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March 26, 2000

Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian for the children's literature department, Los Angeles Public Library:

Women's History Month--Exceptional women are showcased in these books for children.


Preschool: "Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble," by Phyllis Root, illustrated by David Parkins

A wily lady outfoxes a sly villain, thanking him for every bad trick he plays on her.


Kindergarten to first grade: "Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure," by Don Brown

A young woman lurches across America in 1909 in her Maxwell automobile, the first woman to drive cross-country.


Second to third grade: "The Ballad of the Pirate Queens," by Jane Yolan, illustrated by David Shannon

Pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Reade prove that they are more courageous than their male counterparts.


Fourth grade: "Brave Margaret," by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

A daring young woman challenges monsters and giants to free her beloved in this exciting Irish adventure.


Fifth grade: "Winning Ways," by Sue Macy

Photo history of women's athletic programs in the last 100 years.


Sixth to eighth grade: "Mara, Daughter of the Nile," by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

A slave girl in ancient Egypt finds romance and adventure when she poses as a spy.


Some of the books to be read on KCET's "Storytime," weekdays at 12:30 p.m.:

* "Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!" by David McPhail

A man is reading in bed when he discovers pigs in his room eating pizza. Themes: rhyme and fantasy.


* "Uncle Jed's Barbershop," by Margaree King Mitchell

A little girl tells the story of her Uncle Jed traveling from town to town, giving haircuts and desiring a barbershop of his own. Themes: family, self-esteem, feelings.


* "Don't Fidget a Feather," by Erica Silverman

Duck and Gander are friends but are always competing until one day when Duck must save Gander from Fox's stew. Theme: friendship.


Authors who will be visiting branches of the Los Angeles City Library this week:

* Monday: Ann Paul, author of "Hello Toes, Hello Feet" and "Seasons Sewn"; 10:30 a.m. at the Chinatown Branch Library, 536 W. College St.

* Tuesday: Tim Egan, author and illustrator of "Metropolitan Cow" and "Distant Feathers"; 6:30 p.m. at the Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave.

* Wednesday: Joanne Rocklin, who wrote "Strudel Stories" and "For Your Eyes Only"; 4 p.m. at the Venice Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd.

* Wednesday: Tim Egan; 4 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd.

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