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The Little Match Girl (signed), Andersen, Hans Christian / adapted by Jerry Pinkney
1 Andersen, Hans Christian / adapted by Jerry Pinkney
The Little Match Girl (signed)
New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books (1999) First Edition 
4to Pictorial boards. [32]pp with luminous watercolor illustrations by Jerry Pinkney. Pinkney has given an American setting to Andersen's touching story of poverty midst plenty. Signed in silver ink to the black endpaper by Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Lonesome Boy (signed), Bontemps, Arna
2 Bontemps, Arna
Lonesome Boy (signed)
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1955 First Edition Topolski, Feliks 
8vo Dark blue cloth. 28pp with expressive black & white illustrations by Feliks Topolski. Even out in a cornfield, Bubber loves to blow his trumpet loud and fast and high. But his grandpa tells him that blowing a horn and not paying attention to where you are can land a person in some funny places. Inscribed and signed by the author to poet Jean Burden "who would understand my lonesome boy." Upper endpapers slightly darkened from a newspaper clipping else Very Good. Dustjacket chipped with closed tears, spine darkened, stains to upper panel. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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You Can't Pet a Possum, Bontemps, Arna
3 Bontemps, Arna
You Can't Pet a Possum
New York: William Morrow, 1934 First Edition Bischoff, Ilse 
8vo Red decorated cloth. 120pp. Illustrated by Ilse Bischoff with four wonderful full-color plates and line drawings within the text. The story of a little black boy named Shine, his Aunt Cindy, and his big, yellow pup Butch, who live out in the country in the South. Arna Bontemps gave children a book full of interesting episodes and several dashes of real excitement. Cloth lightly soiled along lower edge of upper cover. Name on ffep stroked through with black marker, light marginal finger soil else Very Good. Dustjacket is dust-soiled and darkened, chipped, worn, and torn along edges, with a few light pencil marks to upper panel. A scarce early title, particularly in the jacket, by this noted Harlem Renaissance poet and writer.  
Price: 450.00 USD
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Popo and Fifina, Bontemps, Arna and Langston Hughes
4 Bontemps, Arna and Langston Hughes
Popo and Fifina
New York: Oxford University Press (1993) First Edition Thus Campbell, E. Sims 
8vo Cloth backed boards. ix, 110pp with occasional black & white illustrations by E. Sims Campbell. Introduction and afterword by Arnold Rampersad. The story of two children who live on the tropical island of Haiti. Originally published in 1932, this classic of African-American children's literature marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between its Harlem Renaissance authors. A title in The Iona and Peter Opie Library of Children's Literature. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Oren Bell, Burgess, Barbara Hood
5 Burgess, Barbara Hood
Oren Bell
(New York): Delacorte Press (1991) First Edition 
8vo Cloth-backed boards. 182pp. A warm and funny first novel about a 7th-grade boy, his twin sister and his smart little sister. Oren is an underachiever but this could be his year to shine. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Children of the Sun, Carew, Jan
6 Carew, Jan
The Children of the Sun
Boston: Little, Brown (1980) Stated First Edition Dillon, Leo and Diane 
Quarto. Decorated yellow cloth. [32]pp with stunning color illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. An original tale derived from folk tales and myths. Bookplate and neat date to ffep. Near Fine in dustjacket (lightly soiled and frayed with tiny chips at spine tips). 
Price: 35.00 USD
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What Am I? Looking Through Shapes at Apples and Grapes, Charles, N. N.
7 Charles, N. N.
What Am I? Looking Through Shapes at Apples and Grapes
New York: Blue Sky / Scholastic (1994) First Edition Dillon, Leo & Diane 
Square quarto. Die-cut glazed boards. [34]pp with big, bold color images by Leo and Diane Dillon. "Playful rhymes and die-cut shapes become a question-and-answer game for very young readers in this exuberant celebration of colors and fruits." Neat ink name ffep else Near Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Magic Gourd, Diakite, Baba Wague
8 Diakite, Baba Wague
The Magic Gourd
New York: Scholastic (2003) First Edition 
Tall quarto. Pictorial boards. 32pp with the author's striking color illustrations throughout. A "Rabbit" story from Mali in West Africa, this is a variant of the tale of a never-ending supply of food that is told the world over. The author also includes a glossary, a note about the mud cloth patterns he used as border designs to decorate the pages, a song of praise, and other background notes. Winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society. Fine in dustjacket. 
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Rap A Tap Tap, Here's Bojangles - Think of That!, Dillon, Leo & Diane
9 Dillon, Leo & Diane
Rap A Tap Tap, Here's Bojangles - Think of That!
New York: Blue Sky Press / Scholastic (2002) First Edition 
Tall quarto. Glazed pictorial boards. [32]pp with the Dillons' bright color illustrations throughout. The story of "the greatest tap dancer of all time," Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, is told in verse and image. On May 25 in 1989, Congress declared that day (which was Bojangles' birthday) National Tap Dance Day in his honor. A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Fine in dustjacket. 
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Zamani Goes to Market, Feelings, Muriel L.
