured separations, they went calling—and when the end came for Carlo, Dickinson did not dodge the sting: “ ’Twas my one glory— / Let it be / Remembered / I was owned of thee.” And if a moodiness still pervades the proceedings, something blue, the tone is lifted by Stock’s watercolors, which are as drenched in color as a sun room painted by Childe Hassam. A pleasing little window into Dickinson’s life and an invitation to learn more about the fresh-breathed poet from Amherst." –– Kirkus


After the Kill
by Darrin Lunde
Charlesbridge Press, Cambridge, Massachusettes

Junior Library Guild Book Selection

"This accessible and compelling slice-of-life on the Serengeti Plain is aptly titled and remarkably dynamic as it describes what happens after a zebra is taken down by a lioness... The vibrant watercolor and gouache paintings are filled with vitality and movement, and the predominant yellows and browns reflect the setting... This is a fascinating introduction to an intriguing topic and a must-have for all libraries catering to young readers." ––School Library Journal

"AFTER THE KILL is a picture book that stopped me in my tracks.  Year after year, there are children's books set on the East Africa plain that look so posed, so static.  This is the antithesis of those books.  Page after page, this is a picture book that exudes vibrancy...This is a significant work that is sure to inspire young artists, animal lovers, and ecologists." ––Richie Partington, MLIS

"..the lioness rips the carcass open and feasts on the soft internal organs first." Whoa! This is one of those details that makes you sort of squeamish (if you're an adult) yet extremely fascinated at the same time. From pillar to post, After the Kill is a straight forward telling of what happens to a carcass on the plain. It's not unnecessarily graphic, but it doesn't pull punches either...It is what sets this book apart from the other texts that you will find on this subject. Kids are watching these nature scenes on cable television (Discovery Channel, National Geographic, etc.), but while getting a great visual, these students don't walk away with much more. Books like After the Kill provide the information they need in conjunction with the visuals." –– NC Teacher Stuff

"Stock’s illustrations have a bright, hot quality to them thanks to the yellow tones throughout.  The heat of Africa is built into every page.  She also embraces the kill, the scavenging, and the story, creating a book filled with action-filled images...An unflinching look at the battle for food on the Serengeti Plain, this book will be riveting for young readers. " ––Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells


The Daring Miss Quimby
by Suzanne George Whitaker
Holiday House

My Name is Sangoel
by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Junior Library Guild Book Selection

"This is the gentle story of one refugee boy from Sudan and his adjustment to life in his new country, the United States. . . . Through soft watercolors and the occasional torn photo or fabric collage, Stock's illustrations let the reader understand exactly how Sangoel is feeling and what a tremendous challenge it is to move to a new country and continent. . . . Most schools in America have refugee children or children who are adjusting to a new culture and language; this is a book. . . that should help build compassion in many classrooms." ––BookPage

"This simple story puts a child-friendly spin on a common immigrant experience. . . an excellent addition to the growing body of immigration stories for young readers." ––School Library Journal

"A sensitively written, hope-filled immigrant story. . . . Though a skinny eight-year-old with downcast eyes, Sangoel is such a picture of quiet dignity that readers will come away admiring his courage and self-possession." ––Kirkus Reviews


My Friend, Black Tears (above left)
Yeowan Media, Korea

The Day We Danced in Underpants
by Sarah Wilson
Tricycle Books, California

"An invite to picnic with the King and Queen of France brings a man, his son, two big dogs, and three wild aunts skipping and dancing along to the palace on a blisteringly hot day. Once there and about to be seated for a meal, poor Papa has a wardrobe malfunc-tion-his pants rip with a healthy "BRRRRRRPT!!," leaving him with his underwear exposed. The court dandies burst into laughter, but the day and Papa are saved when the King declares that everyone must strip down to undies to dance. Stock's airy, riotous watercolors are a perfect match for this silly rhyming tale. Her dancers leap and cavort across the color-filled pages, and the pantaloons, bloomers, and unmentionables allow the dancers a welcome coolness. This lesson in kindness and grace in ameliorating an embarrassing situation is one that grown-ups will appreciate, while the joie de vivre of the characters, rhyme, and art will have children-who are always game for an underwear adventure-dancing to the rhythm." ––School and Library Journal

"a colorful summertime beat-the-heat story, and what child can resist a story about skivvies?" –– Kirkus


Une Chose Incroyable, Exceptionnelle, Extraordinaire (above left)
par Veronique Cauchy
Circonflexe, Paris

Porc in New York (above center)
The further adventures of Spree in Paree's M.Monmouton and his farm family
by Catherine Stock
Holiday House, New York

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*"How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" becomes a real question for the French farmer who took his animals to Paris in A Spree in Paree (2003). Now that the animals have had a taste of travel, they decide to take a trip to New York--on their own. Monsieur Monmouton gets wind of the idea­­--he hears them saying, "Two 'ot dogs with mustard, pleeze"--and throws away the tickets. The animals leave anyway, but the farmer finds a list that hints at their sightseeing destinations: "Blooming Dells" and "Mooma," for example. That leads to a merry chase around the Big Apple as Monsieur and his dog try to find the barnyard tourists. The story is fun, and the expansive, exuberant artwork shows Stock at the top of her game. Each spread brings a new chuckle: the sheep hiding under huge chapeaus in "Blooming Dells" or the farmer sliding around a carousel as the animals ride. The scene at a Chinese restaurant is teeming with fun and food, but one hopes the livestock aren't indulging in Peking Duckling and Moo Shu Pork. A lovely picture of the New York skyline brings the art to a quieter place. Soon enough, the farmer and his brood get home. Where will they go next? –– Booklist starred review

*Sacre bleu!   With Monsieur Monmouton the farmer and his faithful dog Cabot again in hot pursuit, the barnyard crew that enjoyed A Spree in Paree (2004) hie off to the Big Apple.   Effectively concealing themselves from Monmouton, but not from readers, in Stock's splashy, crowded, jewel-toned watercolors, the animals shop at Blooming Dells, enjoy (and even become) art at MOOMA, take a trip around Manhattan on the Oval Line and settle down at last for an evening of jazz at the Kool Kat Klub.   There, they find Monmouton waiting for them, his head and attitude already turned by a pretty waitress.   And hardly has Cabot patiently herded all aboard the plane and back to France than a perfumed postcard arrives, announcing an imminent visit in return. Ooh la la! Non-New Yorkers may not recognize all the locales-- but the thrill of the chase and general bumptiousness of the menagerie will easily carry any young armchair tourists along for the ride.   –– Kirkus starred review

