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My main interest is to show the progression of the illustration styles over time. For that reason, I have sorted by the copyright date of the interior illustrations in the copy displayed, not by the number assigned the title. The number below each book indicates the number first given to that title. Further information about which printing or edition is shown, or details about changes made, are noted as known.

For a list of my books in order by the number assigned to the title, click here.      

Click on image to see sample pages, as well as further information on selected books.

1981


#204-39


#205-32


#207-36

Jenny's 
Surprise Summer
Story and Pictures 
by Eugenie 

c. 1981 
Western Publishing Co. 
B printing, 24 page

 

Little Golden 
Picture Dictionary
Illustrated by Marie DeJohn

c. 1981
Western Publishing

 

Hiram's Red Shirt  
by Mabel Watts 
Illustrated 
by Aurelius Battaglia

c. 1981 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing 24 pages

 

1982


#103-44


 # 110-38 


#209-39


# 460-31

Toad Flies High
With characters from the 
Walt Disney motion picture
 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
 Adapted from The Wind and the Willow
 by Kenneth Grahame

c. 1982


 

Mrs. Brisby and 
the Magic Stone

Adapted by Gina Ingoglia 
Illustrated 
by Carol Nicklaus

c. 1982 
Mrs. Brisby Ltd./Western Publishing 
F Printing (#110-47), 
24 pages

 

When You
Were a Baby 

 by Linda Hayward 
Illustrated 
by Ruth Sanderson 

c. 1982 
Western Publishing Co. 
E Printing (#306-41) 
24 pages


Rudolph the
 Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Shines Again 

Adapted by 
Robert L. May 
Illustrated 
by Darrell Baker

c. 1982 
Western Publishing 
O Printing #452-08, 
24 pages

1983


#109-46


#201-45


# 203-45


#204-44

Puppy Love 
by Madeline Sunshine 
illustrated 
by Carol Nicklaus

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
I Printing (#109-56), 
24 pages

 

Theodore Mouse 
Goes to Sea 
by Michaela Muntean 
Illustrated 
by Lucinda McQueen

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
H Printing  (#201-55), 
24 pages


The Fire Fighters' 
Counting  Book 
by Polly Curren 
Illustrated 
by Pat Stewart

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
 B printing, 24 pages

 

The Store-Bought Doll 
by Lois Meyer 
Illustrated 
by Ruth Sanderson

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co.
 I Printing (#204-54), 
24 pages




#208-44


 #209-46


# 304-48


 #308-44

Good Night
Aunt Lily  
by Margaret Madigan 
Illustrated 
by Diane Dawson

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
F printing #208-54, 
24 pages

 

Best Friends
by Catherine Kenworthy 
Illustrated
 by  Dyanne Di Salvo-Ryan

c.  1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
B printing, 24 pages




The Cow and 
The Elephant 

by Claude Clayton Smith 
Illustrated 
by R. Z. Whitlock

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
 C Printing, 24 pages

 

Animal Quiz Book
by Edith T. Kunhardt 
Illustrated 
by Kelley Oechsli 

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
D Printing, 24 pages





#309-53


#454-09


#459-42

Dogs
by Jean Lewis 
Illustrated 
by Turi MacCombi

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
C Printing, 24 pages



The Twelve Days
of Christmas
A Christmas Carol
Illustrated by Mike Eagle

c. 1983
Western Publishing

 

Walt Disney Productions'
Mickey's 
Christmas Carol 

 

c. 1983 
Western Publishing Co. 
I Printing, 24 pages



1984


#109-9


#107-48


#201-10


#205-40


# 206-45

I Think That 
It Is Wonderful
and Other Poems from Sesame Street
by David Korr
Illustrated by A. Delaney

c. 1984
Western Publishing
O printing, 24 pages

 

Rainbow Brite and the Brook Meadow Deer 
by Sarah Leslie 
Illustrated
 by Roy Wilson

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printng, 24 pages



The Adventures 
of Goat 
by Lucille Hammond 
Illustrated by Eugenie

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
B Printing, # 201-46, 
24 pages

 

If I Had a Dog
Story and Pictures
 by Lillian Obligado

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
E Printing (#205-50), 
24 page


The Gull that 
Lost the Sea 

by Claude Clayton Smith 
Illustrated 
by Lucinda McQueen

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
D Printing (#206-55), 
24 pages



#209-57


#210-63


#211-56


# 302-55

The Good-By Day
by Leone Castell Anderson 
Illustrated by Eugenie

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing, 24 pages


Kitty's New Doll
by Dorothy M. Kundhardt
Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

c. 1984
Western Publishing
1993 printing, 24 pages

 