10 Feelings, Muriel L.
Zamani Goes to Market
New York: Seabury Press, 1970 First Edition Feelings, Tom 
8vo Red cloth. [44]pp with beautiful two-color illustrations by award-winning artist Tom Feelings. Story and art capture the values and life-style of a modern East African family. Very Good in chipped and worn dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Something Nice to See, Gardner, Theodore Roosevelt
11 Gardner, Theodore Roosevelt
Something Nice to See
Santa Barbara: Allen A. Knoll, 1994 First Edition Hamlin, Peter 
7.5"x10.25" Cloth-backed boards. [32]pp with detailed color illustrations throughout. Story of a young boy in Watts who is shunned by his schoolmates because he can read and of the friendship he develops with Simon Rodia, the incomparable builder of the Watts Towers. Near Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs, Greenfield, Eloise
12 Greenfield, Eloise
I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs
New York: HarperCollins (2001) First Edition Gilchrist, Jan Spivey 
8.5"x10.25" Color pictorial boards. [32]pp with bright, bold color illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. A young artist paints zany dinosaur creations, each with its own special poem. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Kinda Blue, Grifalconi, Ann
13 Grifalconi, Ann
Kinda Blue
Boston: Little, Brown (1993) First Edition 
Quarto. Blue boards. [32]pp with the author's lovely watercolor illustrations throughout. "One day down in Georgia / Where the sweet corn grows so slow / I had me a fit of lonely / I was feelin' kinda blue." Penciled date and child's name penned to ffep else Near Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Beardon, Hartfield, Claire
14 Hartfield, Claire
Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Beardon
New York: Dial (2002) First Edition Lagarrigue, Jerome 
Quarto. Pictorial boards. [40]pp with illustrations from paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue. James lives in North Carolina but spends a summer in New York with his Aunt Nanette and Uncle Romie, a character based on Romare Beardon. At the back of the book are instructions for children to create their own collage art and a brief biographical sketch of Beardon, including small reproductions of two of his paintings. Small repaired surface tear to ffep thus Very Good in Fine dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Happy Christmas Gemma, Hayes, Sarah
15 Hayes, Sarah
Happy Christmas Gemma
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1986 First U.S. Edition Ormerod, Jan 
8vo Glazed pictorial boards. [28]pp with lovely color illustrations by Jan Ormerod. A small boy tells about his and his baby sister's Christmas. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Frederick Douglass, Herschler, Mildred Barger
16 Herschler, Mildred Barger
Frederick Douglass
Chicago: Follett (1969) First Edition Downs, John 
8vo Pictorial cloth. 156pp illustrated with drawings and contemporary pictorial material. Douglass began life as a slave but learned to read despite many obstacles. He lectured on the evils of slavery, became one of Lincoln's trusted advisors and was appointed Minister to Haiti. A title in the Library of American Heroes. Small spot to ffep else Very Good. Dustjacket chipped with small scraped area on spine.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South, Igus, Toyomi, story interpreted and written by
17 Igus, Toyomi, story interpreted and written by
Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South
San Francisco: Children's Book Press (1996) First Edition Wood, Michele 
9"x11" Pictorial boards. [32]pp. A series of stunning paintings by Michele Wood document her return to the South to see and feel the land where her ancestors lived. Winner of the 1997 American Book Award among several other awards. Child's ownership inscription to upper pastedown else Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo (SIGNED), Lester, Julius
18 Lester, Julius
Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo (SIGNED)
New York: Dial (1996) First Edition Pinkney, Jerry 
Oblong 8vo Pictorial boards. [40]pp illustrated with the amazing art of multiple award winning Jerry Pinkney. This is a funny, warm and wonderful retelling of the well-loved tale wherein a smart little kid outwits some seriously mean tigers. Signed by Caldecott Medal winnter Jerry Pinkey. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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The Hundred Penny Box, Mathis, Sharon Bell
19 Mathis, Sharon Bell
The Hundred Penny Box
New York: Viking Press (1975) First Edition Dillon, Leo and Diane 
8vo Brown blind-stamped cloth. 48pp with sensitive two-color illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. A spare but touching story about the bond of love and understanding between young Michael and his Great-great-aunt Dew, who is one hundred years old. Awarded a Newbery Honor in 1976. Lower corners lightly bumped, small faint stain at base of lower cover; red remainder slash along length of upper text block which colored the very top edge of the jacket flaps. Pages bear no evidence of the marking. Near Very Good in lightly soiled and worn dustjacket with light chipping at spine ends. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Goin' Someplace Special (signed), McKissack, Patricia C.
20 McKissack, Patricia C.
Goin' Someplace Special (signed)
New York: Atheneum (2001) First Edition Pinkney, Jerry 
4to Pictorial boards [34]pp richly illustrated with watercolors by Jerry Pinkney. A poignant story of growing up under Jim Crow laws in the segregated South, drawn from the author's own childhood experiences in Nashville, Tennessee. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Signed to the title page by Jerry Pinkney. Fine in dustjacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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