Vinnie and Abraham (above right)
by Dawn Fitzpatrick
Charlesbridge Press, Cambridge, Massachusettes
Winner of the Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended Award
NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Winner of the 2008 Storytelling World Award

For a sneak peek of Vinnie and Abraham, go to

* This picture-book biography presents Vinnie Ream as a young woman whotranscended the conventions of her time through determination and a remarkable talent for sculpture. Living in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War, Vinnie, 14, became one of the U.S. Postal Service's first female employees, but she spent her spare time modeling in clay. She apprenticed herself to a renowned sculptor and progressed so well that at 18, she had daily sessions with President Lincoln while she worked to create his likeness. After Lincoln's assassination, Congress commissioned her to sculpt a marble statue of the late president, which is still on display in the Capital rotunda. Fitzgerald's clearly written narrative portrays Vinnie as ahardworking, resolute person who succeeded through her own gifts and the help of others who believed in her. Stock's watercolor paintings light up the pages. The joy of the Washington street scene marking the war's end is all the more vibrant in contrast with quiet pictures of Vinnie sculpting the president. Back matter includes an author's note about Vinnie's later life as well as a list of books and online resources. A spirited introduction to a little-known artist. –– Booklist starred review

Vinnie Ream was very small (under five-feet-tall), but she was also strong, smart and a talented sculptor. Her standing statue of President Abraham Lincoln in the capitol rotunda was completed when she was still a teenager. FitzGerald romanticized and sentimentalizes her story, but Vinnie did indeed work at the post office during the Civil War, and sang for wounded soldiers in hospital. Vinnie spent five months sculpting Lincoln's head in clay in preparation, and she was the youngest artist and the first woman to receive a commission from the government. She went on to sculpt many other notable Americans, including Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and Sequoyah. Stock's watercolor illustrations capture Vinnie's beautiful energy, as well as life in Washington DC during and after the war. The author's note explains that while several of the quotes are fiction, the story is based on the sculptor's writings and other biographies of her. A resource list will allow readers to explore further in print and online.
–– Kirkus


The Bora-Bora Dress by Carole Alexis Schaeffer
Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

*Accustomed to only wearing pants, not any sort of skirt, lanky Lindsay only consents to donning a dress in order to attend her Aunt Fiona's party. Her mother hauls the reluctant girl off to the dress shop, an alien place of dots, plaids, pleats, ruffles , frills––and one spectacular sundress bearing the tag "Made in Bora-Bora for you." Wonderfully exotic, yet light and comfortable, the dress seems as magical as Aunt Fiona's party, where the guests stroll through the garden maze and Lindsay dances in the moonlight. The story and artwork are mesmerizing as Lindsay transforms from a girl whose idea of formal dress is ribbon-pocket jeans to one who magically, joyfully floats and twirls in the frock that was made just for her. Repeated words and sounds weave through the text, lending grace and style to the simple narrative. Featuring elongated figures, lively patterns, and pleasing colors, Stock's watercolor paintings create a bit of enchantment all their own. The well-composed scenes illustrate the story with distinction, particularly in the moonlit scenes of Lindsay dancing in her Bora-Bora dress. A good choice fore reading aloud, leaving plenty of time to pore over the detailed, luminous artwork. Booklist starred review

"Stock's imaginative watercolors create a persona for the unusual dress, covered with sparkly stars, leaves, fruit and a winking parrot." —Kirkus

"Whether you know a tomboy or a frilly princess, girls of varying temperaments will be equally enthralled by THE BORA-BORA DRESS." —Book Page

"The story and artwork are mesmerizing as Lindsay transforms from a girl whose idea of formal dress is ribbon-pocket jeans to one who magically, joyfully floats and twirls in the frock that was made just for her." —Booklist

"Stock's watercolors are lush and ethereal. . . ." —School Library Journal

"Simple yet evocative text . . . provide[s] an atmosphere of wonder." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Spree in Paree by Catherine Stock
Holiday House, New York; Circonflex, Paris
A Bank Street College of Education 2005 Selection

Check out Spree in Paree at

One of Time  Magazine's Ten Best Children's Books of the Year:
"After farmer Monmouton sighs that he could do with a vacation in Paris, all his animals squeeze into his truck and beep impatiently. They're ready for a break too. The entourage descends on Paris and quickly fans out— the goats to smell (and sometimes taste) the flowers in the Luxembourg Gardens, the cows to gaze at paintings of cows in the Louvre, the hens to cackle at the cancan dancers at the Folies Bergere. One of the joys of Stock's exuberant watercolors is the absolute sangfroid with which waiters, pedestrians and other Parisians greet this animal invasion, as if it were nothing out of the ordinary. Home again, Monmouton swears off vacations as too exhausting. But in the barn, the animals are are already looking at travel brochures for New York City. If this signals a sequel in the making, then allons!"

One of the Top Ten 2004 Recommendations from Book Sense, an organization of 1,100 independent bookstores in America.

"The drawings of the animals packed into the car, eager to get to Paris, and of the farmer examining the bill at the restaurant at the end of the day, are both worth the price of admission." To read Adam Gopnik's entire critique in the New York Times Book Review,  click here.

