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Los Angeles' 100 Best Books - 1999
(Outstanding preK-12 Literature - A Balanced Library Acquisition Program)


About the Book Selection Program
1998 List
2000 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 1999.

Picture Books (12)

Addy, Sharon. Right Here on This Spot. Il. by John Clapp. (Houghton)
Atwell, Debby. River. Il. by author. (Houghton)
Borden, Louise. A. Lincoln and Me. Il. by Ted Lewin. (Scholastic)
Mayer, Mercer. Shibumi and the Kitemaker. Il. by author. (Marshall Cavendish)
Mollel, Tololwa. My Rows and Piles of Coins. Il. by E. B. Lewis. (Clarion)
Myers, Christopher. Black Cat. Il. by author. (Scholastic)
Otto, Carolyn. Pioneer Church. Il. by Megan Lloyd. (Holt)
Senisi, Ellen. Reading Grows. Il. by photographs. (Whitman)
Shannon, David. David Goes to School. Il. by author. (Scholastic/Blue Sky)
Stevens, Janet. Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! Il. by author. (Harcourt)
Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Il. by author. (Viking)
Wood, Douglas. Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth. Il. by P. J. Lynch. (Candlewick)


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

Kopper, Lisa. Daisy Knows Best. Il. by author. (Dutton)


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)

Low, Alice. The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches. Il. by Jane Manning. (HarperCollins)


Fiction (11)
(Books of prose that may have some basis in fact but which are primarily a product of the author’s imagination)

Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky. (Front Street/Cricket)
Cooney, Caroline. Burning Up. (Delacorte)
Cross, Gillian. Tightrope. (Holiday House)
Curtis, Christopher. Bud, Not Buddy. (Delacorte)
Eboch, Chris. The Well of Sacrifice. (Clarion)
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House. Il. by author. (Hyperion)
Levitin, Sonia. The Cure. (Harcourt/Silver Whistle)
Myers, Walter. Monster. Il. by Christopher Myers. (HarperCollins)
Namioka, Lensey. Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. (Delacorte)
Randle, Kristen. Breaking Rank. (Morrow)
Robertson, Bruce. Marguerite Makes a Book. Il. by Kathryn Hewitt. (Getty Museum)
Ryan, Pam. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride. Il. by Brian Selznick. (Scholastic)


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

Cart, Michael. Tomorrowland. (Scholastic)


000 - General Works / Computers (1)

Morrison, Taylor. Civil War Artist. Il. by author. (Houghton


100 - Philosophy and Psychology (2)

Hausman, Bonnie. A to Z, Do You Ever Feel Like Me? Il. by photographs. (Dutton)
Krull, Kathleen. They Saw the Future. (Atheneum)


200 - Religions (2)

Fisher, Leonard. Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya. Il. by author. (Holiday House)
Sonder, Ben. Evolutionism and Creationism. Il. by photographs. (Watts)


300 - Social Sciences (7)

Bartoletti, Susan. Kids on Strike! Illustrated with archival drawings and photographs. (Houghton)
Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes. Il. by photographs. (Scholastic)
Gaskins, Pearl. What Are You? Illustrated. (Holt)
Geisert, Bonnie. River Town. Il. by Arthur Geisert. (Houghton)
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Las Posadas. Photographs by Lawrence Migdale. (Holiday House)
Steir, Catherine. If I Were President. Il. by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. (Whitman)
Tanaka, Shelley. Secrets of the Mummies. Illustrated. (Hyperion/Madison)


398.2 - Folklore (9)

Allen, Debbie. Brothers of the Knight. Il. and retold by Kadir Nelson. (Dial)
Beneduce, Ann Keay. Jack and the Beanstalk. Il. by Gennady Spirin. (Philomel)
Goldin, Barbara. Journeys with Elijah. Il. by Jerry Pinkney. (Harcourt/Gulliver)
Hague, Michael. Magical World of Unicorns. Il. by author. (Simon)
Opie, Iona (Ed). Here Comes Mother Goose. Il. by Rosemary Wells. (Candlewick)
Pinkney, Jerry. The Ugly Duckling. Il. by author. (Morrow)
Poole, Amy. How the Rooster Got His Crown. Il. by author. (Holiday House)
Rosales, Melodye Benson. Leola and the Honeybears. Il. by author. (Scholastic/Cartwheel)
Tseng, Grace. White Tiger, Blue Serpent. Il. by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. (Lothrop)


400 - Languages (1)

Strumpf, Michael. The Grammar Bible. (Knowledgeopolis)


500 - Pure Sciences (12)