The Shoelace Box 
by Elizabeth Winthrop 
Illustrated 
by Kathy Wilburn

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
D Printing, 24 pages



Polly's Pet
by Lucille Hammond 
Illustrated
 by Amye Rosenberg

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
B Printing, 24 pages



#460-9


#103-58


#106-9


#98071-01

The Christmas Donkey
by T William Taylor 
Illustrated 
by Andrea Brooks

c. 1984 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing (460-41), 
24 pages

 

Walt Disney's
Snow White and 
the Seven Dwarfs
 
c. 1984
Western Publishing
#103-67, 1991, 24 pages



Coming Soon
Bambi
Based on the original story
 by Felix Salten
Illustrated by Ron Diaz

c. 1984
Western Publishing Co.
#106-9, 24 pages

 

Coming Soon
Bambi
 Based on the original story
by Felix Salten
Illustrated by Ron Diaz
Cover Art by Francese Mateu

c. 1984
Western Publishing Co.
1997, 24 pages

1985


#107-61


#107-63 


#110-55


#110-58


#203-54

Big Bird's Day 
on the Farm
by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Illustrated by
 Maggie Swanson

c. 1985
Children's Television Network/Western Publishing
1991 printing, 24 pages


The Missing 
Wedding Dress Featuring Barbie 

by Karen Krugman 
Illustrated
by Laura Westlake 

c. 1985 
Mattel 
C Printing 24 pages


Bugs Bunny 
Marooned
by Justine Korman
Illustrated by Joe messerli

c. 1985
Western Publishing
A Printing, 24 pages


 

Robotman and 
Friends at School 
by Justine Korman 
Illustrated 
by John Costanza 

c. 1985 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing, 24 pages


Coming Soon
Ten Items or Less
A Counting Book
by Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrated by Terri Super

c. 1985
Western Publishing
G Printing, 24 pages

 

 


# 204-56


#204-55


#209-59


#300-53


#303-57

Amanda's First 
Day of School 
Story and Pictures by 
Joan Elizabeth Goodman

c. 1985 
Western Publishing Co. 
B Printing, 24 pages

 

Bialosky's 
Special Picnic
by Leslie McGuire 
Illustrated 
by Jerry Joyner

c. 1985 
Workman Publishing and 
Peggy & Alan Bialosky 
A Printing, 24 pages

 

The Scarebunny 
by Dorothy Kunhardt 
Illustrated 
by Kathy Wilburn

c. 1985 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing, 24 pages
 

 

A Fox Jumped Up
One Winter Night
Adapted and Illustrated
 by Nina Barbaresi

c. 1985
Western Publishing
D printing, 24 pages

 

The Pokey Little  Puppy's Naughty Day
Story and pictures 
by Jean Chandler

c. 1985
Western Publishing
C printing, 24 pages

 


#305-55 


#308-55


#308-56


#459-8


#100-58

Grandma and 
Grandpa Smith 

by Edith Kunhardt 
Illustrated 
by Terry Super

c.1985 
Western Publishing Co. 
D printing, 24 pages

 

How Does Your
 Garden Grow  
by Pat Patterson 
Illustrated 
by Brenda Clark 
and Debi Perna

c. 1985
Owl Magazine/Golden Press
B printing, 24 pages

 

My First Book of
 the Planets  
by Elizabeth Winthrop 
Illustrated by John Nez 

c. 1985 
Elizabeth Winthrop Mahony 
H Printing 24 Pages


 

The Biggest, 
Most Beautiful Christmas Tree 

Story and Pictures 
by Amye Rosenberg

c. 1985 
Amye Rosenberg 
A Printing 24 pages


Walt Disney's 
Detective 
Mickey Mouse

c. 1985 
Walt Disney Company 
C Printing, 24 pages

 

 

1986


#110-60


#204-57


#206-56 


#306-55


#308-57

Bugs Bunny and
the Health Hog
by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Darrell Baker

c. 1986
Western Publishing
A printing, 24 pages

 

Theodore Mouse 
Up in the Air   
by Michaela Muntean 
Illustrated by Lucinda McQueen 

c. 1986 
Michaela Muntean/
Lucinda McQueen 
D Printng 24 pages

 

Summer Vacation  
by Edith Kunhardt 
Illustrated 
by Kathy Allert 

c. 1986 
Western Publishing Co. 
A Printing 24 pages


Baby Sister   
by Dorothea M. Sachs 
Illustrated 
by Joy Friedman 

c. 1986 
Dorothea M Sachs/Joy Friedman 
B Printing, 24 pages



How Things Grow 
A Book About Nature
by Nancy Buss 
Illustrated 
by Kathy Allert

c. 1986 
Nancy Buss/Kathy Allert 
A Printing, 24 pages


1987


#108-56


#108-58


#110-63


#207-56

My Own Grandpa
by Leone Castell Anderson
Illustrated by Kathy Wilburn

c. 1987
Western Publishing
A printing, 24 pages



What's Up
In the Attic?
by Liza Alexander 
Illustrated by Tom Cooke 

c. 1987 
Children's Television Workshop 
A Printing, 24 pages

 