Awarded Special Recognition by the 2005 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People judges, The Poetry Center

"Anyone for a quick day trip to Paris? A muttered comment from hardworking Monsieur Monmouton that he needs a vacation is all the prompting his livestock needs to pile into the car. Gallic to the core, the farmer shrugs, "Eh Bien, let's go!" And they're off: to check out the fashions on the Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré; drift up and down the Seine in a bateau mouche; view the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower; then dance the cancan at the Follies Bergère. Stock depicts Parisian sights and streets, as well as their urbane residents, in freely brushed watercolors that expertly capture both the tale's tongue-in-cheek tone, and the animals' unflagging enthusiasm. The next morning, Monsieur Monmouton wearily rounds up his furred and feathered tour group, vowing never to take another holiday–– but the sheep, chickens, and the rest are already nose/muzzle/beak deep in New York City travel brochures. Will young armchair tourists line up for repeat visits? Mais oui." —Kirkus

"France is not just background but focus in these two picture books by superb authors and artists...Stock's story is pure farce, with wild, colorful cartoon pictures in ink and watercolor. The farm animals make Monsieur Monmouton take them on a day trip to Paris, and they all have a wonderful time. What's great is Stock's preserving the animals' body language, even when the critters become grotesque versions of other tourists, checking out the latest fashions, gawking at paintings of cows in the Louvre, screeching outrageously at the cancan dancers at the Follies Bergere. Adults who know Paris will probably get the most out of this, but kids will relish the slapstick of creatures acting as boss and taking over the hangouts of the posh elite." — Booklist

" Engaging illustrations: The loose-lined watercolors teem with skillfully selected and detailed scenes of both Paris and the surrounding countryside. Her spreads seem to crackle with activity whether her characters are standing in the pasture or sailing down the Seine on the bateau mouche." — Publishers Weekly

How are you gonna' keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" The answer to that question is you're not, at least in the case of Monsieur Monmouton's live stock. Monsieur Monmouton is a farmer, and the proud owner of almost a dozen silly sheep, five inquiring geese, three avaricious goats, four almost contented cows, numerous pigeons, two plus size pigs, nine clucking chickens, a proud rooster, and one very put upon dog. During the summer people would often flee Paris to picnic or camp in the farmer's pleasant fields. During the evenings some of his visitors would tell him about life in Paris, and when they left they invited him to visit them. Much as Monsieur Monmouton wanted to visit that beautiful city and as much as he thought he needed a vacation, he had no one to look after his animals. The solution? He piled all of them into his old truck and took them with him. What an adventure that was! The sheep couldn't wait to go to the Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore to see the latest fashions, while the geese trotted off to the Seine for a boat ride. The Luxembourg Gardens were in peril when the goats arrived, and the cows strolled the Louvre. Author/illustrator Stock pairs her story with glowing watercolor illustrations that fill the pages of this unlikely, uproarious adventure." –Gail Cooke from Fort Worth, TX

Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' name, amen by James Howe (above left)
Atheneum, New York

*"When I was new, Grandpa was very old," begins this quiet, unusual story about a child's grief. It's clear that Emily, who is Jewish, and Grandpa, who is Christian, are close: she finds his glasses when he misplaces them; he reads her stories. Then Grandpa dies, and Emily is very sad. Her parents prepare her for Grandpa's funeral at the church; later, at home, there's a shivah, where grown-ups recite the Kaddish, the Jewish mourner's prayer. But it's Emily's discovery of Grandpa's glasses beneath the cushions of his favorite chair, not the solemn rituals adults better understand, that serves as her way to keep Grandpa near. Howe is forthright about the vulnerability of grieving adults, an idea that may be new to children, and without being saccharine, he is true to the confusion of a sweet child, who, though supported by loving grown-ups, must find her own solace. Stock uses a few simple lines to give shape to her watercolor paintings. Her muted colors reflect the underlying sadness of the story, but by showing Emily in a colorful dress, red shoes, and twirling ribbons, she provides children with a clear reminder that life goes on. There aren't many books about interfaith families; this is an exceptional one." — Booklist starred review

Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lessons by Claudia Mills (above right)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York

Gus knows that practice makes perfect, but the truth is, the half hour he has to practice piano is the longest half hour of his day. In the tenth story in Mills's Gus and Grandpa series of chapter books, beginning readers follow Gus's path from reluctant piano student to nervous recital performer to family band member. In the happy grand finale, the whole family (including Grandpa on the violin) plays a song called "The Horse Race" together, and Gus finally understands what it means to have "music in his fingers." Stock's lovely, expressive, watercolored pencil sketches perfectly complement this story about the joy of playing music, the reward of hard work. Plentiful illustrations, a large font, big margins, short sentences, and simple vocabulary ensure a reader-friendly experience, especially relevant to children who are familiar with the agony and the ecstasy of music lessons. —Booklist


Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing  by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Chicago Public Library: 2004 Best of the Best List

"While nothing wildly exciting happens in this installment in the series, the author invests the members of the this family with real personalities: Mom is not very patient and Dad is a bit goofy, while Grandpa and Gus have good humor and brains. The short chapters move the story of a summer outing along with a refreshingly complex vocabulary that challenges but never overwhelms new readers. Stock's colorful and energetic watercolor expertly complement the text." —School and Library Journal

"Mills has the family dynamic down pat: Daddy's infatuation with gadgetry, Mommy's whirlwind management of the day's activities, and the stubborn hopefulness of the two real fishermen of the crew. Stock's line-and-watercolor scenes, in woodsy greens and river blues, capture the warmth of a close-knit family without betraying a hint of schmaltz. Young fisherkids are an undeserved readership, and they'll be glad to find an author who shares their appreciation of the graceful arc of a perfect cast, the silken movement of a trusty reel, and, although artificial lures seem to be in play here, the bittersweet demise of a sacrificial worm." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2003 Children's Literature Choice

"Gus and his grandfather celebrate Halloween together in this eighth entry in the series...Gus has a problem to solve: his parents don't approve of store-bought Halloween costumes, and they think their son can come up with his own...Mills quietly shows Gus solving his own problem, both in figuring out a suitable costume and in handling how he presents his heirloom costume to his friends." —Kirkus

"Stock's amiable watercolors bursting with the golds and oranges of an autumn day, reflect the sunny warmth of loving connections passed across generations." —Booklist

"Books that can be shared and enjoyed by family members of different generations are always an asset to a family's library. Now the award-winning Gus and Grandpa series of books from FSG offer an outstanding reading experience for young and old alike. Each 48 page book is based on traditional family values and demonstrates intergenerational respect, love and the importance of grandparents in a child's life." — Jeanne Nicholson

Is this a Sack of Potatoes?
by Crescent Dragonwagon
Marshall-Cavendish, Tarrytown, New York

