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Los Angeles' 100 Best Books - 1995
(Outstanding preK-12 Literature - A Balanced Library Acquisition Program)


About the Book Selection Program
1996 List
Picture Books
Large-Print, Early Reader Books
Emergent-Reader Transitional Books
Story Collection
000 - General Works / Computers
100 - Philosophy and Psychology
200 - Religions
300 - Social Sciences
398.2 - Folklore
400 - Languages
500 - Pure Sciences
600 - Applied Science and Technology
700 - Arts
800 - Literature
900 - Geography and History
920 - Biography - Autobiography

All these books were published in 1995.

Picture Books (12)

Bradby, Marie. More than Anything Else (Orchard)
Garland, Michael. Dinner at Magritte’s (Dutton)

Jenkins, Steve. Looking Down (Houghton)

Jennings, Linda. Tom’s Tail (Little)

Lee, Huy. In the Snow (Holt)

MacLachlan, Patricia. What You Know First (HarperCollins)

Medearis, Angela. Poppa’s New Pants (Holiday House)

Ostrow, Vivian. My Brothers Is from Outer Space (Whitman)

Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam)

Schnur, Steven. Il. by Stephen T. Johnson. The Tie Man’s Miracle (Morrow )

Scieszka, Jon. Il. by Lane Smith.
Math Curse (Viking)
Shertle, Alice. Down the Road (Harcourt/Browndeer)


Large-Print, Early Reader Books (1)
(Fiction books with large print and limited vocabulary, hence useful for the early reader)

Merriam, Eve The Hole Story (Simon)


Emergent-Reader Transitional Books (1)
(Fiction books with numerous pictures in which the text conveys meaning independent of the illustrations; useful for the newly-fluent reader as a transition to longer books)

Coerr, Eleanor. Il. by Don Bolognese. Buffalo Bill and the Pony (HarperCollins)


Fiction (12)
(Books of prose that may have some basis in fact but which are primarily a product of the author’s imagination)

Bunting, Eve. Spying on Miss Muller (Clarion)
Curtis, Christopher. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 (Delacorte)

Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice (Clarion)

Haddix, Margaret. Running Out of Time (Simon)

Lester, Julius. Othello (Scholastic/Hardcover)

Paulson, Gary. The Rifle (Harcourt)

Plummer, Louise. The Unlikely romance of Kate Kborkman (Delacorte)

Rosen, Michael. A School for Pompey Walker (Harcourt)

Synch, Chris. Slot Machine (HarperCollins)

Talbert, Marac. The Heart of the Jaguar (Simon)

Taylor, Mildred. The Well (Dial)

Taylor, Theodore. The Bomb (Harcourt)


Story Collection (1)
(A collection of fictional short stories by one or more authors)

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. An Island Like You (Orchard)


000 - General Works / Computers (1)

Gates, Bill. The Road Ahead (Viking)


100 - Philosophy and Psychology (0)


200 - Religions (2)

Demi. Buddha (Holt)

Kenna, Kathleen. A People Apart (Houghton)


300 - Social Sciences (9)

Ancona, George. Fiesta U.S.A. (Dutton/Lodestar)

Chandler, Kurt. Passages of Pride (Times Books/Random)

Colman, Penny. Rosie the Riveter (Crown)

Copsey, Susan. Children Just Like Me (Dorling Kindersley)

Kroll, Steven. Ellis Island (Holiday House)

Lawlor, Veronica. I Was Dreaming to Come to America (Viking)

Morris, Ann. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes (Lothrop)

Pollack, Rachel. The Journey Out (Viking)

Salinger, Adrienne. In My Room (Chronicle)


398.2 - Folklore (7)

Bruchac, Joseph. Il. by Murv Joseph. The Boy Who Lived with the Bears (HarperCollins)
Hamilton, Virginia. Il. by Leo & Diane Dillon. Her Stories (Scholastic/Blue Sky)

Namioka, Lensey. Il. by Aki Sogabe. The Loyal Cat (Harcourt/Browndeer)

Reneaux, J. J. Il. by Donnie Lee Green. Why Alligator Hates Dog (August House Little Folk)
SanSouci, Robert. Il. by Brian Pinkney. The Faithful Friend (Simon)