Bugs Bunny and
the Pink Flamingos
by Gina Ingoglia
Illustrated by John Costanza

c. 1987
Western Publishing
A printing, 24 pages


The Tortoise and
the Hare
Retold by Margo Lundell 
Illustrated by John Nez

c. 1987 
Western Publishing Co. 
B Printing, 24 pages

 


#305-58


#311-62


#450-10


#458-1 

Arthur's Good 
Manners
Previously Titled 
Spaghetti Manners
by Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrated by Lisa McCue Karsten

c. 1986
Western Publishing
1991 printing, 24 pages



Daniel in the
 Lions' Den
Daniel 1-2, 4-6
Retold by Pamela Broughton
Illustrated by Tom La Padula

c. 1987
Western Publishing
C printing, 24 pages


Clement C. Moore's
The Night Before Christmas  
Illustrated 
by Kathy Wilburn

c. 1987 
Western Publishing Co.
C Printing, 24 pages


The Christmas Tree
That Grew  

by Phyllis Krasilovsky 
Illustrated
by Kathy Wilburn 

c. 1987 
Phyllis Krasilovsky 
A Printing, 24 pages


 


#459-00


#100-60


#102-56


#102-58

The Littlest 
Christmas Elf  

by Nancy Buss 
Illustrated 
by Terri Super

c. 1987 
Nancy Buss/Terri Super 
C Printing, 24 pages

 

Walt Disney's
Mickey Mouse 
Heads for the Sky

c. 1987
Western Publishing
F Printing, 24 pages


 

Walt Disney's 
Donald Duck 
Some Ducks Have
 All the Luck

c. 1987
Western Publishing
1990 printing, 24 pages


Disney's
Duck Tales 
The Hunt for the 
Giant Pear

c. 1987
Western Publishing
1993 printing, 24 pages

 

1988


#108-59 


#204-58


#208-58


#306-57

The Day Snuffy 
Had the Sniffles
 by Linda Lee Maifair 
Illustrated
 by Tom Brannon 

c. 1988 
Children's Television Network 
#108-65 (1991)
 24 pages

 

The Good
Old Days 
by Dave Werner 
Illustrated 
by Deborah Borgo

c. 1988 
Western Publishing Company 
D Printing, 24 pages

 

Let's Go Shopping!
by Steven Lindbloom
Illustrated by Kathy Allert

c. 1988
Western Publishing
C printing, 24 pages


The Bears'
New Baby

Story and Pictures by
Joan Elizabeth Goodman

c. 1988 
Joan Elizabeth Goodman 
D Printing, 24 pages 



#100-61


#102-58


#105-84


#103-59

Walt Disney's
Mickey Mouse 
Those Were the Days
by Mary Carey
Illustrated by Mones

c. 1988
Western Publishing
A printing, 24 pages

 

Duck Tales
The Secret City 
Under the Sea 

by Paul Newman 
Illustrated by Bill Langley

c. 1988  
Walt Disney Company 
# 102-64 (1992), 
24 pages

 

Walt Disney's Classic
101 Dalmatians 
Adapted by Justine Korman 
Illustrated by
Bill Langley and Ron Dias

c. 1988 
The Walt Disney Company 
#105-84 (1992) 
24 pages

 

Walt Disney's
Mickey Mouse and
 
the Beanstalk
Adapted by Dina Anastasio
Illustrated by Sharon Ross

c. 1988
Western Publishing
B Printing, 24 pages

 

1989


#104-60


#304-50


#451-11

Coming Soon
Peter Pan
 Adapted by Eugene Bradley Coco
Illustrated by Ron Dias

c. 1989
Western Publishing
#104-68, 1991 printing, 24 pages


Oh, Little Rabbit
by Joan M. Lexau
Kathy Wilburn

1989
Western Publishing
A printing, 24 



Frosty 
the Snowman 
Retold by 
Annie North Bedford Illustrated
 by Terri Super

c. 1989 
Warner/Chappell Music 
A Printing 24 pages


#456-10


#GBL377 


#GBL370

I Can't Wait
Until Christmas   
by Linda Lee Mayfair 
Illustrated by Joe Ewers

c. 1989 
Children's Television Workshop 
A Printing, 24 pages


Tawny 
Scrawny Lion 
Saves the Day  
by Michael Teitelbaum 
Illustrated
by Art and Kim Ellis

c. 1989 
Western Publishing Company
B printing, 24 pages

Welcome to 
Little Golden
Book Land  
by Cindy West 
Illustrated by Mateu

c. 1989 
Western Publishing Company 
D Printing, 24 pages

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