"In this affectionate lift-the-flap book, Charlie doesn't want to go to bed: he would much rather play hide-beneath-the-bed-clothes as his mother pats the lump in the covers asking, "Is this a sack of potatoes? A ton of tomatoes? A peck of pears? A cave of bears?" A delighted, exuberant, "No!" is always Charlie's reply--until he literally pops from the page yelling, "It's me!" The rhyming text incorporates whimsical metaphors and fun wordplay ("wriggle, wriggle, swiggle, squiggle"), and lovely, expressive watercolors warmly portray the action. " —Booklist


Gus and Grandpa at Basketball by Claudia Mills
Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York
2002 Oppenheim Toy
Portfolio Award, ALA Notable Book, 2002 Children's Literature Choice

With her usual adeptness, Mills follows Gus through another modern childhood rite of passage (see Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bicycle)- this time, team sports. Gus loves basketball practice, but actual games are a different story- everyone seems to be shouting incomprehensible instructions at him, especially Gus's well-meaning but hard-pushing father (an all-too-familiar figure these days). Leave it to Grandpa to show Gus a way to tune out the noise and focus on the game. As in all the Gus and Grandpa books, Mills portrays their supportive, loving relationship without being the least sentimental. Early independent readers will easily relate to Gus's situation, especially since Mills does such a superb job of illuminating his emotions and thoughts: "Gus was nervous before his first game. He couldn't eat his lunch, even though it was pizza, his favorite food. What if he missed every basket? What if he threw the ball into the wrong hoop and everybody laughed?" Catherine Stock's expressive illustrations accentuate Gus's initial panic on the basketball court, his dejection when he's benched, and his joy when, thanks to Grandpa's help, he makes a basket to win the game. —Horn Book


Gugu’s House by Catherine Stock
Clarion, New York
2002 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Book; New York Public Library 2001"100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" selection, 2002 African Studies Association's Children's Africana Honor Book, 2002 Children's Literature Choice, 2002 Notable Book for a Global Society, Nebraska Library Commission Recommended Book; University of Wisconsin-Madison "40 Books about the Arts" selection

*"The author of Where are you Going, Manyoni? draws once again on travels and acquaintances in Zimbabwe for this joyful portrait of a wise, loving grandmother. Kukamba (a Venda name meaning "Little Tortoise") loves staying with her Gugu, in a thatched-roof house made vibrant not only by walls covered in abstract painted patterns but also by a splendid array of clay sculptures, including a rideable zebra in the courtyard. Clay and paint aren't Gugu's only media either, for when the village people return from the hot, dry fields, she lifts their spirits with a lighthearted story. The rains finally come, but Kukamba's relief turns to dismay when she sees the wonderful colors of Gugu creations washed away. "Come, my little one," says Gugu, "and I will show you where all the colors have gone." They are in meadows of fresh wildflowers and blooming baobabs busy with birds. Stock's watercolor capture not only the bright hues of landscape and traditional dress, but also a clear sense of Gugu's deep serenity and the shared purpose that sends her and Kukamba striding back from their walk to restore the house to its former glory. The author closes with a glossary, and an introduction to the real woman on whom Gugu is based. The warm emotions and the setting will remind children of Maya Angelou's My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me. —Booklist  starred review

"Stocks tale of the warm and wise relationship a grandmother has with her granddaughter also pays loving tribute to the creative artistic traditions of Zimbabwe, and particularly to Mrs. Khoza, the woman upon whom the character of Gugu is based. Gugu and Mrs. Khosa are strong models of wisdom and artistic vision. Stock's book is a gorgeous rendering of another culture; the book makes a fine story and resource for the art room."—Yellow Brick Road

"Stock illustrated her story with such vibrant and detailed watercolors that they could tell the story by themselves. The simple story packs in a lot: the seasons along with the unpredictability of drought and rain; the division of labor between men and women; the ways in which a community supports itself morally and economically; and the vibrancy of art and oral literature."
—African Studies Center, Boston University



Gus and Grandpa and Show and Tell by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York
2001 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Parent's Guide Children's Media Outstanding Achievement Award; Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

"Gus and Grandpa are a great intergenerational team; they're lucky to have each other- and readers are lucky to have them." —Kirkus Reviews

"An ideal book for beginning readers." —The Reading Teacher

"This integenerational team comes up with a perfect idea in Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell when Grandpa comes to school to show his long-ago stories to Gus's grateful classmates. The entire series offers a valuable reading adventure for all ages as Gus and Grandpa explore life-giving family experiences of sharing and solving problems in creative. loving and memorable ways." —Jeanne Nicholson

Doll Baby by Eve Bunting
Clarion, New York; Taosheng Publishers, Taiwan

"One day I watched my nine-year-old granddaughter cradling her doll. She looked up at me, eyes shining. "Grandma," she said, I can't wait to have a real baby.' I smiled, but I was definitely chilled. My son, a high school teacher, had told met just a few days before of a fourteen-year-old and a fifteen-year-old who were both pregnant. "No hurry, sweetie,' I told my granddaughter: 'Caring for a baby is a lot harder than caring for a doll.'" —Eve Bunting, on the genesis of  Doll Baby

"Explaining in tenderly written prose a subject that is all too commonplace, Eve Bunting tells the story of a young high-school girl's pregnancy. Beginning the book with Ellie as a young girl playing with dolls, the text quickly switches to Ellie as a teen-ager, telling her parents she is pregnant, confronting the baby's father, and visiting the doctor. When Ellie decides to keep Baby Angelica, she receives support from her parents. They help with the care of the baby, so that Ellie can continue school. But life is difficult all around-- her friends don't want to be around a baby all the time, her parents tire from the extra responsibilities, and the baby's father won't even look at his child when he passes them on the street. In the final moments of the book, Ellie wonders whether she should have kept Angelica. She wishes sometimes that she could run away from it all, and she realizes that having a real baby is nothing like having a doll.
Told without chapter interruptions, the story poignantly points out Ellie's sexual mistake without ever expressing it. Ellie shares the story completely from her own perspective, written in a comfortable, conversational style. But even without lurid details, the book strongly states its sad message about unwed teen mothers. Illustrated with Catherine Stock's perceptive, full-page watercolors, Doll Baby offers a powerful, thought-provoking scenario." —Winston-Salem Journal