Cowley, Joy. Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Photographs by Nic Bishop. (Scholastic)
Dingus, Lowell. The Tiniest Giants. Il. by photographs. (Random)
Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the African Savanna. Il. by Tom Leonard. (Hyperion)
Jenkins, Martin. The Emperor’s Egg. Il. by Jane Chapman. (Candlewick)
Lessem, Don. Dinosaurs to Dodos. Il. by Jan Sovak. (Scholastic/Reference)
Mason, Adrienne. The World of the Spider. Il. by photographs. (Sierra Club)
McNulty, Faith. How Whales Walked into the Sea. Il. by Ted Rand. (Scholastic)
Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. The History of Counting. Il. Michael Hays. (Morrow)
Schnur, Steven. Spring. Il. by Leslie Evans. (Clarion)
Schwartz, David. If You Hopped Like a Frog. Il. by James Warhola. (Scholastic
Seibert, Patricia. Discovering El Nino. Il. by Jan Ellis. (Millbrook)
Simon, Seymour. Crocodiles and Alligators. Photographs by author. (HarperCollins)


600 - Applied Science and Technology (7)

Beil, Karen. Fire in Their Eyes. Il. by photographs. (Harcourt)
Couper, Heather. DK Space Encyclopedia. Illustrated. (Dorling Kindersley)
Dyson, Marianne. Space Station Science. Illustrated. (Scholastic/Reference)
Hall, Lindsey. Anorexia Nervosa. (Gurze)
Jones, Charlotte. Eat Your Words. Il. by John O’Brien. (Delacorte)
Levenson, George. Pumpkin Circle. Photographs by Shmuel Thaler. (Tricycle)
McKissack, Patricia and Frederick L. Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers. Illustrated. (Scholastic)


700 - Arts (7)

Brooke, Michael. The Concrete Wave. Illustrated. (Warwick)
Dalton, Stephen. Secret Worlds. Il. by photographs. (Firefly)
Frazee, Marla. Hush, Little Baby: A Folksong with Pictures. Il. by author. (Harcourt/Browndeer)
Macaulay, David. Building the Book CATHEDRAL. Il. by author. (Houghton)
McKissack, Fredrick. Black Hoops. Il. with photographs. (Scholastic)
Swinburne, Stephen. Guess Whose Shadow? Photographs by author. (Boyds Mills)
Varriale, Jim. Take a Look Around. Illustrated. (Milbrook)


800 - Literature (7)

Dunbar, Paul. Jump Back, Honey. Il. by Jerry and Brian Pinkney, Faith Ringgold, and others. (Jump at the Sun)
Ganeri, Anita. The Young Person’s Guide to Shakespeare. Illustrated. (Harcourt)
Graham, Joan. Flicker Flash. Il. by Nancy Davis. (Houghton)
Michelson, Richard. A Book of Flies. Il. by Leonard Baskin. (Marshall Cavendish)
Moore, Clement. The Night Before Christmas. Il. by Bruce Whatley. (HarperCollins)
Shertle, Alice. A Lucky Thing. Il. by Wendell Minor. (Harcourt/Browndeer)
Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending (HarperCollins)


900 - Geography and History (9)

Calabro, Marian. The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party. Illustrated. (Clarion)
Haskins, James. The Geography of Hope. Illustrated. (Twenty-First Century)
Jaskol, Julie. City of Angels. Il. by Kleven. (Dutton)
Kimmel, Elizabeth. Ice Story. Il. by Frank Hurley. (Clarion)
Kuhn, Betsy. Angels of Mercy. Illustrated. (Atheneum)
Marrin, Albert. Terror of the Spanish Main. Illustrated. (Dutton)
Maurer, Richard. The Wild Colorado. Illustrated. (Crown)
Miller, Marilyn. Words that Built a Nation. Illustrated. (Scholastic/Reference)
Opdyke, Irene. In My Hands. Il. by photographs. (Knopf)


920 - Biography - Autobiography

Adams, Simon. 1000 Makers of the Millennium. Illustrated. (Dorling Kindersley)
Aliki. William Shakespeare & The Globe. Il. by author. (HarperCollins)
DePaola, Thomas. 26 Fairmount Avenue. Il. by author. (Putnam)
Garner, Eleanor Ramrath. Eleanor’s Story. Illustrated. (Peachtree)
Matthews, Tom. Always Inventing. Illustrated. (National Geographic Society)
Ringgold, Faith. If a Bus Could Talk. Il. by author. (Simon)
Rubin, Susan. Margaret Bourke-White: Her Pictures Were Her Life. Illustrated. (Abrams)
St. George, Judith. In the Line of Fire. Il. by photographs. (Holiday House)
Tallchief, Maria. Tallchief. Il. by Gary Kelley. (Viking)



This list (along with annotations, reading and interest levels, and curriculum connections for each title) is available in The Dragon Lode, 19/2, Spring 2001, pp. 41-50. For your convenience, a reprint of this article is also available for $2.50. This issue is also now online (click Volume 19, No. 2, Spring, then click Los Angeles' 100 Best Books - 1999).

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