Stevens, Janet. Il. by author. Tops and Bottoms (Harcourt)

Talbott, Hudson. King Arthur and the Round Table (Morrow/Books of Wonder )


400 - Languages (1)

Johnson, Stephen. Alphabet City (Viking)


500 - Pure Sciences (11)

Ackerman, Diane. The Rarest of the Rare (Random)
Baker, Jeannie. The Story of Rosy Dock (Greenwillow)

Forsyth, Adrian. How Monkeys Make Chocolate (Owl Books)
Gibbons, Gail. The Reasons for Seasons (Holiday House)
Markle, Sandra. Measuring Up! (Atheneum)

Markle, Sandra. Outside and Inside Snakes (Macmillan)

Matthews, Downs. Arctic Foxes (Simon)

Myers, Lynne. Galapagos (Hyperion)

Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Emeka’s Gift (Dutton/Cobblehill
Seibert, Patricia. Il. by Jan Davey. Toad Overload (Millbrook Press)
Thomas, David. Math Projects in the Computer Age (Watts)


600 - Applied Science and Technology (8)

Abner, Allison. Finding Our Way (Harper/Perennial)

Ford, Michael. The Voices of Aids (Morrow)

Gibbons, Gail. Bicycle Book (Holiday House)

Giblin, James. When Plague Strikes (HarperCollins)

Gourley, Catherine. Hunting Neptune’s Giants (Millbrook Press)

King, Elizabeth. Chile Fever (Dutton)

Mauer, Richard. Rocket! How a Toy Launched the Space Age (Crown)

Rowan, Peter. Some Body! (Knopf)


700 - Arts (9)

Bourke, Linda. Eye Count (Chronicle)

Capek, Michael. Murals (Lerner)

Cornelissen, Cornelia. Il. by John Maclachln. Music in the Wood (Delacorte)
Feelings, tom. The Middle Passage (Dial)

Guthrie, Donna. The Young Producer’s Video Book (Millbrook Press)

Jackman, Joan. The Young Gymnast (Dorling Kindersley)

Johnson, James. Lift Every Voice and Sing (Scholastic/Hardcover)

Pellowski, Michael. The Art of Making Comic Books (Lerner)

Talbot, John. It’s for You (Dutton)


800 - Literature (7)

Christelow, Eileen. What Do Authors Do? (Clarion)

Clute, John. Science Fiction (Dorling Kindersley)

Hughes, Langston. Il. by Romare Bearden. The Block (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Myers, Walter. Glorious Angels (HarperCollins)

Schertle, alice. Advice for a Frog and Other Poems (Lothrop)

Simon, Seymour. Star Walk (Morrow)

Soto, Gary. Canto Familiar (Harcourt)


900 - Geography and History (10)

Besson, Jean-Louis. October 45 (Harcourt/Creative)

Boas, Jacob. We Are Witnesses (Holt)

Denenberg, Barry. Voices from Vietnam (Scholastic/Hardcover)

Franklin, Kristine. Out of the Dump (Lothrop)

Katz, William. Black Women of the Old West (Atheneum)

Krull, Kathleen. V Is for Victory (Knopf/Apple Soup)

Lincoln, Abraham. Il. by Michael McCurdy. The Gettysburg Address (Houghton)
Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire (Scholastic/Hardcover)

Roessel, Monty. Songs from the Loom (Lerner)

Sewall, Marcia. Thunder from the Clear Sky (Atheneum)


920 - Biography - Autobiography

Ayer, Eleanor. Parallel Journeys (Atheneum)

Bober, Natalie. Abigail Adams (Atheneum)

Engel, Dean. Ezra Jack Keats (Silver Moon)

Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Artists (Harcourt)

Marvin, Albert. The Sea King (Atheneum)

Reef, Catherine. Walt Whitman (Clarion)

Ugwu-Oju, Dympna. What Will My Mother Say (Bonus Books)

Wallner, Alexandra. Beatrix Potter (Holiday House)



This list (along with annotations, reading and interest levels, and curriculum connections for each title) is available in The Dragon Lode 15/2, March 1997, pp. 17-23. For your convenience, a reprint of this article is available for $2.50.

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