"It is one of the best books on teenage pregnancy I have ever seen. The public libraries should really all have copies."
—Debbie Landman (Head Librarian), National English Literary Museum, South Africa


Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bicycle by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
New York; Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

"Anyone who's ever wobbled on the bike path of life will appreciate this latest entry... One of the nicest intergenerational friendships since Helen Griffith's Granddaddy and Janetta." —The Horn Book

"Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike explores a meaningful right of passage in every young boy's life, as Gus discovers there is nothing in the world as wonderful as riding a bike without training wheels. He overcomes his fear and discouragement and masters riding his two-wheeled bike thanks to Grandpa's persevering help and gentle wisdom." —Jean Nicholson

Island Summer by Catherine Stock
Lothrop (HarperCollins), New York

"Stock has created a dreamy little book with her trademark lovely watercolors to tell the story of a Greek island that is transformed each summer by the visitors who arrive to enjoy its charms. The islanders carefully prepare their village beforehand so that all will be ready for the summer people: 'the ladies with their hats and cats and sun umbrellas, the men with their folding chairs and playing cards and newspapers... and the children with their buckets and beach balls and snorkels and flippers and all their noisy noisy noise.' Stock's poetic language and her vibrant watercolors allow reader to bask in scenes of a carefree summer that will bring relaxation, rejuvenation, and renewal." —Kirkus

The Sanyasin’s First Day by Ned Shank
Marshall-Cavendish, Tarrytown, New York

" ... As in a six-degrees-of-separation story, the lives of these individuals intersect and touch other lives, until a child fills the holy man's bowl, answering the man's prayers at the end of his first day. Both the lively text and Stock's bright watercolor street scenes are packed with clear details-- people, animals, auto rickshaws, bicycles, oxcarts, even someone on an elephant-- expressing the vitality of the crowd and also the fragile interpersonal connections that answer the sanyasin's prayer." —Booklist

"The pictures and stories convey the daily life of a few characters in India and culminate with the interconnectedness of people in a culture. Very cleverly done, the book also depicts the interdependence necessary in any society."-- Children's Book Review Service

"Follows four workers...on their first day of work in a city in India....Realistic watercolor paintings...bring to life the busy streets of an Indian city....This good read-aloud book has merit as an appealing evocation of life in India."-—Library Talk

"Vivid atmosphere."— Publishers Weekly



Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York
Children’s Literature Top Choice for 1999; Parent's Guide Children's Media Outstanding Achievement Award

"The stories and art... carry understated messages of love and sharing between a boy and his kindly grandfather." —Kirkus Reviews

Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital
by Claudia Mills (above right)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York; Junior Library Guild Selection; A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

"The warm, caring relationship between Gus and his grandfather continues in this fourth book... A realistic yet reassuring and loving look at a relative's illness."—School Library Journal

Painted Dreams by Karen Lynn Williams
Lothrop (HarperCollins), New York
Original Art Show selection; Children’s Literature Top Choice for 1999; A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection

*"As they did in Galimoto, this author and illustrator gently and deftly portray a child with few material goods but with plenty of hope, dreams, and ingenuity." —School Library Journal  starred review

""Watercolors... beautifully composed and full of life..." —Booklist

Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee
by Alice Faye Duncan
Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), New York
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"On story day at school, Bradley wins a blue ribbon for a talk about how he played matchmaker to two former neighbors: the neat Miss Viola and the messy Uncle Ed Lee. He brings them together by convincing Uncle Ed to spruce up his place. It;s still not up to Miss Viola's standards but the two seniors become friends anyway. The homespun watercolors are as bright and breezy as the summer day they illustrate." —The Cincinnati Enquirer

"...the warm three-cornered friendship takes place in a backyard setting that is filled with light and color." —Booklist



Kele’s Secret by Tololwa Mollel
Lodestar (Putnam), New York; Stoddard, Toronto
A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection

"Eggs mark the spot-- the secret spot where Kele the chicken has been laying, that is. Mollel and Stock set up a lighthearted game of detective in this account of a boy's adventure on his grandmother's coffee farm in Tanzania. Stock's on-site research show in her fluid, detailed watercolors of contemporary eastern Africa. Stone and tin sheds, women and children in colorful cotton clothing tending the fields, lush coffee bushes and other indigenous trees provide a clear sense of place." —Publisher's Weekly

"Children will identify with the boy's desire to solve the mystery, his fears of the unknown, and the ultimate triumph of his success. Stock's distinguished watercolors successfully capture the action of the story, the lush setting, and Yoanes changing expressions. A warm family story with universal appeal." —School Library Journal

Gus and Grandpa, Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies

Gus and Grandpa by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York; Children’s Choice for 1998

"The simple, lovely words in short lines will help beginning readers, and Stock's line-and-wash illustrations are filled with light and love and commotion." —Booklist

Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York

"A warm story that's true to the holiday spirit... The sentences in this beginning reader may be simple, but they say a great deal."
School Library Journal

"In this gently humorous chapter book. a boy and his cookie baking grandfather are inundated with holiday goodies from neighbors-- and discover a way to share with homeless kids. The expressive watercolors are a lovely accompaniment to the simple, lyrical text."
—The Washington Post


Mama Moon by Jeanine Ouellette-Howitz (above left)
Orchard, New York

"This is the enchanting story of Sophie, who climbs into her mother's lap one sleepless night, eager for answers about the new baby inhabiting Mama's "room." "It's a womb, not a room," her mother says, while Sophie drifts in and out of dreams. Reassuring words about her place in the family help her drift into peaceful slumber. Stock creates vibrant nighttime scenes, uniquely rendered in chalky pastels on a gray nubby background. Her blushing, rounded forms— Mama, in the last stages of pregnancy, looks like a ripe red plum— suit this loving lullaby perfectly, a story that will soothe and comfort children in Sophie's situation." —Kirkus

