D - Books by author

This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.

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Columbus cover Columbus

Life story of the explorer Christopher Columbus, first published in 1955.

First Day Jitters cover First Day Jitters

Sarah Jane has all sorts of excuses for not attending her first day at a new school but Mr. Hartwell is insistent that she go.

The Little Drummer Boy cover The Little Drummer Boy

Colorful detailed illustrations bring the words of this familiar Christmas song to life for the young reader/listener.

Carl’s Christmas cover Carl’s Christmas

Carl takes the baby on a grand Christmas adventure before settling down in front of the fireplace to wait for Santa.

What is a Flower? cover What is a Flower?

Simple text and illustrations introduce the characteristics of various types of flowers.

What is a Tree? cover What is a Tree?

Simple text and illustrations introduce the characteristics of various types of trees.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink cover Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

Gilbert writes not-so-nice Valentine poems for two rude classmates and has to face the consequences for signing their names on the cards for the other.

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet cover Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

Gilbert is excited about the costume he is planning to wear in the Halloween parade at school until he discovers that lots of others have the same idea.

The Cajun Cornbread Boy cover The Cajun Cornbread Boy

A freshly baked cornbread boy escapes when taken out of the oven and eludes a number of hungry animals before a spicy encounter with an alligator in this Cajun version of the Gingerbread Boy.

A Brave Soldier cover A Brave Soldier

A young Canadian soldier is confused and disillusioned by his experiences in WWI.

14 Cows for America cover 14 Cows for America

In June, 2002, a precious gift was given to the men, women, and children of America by the Maasai people in Africa.

The Last Dance cover The Last Dance

A sentimental story of Bessie and Ninny, childhood friends and sweethearts, celebrating life and growing old together.

The Library Dragon cover The Library Dragon

Miss Lotta Scales is a dragon who believes her job is to protect the school's library books from the children. No one could change her mind until nearsighted Molly wandered in and knocked a book off the shelf.

Alpha Bravo Charlie cover Alpha Bravo Charlie

Introduction to the International Communications Alphabet, which designates a distinctive word to stand for each letter.

The Empty Pot cover The Empty Pot

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

Find the Animal ABC cover Find the Animal ABC

A festive alphabet book that allows readers to have fun while they fine-tune their skills of discrimination and observation.

The Greatest Power cover The Greatest Power

Long ago, a Chinese emperor challenges the children of his kingdom to show him the greatest power in the world, and all are surprised at what is discovered.

Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky cover Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky

Blends storytelling with fact to reveal the time-honored traditions behind kite-flying.

Happy New Year/Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts’ai! cover Happy New Year/Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts’ai!

Examines the customs, traditions, foods, and lore associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush cover Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

A poor boy in China receives a magical paintbrush and everything he paints turns to life.

The Worry Stone cover The Worry Stone

An old woman shares her park bench with a lonely boy and tells him comforting stories from her childhood.

The Art Lesson cover The Art Lesson

Tommy loves to draw. Creative at home, he is bewildered by the attitude of his teacher that 8 crayons are enough and appalled that the art teacher wants him to copy.

The Cloud Book cover The Cloud Book

Introduces the ten most common types of clouds, the myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

The Clown of God cover The Clown of God

A retelling of an old French legend in which a little juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has.

Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill cover Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin.

The Friendly Beasts cover The Friendly Beasts (an old English Christmas Carol)

The verses of the traditional carol detail the gifts of the animals to the baby Jesus.

The Knight and the Dragon cover The Knight and the Dragon

An inexperienced knight and a bumbling dragon decide they must live up to social expectations and meet on the battle field. But neither knows anything about fighting the other. . .

The Legend of Old Befana cover The Legend of Old Befana

The Italian Christmas legend about the lonely old woman who is forever searching for the Christ Child.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet cover The Legend of the Bluebonnet

When a killing drought threatens the existence of the tribe, a courageous little Comanche girl sacrifices her most beloved possession--and the Great Spirit's answer results not only in much needed rain but a very special gift in return.

The Legend of the Poinsettia cover The Legend of the Poinsettia

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

Little Grunt and the Big Egg cover Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A prehistoric fairy tale

Little Grunt finds a huge egg that hatches a baby dinosaur. But what will happen when it grows much too big to stay in their cave?

My First Chanukah cover My First Chanukah

Very simple text and illustrations give brief explanation of some activities of the Hanukkah celebration.

My First Thanksgiving cover My First Thanksgiving

Simple colorful illustrations with brief text for the youngest readers.

The Night of Las Posadas cover The Night of Las Posadas

A story of Las Posadas, the old Spanish custom which celebrates Mary and Joseph seeking shelter on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland cover Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

The story of Patrick's life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the "dreams" that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith.

The Popcorn Book cover The Popcorn Book

Presents a variety of facts about popcorn and includes 2 recipes.

The Story of the Three Wise Kings cover The Story of the Three Wise Kings

The story of the three kings who followed a bright star and brought gifts to the newborn Child in Bethlehem.

Tom cover; art by Tomie dePaola Tom

Tommy and his grandfather Tom share a wonderful sense of humor, a happy array of adventures, and a warm and special relationship.

Tony’s Bread cover Tony’s Bread

A baker loses his daughter but gains a bakery in the grand city of Milano after meeting a determined nobleman and baking a unique loaf of bread.

Taiko on a Windy Night cover Taiko on a Windy Night

"The wind cried adventure, the moon shone mystery." A black cat enjoys the sights, sounds, and smells of a nighttime stroll.