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13 Clocks (1950)

A wicked Duke imagines he has killed time itself.

Author(s): James Thurber
Illustrator(s): Marc Simont

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The 23rd Psalm (1999)

The Lord is my true shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

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Author(s): The Bible
Illustrator(s): Michael Hague

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The 3 Little Dassies (2010)

The three Dassies build houses of grass, sticks and stones. Then the Eagle comes calling.

Author(s): Jan Brett
Illustrator(s): Jan Brett

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5 Bedtime Stories (1957)

This collection includes Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Golden Goose and Chicken Little.

Author(s): Unknown
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)

When Bartholomew takes of his hat to the king, his head grows another one, until he is in danger of losing his head.

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Author(s): Dr. Seuss
Illustrator(s): Dr. Seuss

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A-Hunting We Will Go (1998)

Steven Kellogg has written new verses to a traditional nursery song and enlivened it with his fanciful illustrations.

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Author(s): Steven Kellogg
Illustrator(s): Steven Kellogg

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The ABC Bunny (1933)

The rhythmic and rhyming text tells the story of Bunny, driven from Bunnyland to Elsewhere after an unfortunate accident with an apple. Every letter in the alphabet is represented in Bunny’s journey. The illustrations are original lithographs drawn by Wanda Gág.

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1934

Author(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): Howard Gág
Wanda Gág

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ABC of Babar (1936)

One of the most charming ABC books of any era, this has few words and many rich color illustrations on every page.

Author(s): Jean de Brunhoff
Illustrator(s): Jean de Brunhoff

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Abe Lincoln Grows Up (1928)

Here we have Lincoln’s babyhood and boyhood at Knob Creek Farm and on Little Pigeon Creek, his games and chores.

Author(s): Carl Sandburg
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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The Absolutely Essential Eloise (1999)

Six-year-old Eloise lives in the sophisticated Plaza Hotel along with a singing nanny and a cat-looking dog. All day long, Eloise explores the hotel and its inhabitants, filling her days with great adventures. This special edition includes information about the further adventures of Eloise and her creators.

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Author(s): Kay Thompson
Illustrator(s): Hilary Knight

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The Absurd ABC (1874)

Short beautifully illustrated and engraved A-Z book with a nursery rhyme theme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Absurd ABC (1896)

Short beautifully illustrated and engraved A-Z book with a nursery rhyme theme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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An Actor’s Life For Me (1953)

This book takes place after the events of The Islanders, Rough Water and Operation Wild Goose and deals with Nick’s doings at drama school.

Author(s): Roland Pertwee
Illustrator(s): T. R. Freeman

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Acts of Light (1980)

There is no Frigate like a Book
Because I could not stop for Death-
I taste a liquor never brewed-

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Author(s): Emily Dickinson
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Adam of the Road (1942)

In this story of thirteenth-century England, Adam travels from St. Albans Abbey to Winchester to Oxford in search of his father, a strolling player.  The Newbery Award seal was applied to the dust jacket by the time of the second printing in June 1943. The paper in the first printing is unusually heavy for a war time book, but by the second and third printings, it had noticably decreased in thickness. The green cloth binding of the first printing became blue in subsequent printings. 

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1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Admiral Hornblower (1966)

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Charles Gorham

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Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (1958)

Hornblower has been promoted to Rear Admiral and has been named in command of the West Indies station, i.e. the Caribbean, with a squadron consisting of three frigates and fourteen brigs and schooners.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Dwight Shepler

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The Admiral’s Caravan (1892)

A young girl named Dorothy takes a journey with three wooden statues who come alive on Christmas Eve. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Charles E. Carryl
Illustrator(s): Reginald Birch

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Adopted Jane (1947)

A young orphan girl spends the summer with two families, hoping that one will adopt her.

Author(s): Helen Fern Daringer
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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The Adventures of Arab (1946)

Arab is a merry-go-round horse who seeks his freedom. He and a coach horse strike a bargain and trade places and what happens next is rather unusual.

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Author(s): Louis Slobodkin
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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