Nellie Bly’s Monkey by Joan Blos (above center)
Morrow (HarperCollins), New York

"This attractive picture book certainly has its moments. There's charming humor in Stock's black-and-white sketches and in her attractive watercolor illustrations, and children will be totally delighted by the idea of traveling with a monkey, as Nellie Bly apparently did on the last leg of the 72-day around-the-world trip she completed in 1890. That Mc Ginty, the monkey, is the book's narrator adds to the fun." —Booklist

"Charm radiates from Stock's illustrations, every stroke suggestive of her subjects' personalities. Detailed, full-page watercolors evoke the diverse settings of the text, while line art conjures up telling vignettes." —Publisher's Weekly

Today is the Day by Nancy Riecken (above right)
Houghton-Mifflin, Boston

"Young Yesenia spends the day in her rural Mexican town anxiously awaiting her father, who has been working far away from home for the last six months. All day Yesenia runs to meet buses, but as each one arrives without her father, she begins to wonder if her sister is right. Finally, long after the sun has set, the man returns. In addition to the migrant-worker topic, the story's more general theme of having faith in parents is a universal one with which children will readily sympathize. Stock's watercolors are exuberant and poignant, helping readers to understand Yesenia's hopes and fears. A fine selection that should inspire discussion." — School Library Journal



A Very Important Day
 by Maggie Herold
Morrow (HarperCollins), New York; Junior Literary Guild; Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies in 1996; New York Public Library 50th Anniversary Celebratory exhibition

"Herold's first work captures the excitement of immigrants who are becoming US citizens. All across New York City, people are preparing for "a very important day." The Huertas from Mexico, the Patels from India, the Leonovs from Russia are all hurrying downtown, not the least bit daunted by a snowstorm. The Haos family from Vietnam skids downtown on a bus and the Jimenez family from the Dominican Republic comes by ferry to reach the courthouse. Not emphasized, but underlining this work, is the beacon of hope that the US has represented to those in other countries. As Romelia Castro says upon being sworn in, "The long journey from El Salvador has ended." A tale told with vigor, exuberantly displayed in Stock's people-filled watercolor landscapes and cozy interior scenes of all the preoath preparations, this is a thoughtful celebration of one of this country's most meaningful ceremonies." —Kirkus

Too Far Away to Touch by Leslea Newman
Clarion, New York

*"Stock's soft-focus watercolors provide a delicate foil for this exceptionally thoughtful story of a girl whose uncle has AIDS. Zoe treasures her visits with Uncle Leonard but on this particular outing--to the planetarium--he seems different. He tires easily, and his once abundant hair is now sparse, hidden beneath a beret. At a cafe, he tells her that he is sick, and answers questions honestly. ("Are you going to get better soon?" "I don't know, Zoe.") His surprise for her-glow-in-the-dark stars for her bedroom ceiling--reminds her of something he said at the museum, that the stars are "too far away to touch, but close enough to see." This comforting message is repeated on a later trip to the beach, where the two watch for shooting stars and discuss the possibility of his death. Newman's treatment of her subject is singularly sensitive, carefully tuned to a young audience. Despite the somber theme, the story ends on an uplifting note, and it's hard to imagine a more appropriate book for young readers that deals so gently and insightfully with such an important topic." —Publishers Weekly  starred review

"A special story of the enduring nature of love." —School Library Journal

"Catherine Stock's watercolors are sensitive to the tender mood, and they keep sentimentality at bay through a contrast of sunny scenes and nighttime mystery..." —New York Times

"Your children's book is a special endeavor and one that will help many children whose parents, family and friends are effected or affected by HIV." —Kenneth Lown, RN, Pediatric Nurse Clinician, Aid Center, Mount Sinai Hospital



By the Dawn’s Early Light
by Karen Ackerman (Spanish edition title: Al amanecer)
Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), New York; Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

"A gently ironic title summons thoughts of stars and stripes and men triumphant in battle, but the cast here comprises women and children of color, and the struggle is a daily one to put bread on the table and keep a family together. Young Rachel describes a typical evening in which her mother leaves to work the factory night shift just as Rachel, her little brother Josh, and her grandmother Nana are setting the table for dinner. Alternately then, she tells what she and Mom do while most of the rest of the world winds down and rests, and finally, what a joyful reunion her mother's return at dawn brings for the sleepy children. It's more sequence than story, but the characters are warmly realized and the watercolor paintings strong enough to rivet kids' attention. Both text and art individualize rather than generalize, so the picture of a family coping with a situation that's admittedly difficult is filled with vivid particulars from the first double spread of a fogbound city to the last sun-filled cuddle on the couch. Stock's figures, without being glamorized, are deeply beautiful in expression and comfortable in posture; there's something to be said for experienced drafting. Her colors, too, have a quiet grace that makes blended patterns seem second nature to each composition. Also available in a Spanish edition, this is a genuine introduction to real heroes." —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books


Tap-Tap by Karen Lynn Williams
Clarion, New York; Junior Literary Guild Selection
Hungry Mind Review 1995 Book of Distinction; A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection; 1995 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book

As Sasifi walked along to the market with her mother, a brightly painted truck passes them on the road. The passengers hit the side of the torch, tap-tap!, to let the driver know where to stop. Sasifi wants to ride to market in a tap-tap, but Mama says they don't have the money. "Perhaps you are not yet old enough to help me on market day," she tells Sasifi. Determined to be a good helper, Sasifi earns herself a wonderful surprise. This satisfying story of a memorable market day, accompanied by vivid watercolor paintings, is filled with the bustle of and color of Haitian village life.

"A story filled with the excitement of new responsibility and the thrill of a coveted experience." —The Horn Book

"The smoothly written text is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings, done in the tranquil and shimmering hues of the Caribbean, that capture the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures of the vibrant Haitian countryside and its distinctive populace. A satisfying journey." —ALA Booklist

"As they did in Galimoto, Williams and Stock here bring a cultural tradition to life for young readers. Children will enjoy the rollicking ride almost as much as Sasifi herself." —Publisher's Weekly


The Willow Umbrella by Christine Widman
Macmillan, New York


Where are you going Manyoni? by Catherine Stock
Morrow (HarperCollins), New York
Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts; Parenting Magazine’s Certificate of Excellence; Original Art Show Selection; A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection

You can see the whole book on the American Museum of Natural History  website.

"The pick of a good year: the author, a fine watercolor artist, follows a little Zimbabwean girl as she wakes up at dawn and walks miles through forests and grasslands to her school. Small children can have fun finding Manyoni's tiny figure in a grove of fig trees or waist-deep in riverside grass; older kids can learn to spot the civet cat, the yellow hornbill and the impalas, kudus and wildebeests she passes. The exceptional illustrations treat the vast African landscape with awe and love. Beautifully redrawn cave paintings, based on work by prehistoric artists who saw much the same landscape- a rhinoceros, a fish and what might be an antelope- serve as endpapers." —Time Magazine

*"From the simple title spread of lacy baobabs against the starry purple-lavender dawn sky, a lovely book that draws the reader right in with Manyoni, among the rocks and trees." —Kirkus  pointer review

"Stock's double spread watercolors are filled with the light and vitality of the veld and its astonishing variety of wildlife." --ALA Booklist

"A luscious geography lesson with a real-life, empathetic view of childhood in this faraway land." —The Horn Book

"Manyoni is a little girl who lives near the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe...and serves as our guide to her part of the world... Each (picture presents) a scene filled with life and possibilities for you-are-there imagining." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Snowed In by Barbara Lucas
Bradbury, New York

The Evening King by David LaRochelle
Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), New York

"...a good choice for story hours." —School Library Journal


Eddie’s Friend, Boodles by Carolyn Heywood (above left)
Morrow, New York; Troll pbk., New York

Oh, Emma
by Barbara Baker
Dutton, New York

Taking Turns, Poetry to Share compiled by Bernice Wolman (above right)
Atheneum, New York; Original Art Show selection


An Island Christmas by Lynn Joseph
Clarion, New York
1992 Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies; Original Art Show selection; A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection

"Delightful." —The New York Times Book Review

"Stock's fluent watercolors stream radiant island sunlight onto Joseph's lilting evocation of Christmas traditions in Trinidad and Tobago."—Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"No matter where you live, make this tropical celebration part of your holiday collection." —School Library Journal

"Stock portrays the joyful activities in freely painted watercolors that beautifully evoke the island setting and vibrant, warmhearted characters." The Companion


Secret Valentine, Easter Surprise, Birthday Present

Secret Valentine by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York; Junior Literary Guild Selection

Easter Surprise by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York

Birthday Present
by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York

When the Woods Hum by Joanne Ryder
Morrow, New York; Outstanding Science Trade Book for 1991

"Jenny's father explains the 17-year cicads life cycle and tell her about the last time they appeared (he was 12); together, they observe and admire the insects during their brief appearance. By extending the story another 17 years, Ryder links the cicadas' cycle to Jenny's: now she and Dad can share this special natural event with Jenny's son. Ryder's text is graceful as well as informative; Stock's gentle illustrations not only reinforce the warm family relationship but serve to identify the cicadas at different stages." — Kirkus

"Stock's delicate watercolors quietly capture the scenes in the woods and reflect both the positive parent-child relationships and the interesting insect close-ups, both above and bellow ground." — Booklist

Mara in the Morning by C.B. Christiansen
Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), New York; Pere Castor/ Flammarion, Paris;Junior Literary Guild Selection; Original Art Show selection


Armien’s Fishing Trip by Catherine Stock
Morrow (HarperCollins), New York; Human and Rousseau (Afrikaans edition), Cape Town, Songololo Books (English edition), Cape Town; Katrine Harries Prize

* "It's Stock's luminous watercolors that extend this simple picture book, transporting readers to a far-away land. Impressionistic seascapes, the playful harbor seals, and the ethnic and cultural diversity of an African coastal village give the book a somewhat exotic appeal; but Armien's feelings, reactions, and dreams will speak to children everywhere. A joyous journey." — School and Library Journal starred review

"Though set in South Africa, there is nothing overtly political in this simple story. Armien is visiting his aunt and uncle in the fishing village of Kalk Bay. When some boys tease him about where he lives (a dry, flat area), he surprises them with news that he's going out on his uncle's fishing boat the next morning. The boys are impressed, but Armien has told a lie; he knows his uncle considers him too young to be out on the choppy waters. Armien's only choice is to stow away, which he does. The sea makes Armien sick and is rough enough to wash a fisherman overboard. Armien sees it all and sounds the alarm, ending up a hero. Stock's quietly muted watercolor paintings fashion busy scenes both at dock side and at sea and effectively capture the ethnic diversity of the village. An author's note about Kalk Bay, which Stock has visited, precede the story. An excellent way to introduce a country that gets so much negative publicity in the news." —Booklist

"It's an eye-opener-- a peek at a South Africa we don't hear much about." —The San Francisco Chronicle


Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (HarperCollins), New York; Mulberry pbk.; Trumpet Book Club; Reading Rainbow Featured Selection; New York Times Outstanding Book; Parents’ Choice; Living the Dream Award; Trade Books for Language Arts Award; International Youth Library Annual Selection; CBC Cultural Diversity 1990 Selection; 1991 Notable Book in the Language Arts; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon 1990; Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; Original Art Show selection; Carolyn W. Field Honor Book; Pennsylvania Library Association Honor Book

"...a joy to read aloud. The art, as in all excellent storybooks, broadens the scope of the tale." —The New York Times Book Review

Halloween Monster, Thanksgiving Treat and Christmas Time

Halloween Monster by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York; Aladdin pbk; American Bookseller Pick of the List

Thanksgiving Treat by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York; Aladdin pbk; American Bookseller Pick of the List

Christmas Time by Catherine Stock
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York; Aladdin pbk; American Bookseller Pick of the List


Mr. Meredith, The Copycat

Mr. Meredith by Grace Chetwin
Bradbury (Simon and Schuster), New York; Original Art Show selection

The Copycat by Donald and Kathleen Hersom
Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), New York; Macdonald, London

"Repetition, rhyme and colorful illustrations combine to make this tale a winner at storytimes." —School Library Journal

Bella Arabella by Lila Fosburgh
Macmillan (Simon and Schuster)


Sophie’s Knapsack by Catherine Stock
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York; Original Art Show selection

"Stock's loving pictures and text are full of the snug touches that make camping appealing in theory, and even better as experience." —Publisher's Weekly


Something is Going to Happen
by Charlotte Zolotow
Harper & Row, New York; Collins, London

Better with Two
by Barbara Joose
Harper and Row; New York

Sea Swan, A Tiger Called Thomas

Sea Swan by Kathy Lasky
Macmillan, New York; a SLJ Best Book of the Year; Donnell Library's 1988 One Hundred Children's Books for Reading and Sharing
*"On her 75th birthday, Elzibah decides that it is time to learn something new, and she begins swimming lessons....Her courage and determination are delightful and inspiring, especially for the many readers also faced with learning new and difficult skills....The book is illustrated with wonderful, warm, mostly full-page pencil plus watercolor paintings....Much to offer and interest primary grade children."—School Library Journal starred review

"Utterly convincing. Lasky's warm story challenges some of the stereotypes surrounding the elderly." — Booklist

Miss Know It All and the Three Ring Circus by Carol Beach York
Bantam, New York

A Tiger Called Thomas
by Charlotte Zolotov
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York

Alexander’s Midnight Snack, A Little Elephant’s ABC by Catherine Stock
Clarion, New York; Children’s Choice Award; Original Art Show selection

"There is always room on the book shelf for another alphabet book, especially one this appealing." —Horn Book

Willie Stories by Molly D’Arcy Thompson
Human and Rousseau, Cape Town

Miss Know It All and the Haunted House by Carol Beach York
Bantam, New York

Trot, Trot to Boston, Play Rhymes for Baby by Carol Ra
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York

Midnight Snowman by Caroline Fellers Bauer
Atheneum, New York; Original Art Show selection; Children's Choice

"In a town where it usually just rains, a magical joy fills the air one evening during a rare snowfall. The whole neighborhood joins in building a unique snow creation. Softly glowing watercolors match the mood of this lovely story." —The Reading Teacher

Melanie Magpie by Claudia Mills
Bantam, New York


That New Pet by Alane Ferguson
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York

Timothy Tall Feather by Charlotte Pomerantz
Greenwillow, New York

Street Talk, Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World

Street Talk by Ann Turner
Houghton-Mifflin, Boston; Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts

"It is a rare poet who can capture the primal vision, the fresh Wordsworthain perceptions of a child as yet not debased by cliché." —New York Times Book Review

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York; Coretta Scott King Award; A 1999 New York Public Library "Black Experience" Selection



Sophie’s Bucket by Catherine Stock
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York; Methuen, London;
Little Mammoth pbk, London; Human & Rousseau, Cape Town;
Voyager pbk. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego

"A soft-spoken picture book celebrates this little girl's first day at the seashore. Sophie, who has never seen the ocean, finds two presents on her bed one morning, a bathing suit and a bucket. After a week of anticipation, she and her parents drive to the beach. Their day at the seashore is a time of discovery for Sophie and, for the reader, a rare and satisfying look at a happy family at play together. Sophie's bucket holds a succession of treasures at the seashore: lunch, salt water, seaweed, sand, sells, a crab, a starfish, and finally that night, the reflection of the moon in the water. In her innocence and quiet joy, Sophie is reminiscent of Zolotow's heroines. Stock's pleasing watercolor illustrations shimmer with light. The radiant colors of the day give way to luminous evening tones, lit by campfire, moon, and stars. For all its effervescent qualities, this is a good, solid choice for story hour or bedtime reading." —Booklist

Bella Arabella by Lila Fosburgh
Macmillan, New York; pbk Bantam, New York

Owl at Night by Ann Whitford Paul
Putnam, New York; Macdonald, London

“A gentle touch and a lyrical voice.” ––Publisher's Weekly
“A cozy catalog of nighttime activity.” ––School Library Journal


The Choice of the Herd by May Joyce Jones
Human and Rousseau, Cape Town


Emma’s Dragon Hunt by Catherine Stock
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York; Reading Rainbow Review Book: Original Art Show Selection

"The way ancient Chinese dragon myths can be celebrated through beautiful storytelling and illustrating is the artistic agenda for this book. The feathery, whiskery, otterlike dragons compel the reader's love for them right away. And as we're drawn into the tender love relation between Emma and her Grandfather, the net effect is what all the best fiction brings forth: a world we most willingly enter and never quite leave behind." —The Christian Science Monitor

"Did your grandpa rily do that trik? Do you rily live in Japan? I rily like your story. Please make anothr stor abot a dragen." —Happy Moselle

Sampson, the Christmas Cat by Catherine Stock
Putnam, New York; Macdonald, London

Loutjie by De Waal Venter
Human and Rousseau, Cape Town


Tina by Heinz Winckler
Tafelberg, Cape Town


Food for Thought by Martin Versfeld
Tafelberg, Cape Town

Posy by Charlotte Pomerantz
Greenwillow, New York; Junior Literary Guild; Christopher Award; Original Art Show selection

Mr. Tikiwok by Lucia Moira Thatcher
Tafelberg, Cape Town

Eating Out, A Guide to European Dishes
Tafelberg, Cape Town



A Royal Gift by Marietta Moskin
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York; Hamish Hamilton, London

Isabella Mine by Helen Reader Cross
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York

All-By-Herself by Betty Baker
Greenwillow, New York; Bruguera, Spain and Portugal

Shortchanged by History by Vernon Pizer
Putnam, New York

The Princess and the Pumpkin
by Maggie Duff
Macmillan, New York


A Christmas Angel Collection by Catherine Stock
Scribner's, New York; republished by Random House, New York in 1988; currently published by Walker and Company

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•Ladybug including Luke and Freddie serial from 1996 through 1999
•The New York Times
•The New Yorker
•Fair Lady and numerous other South African Magazines and newspapers
•Fukutaki and Learningland (Japanese Children’s Magazines)

Try these websites for more information about children's books:

The Children's Book Council
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Nora Cohen- freelance children's book editor
de Grummond Collection
Embracing the Child
The Children's Literature Web Guide
Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's Literature Resources
Eileen Christelow's website: more fun than a barrel of monkeys...

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