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Swannell, Mildred. Paper Silhouettes. Bridgman, 1928.


Aesop (Sampson, Florence illus.). Famous Fables from Aesop. Unknown, 1933.

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (Mayer, Fred A. illus.). Sonnets from the Portuguese. Unknown, 1937.


Bennett, Jean Frances. A Shady Hobby. The Bruce Pub., 1944.

Me?groz, R.L. Profile Art Through the Ages: A Study of the Use and Significance of Profile and Silhouette From the Stone Age to Puppet Films. The Art Trade Press, 1948.


Quimby, Nellie Earles. Beauty in Black and White. The Dutz Press, 1953.

Grabowski, Jozef. Wycinanka Ludowa. Unknown, 1955.


Johnston, Mary Grace. Paper Sculpture. Davis, 1964.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo. Unknown, 1968.


Grossbard, Yehoshua. Paper-Cuts: Traditional Motives. Unknown, 1970.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Do You Want to Be My Friend?. Unknown, 1971.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Rooster's Off to see the World. Unknown, 1972.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Secret Birthday Message. Unknown, 1972.

Gacek, Anna Zajac. Wycinanki: Polish Folk Paper-Cuts. Sarmatia Publications, 1972.

Rubi, Christian. Cut Paper Silhouettes and Stencils: An Instruction Book. Kay & Ward, 1972.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Have You Seen My Cat?. Unknown, 1973.

Roch-Smodlibowska, Anna (Bogusz, Stanislawa illus.). The Farmer's Year. Unknown, 1973.

Temko, Florence. Paper Cutting. Doubleday, 1973.

Stoddart, Brigitte. Papercutting. Taplinger Pub. Co., Inc., 1973.

Gacek, Anna Zajac. Polish Paper Cutting for Young and Old: Wycinanki. Unknown, 1975.

Jablonski, Ramona. The Paper Cut-Out Design Book: A Sourcebook for Creating and Adapting the Heritage of American Folk Art, Polish Wycinanki, Chine. Stemmer House, 1976.

Silvey, Linda, and Loretta Taylor. Paper and Scissors Polygons. Creative Publications, 1976.

Weatherbee, Holden. The Wonder Ring: A Fantasy in Silhouette. Unknown, 1978.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Unknown, 1979.

Grafton, Carol Belanger. Silhouettes: A Pictorial Archive of Varied Illustrations. Dover Publications, 1979.

Hopf, Claudia. Scherenschnitte: Traditional papercutting. Applied Arts Publishers, 1979.


Hauswirth, Johann-Jakob. Papercuts by Johann-Jakob Hauswirth and Louis -David Saugy. Unknown, 1980.

Hayden, Ruth. Delany: Her Life and Her Flowers. Unknown, 1980.

Holz, Loretta (Mikolaycak, Charles illus.). The Christmas Spider: A Puppet Play from Poland. Unknown, 1980.

Frankel, Giza. The Art of the Jewish Paper-Cut. Unknown, 1982.

Grossbard, Yehoshua. Decorative [Illustration] and Traditional Motives. Unknown, 1983.

Lionni, Leo. Cornelius. Knopf, 1983.

Drwal, Frances. Polish Wycinanki. Unknown, 1984.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Very Busy Spider. Unknown, 1984.

Pienkowski, Jan. Christmas. Puffin, 1984.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Mixed-Up Chameleon. Unknown, 1984.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Unknown, 1986.

Appelmann, Karl-Heinz. Pusteblumen. Unknown, 1986.

Blachowski, Aleksander. Polska Wycinanka Ludowa. Unknown, 1986.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). A House Hermit Crab. Unknown, 1987.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Tiny Seed. Unknown, 1987.

Grafton, Carol Belanger. Authentic Chinese Cut-Paper Designs. Dover Publications, 1988.

Temko, Florence. Paper Tricks. Scholastic Trade, 1988.

Temko, Florence. Paper Tricks II. Scholastic Trade, 1988.

Reed, Brenda Lee. Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes. Dover Publications, 1989.

Lionni, Leo. Tillie and the Wall. Knopf, 1989.

Christensen, J.A.. Cut-Art: An Introduction to Chung-hua and Kiri-e. Watson-Guptill Publications, 1989.


Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Very Quiet Cricket. Unknown, 1990.

Wisniewski, David. Elfwyn's Saga. Unknown, 1990.

Martin, Bill. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Did You Hear?. Henry Holt, 1991.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons and Other Creatures That Never Were. Unknown, 1991.

Scicinska, Jola (Scicinska, Jola illus.). Postcards from Poland and Other Correspondences. Working Press, 1991.

Lionni, Leo. A Busy Year. Knopf, 1992.

Martin, Bill (Carle, Eric illus.). Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Did You See?. Henry Holt, 1992.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Draw Me a Star. Unknown, 1992.

Dodds, Dayle Ann (Laroche, Giles illus.). The Color Box. Unknown, 1992.

Rosen, Michael (Clementson, John illus.). How Giraffe Got Such a Long Neck......and Why Rhino is so Grumpy. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Today is Monday. Unknown, 1993.

Tiller, Ruth (Sogabe, Aki illus.). Cinnamon, Mint, & Mothballs: A Visit to Grandmother's House. Browndeer Press, 1993.

Rich, Chris. The Book of Paper Cutting: A Complete Guide to All the Techniques - with More than 100 Project Ideas. Sterling, 1993.

Mullins, Patricia. V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals. Harper Collins, 1993.

Kreisel, Martha. Papercutting: An International Bibliography & Selected Guide to U.S. Collections. Unknown, 1994.

Wisniewski, David. The Wave of the Sea-Wolf. Clarion Books, 1994.

Shadur, Joseph and Yehudit Shadur. Jewish Papercuts: A History and Guide. Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1994.

Schlapfer-Geiser, Suzanne. Scherenschnitte: Designs and Techniques for Traditional Papercutting. Lark Books, 1994.

Meyeerbroker, Helga. Rose Windows and How to Make Them. Floris Books, 1994.

Barthle, Leona Wojcik. Wycinanki: Polish Papercuts. PIne Hille Press, 1994.

MacDonald, Suse. Sea Shapes. Gulliver Books, 1994.

Chang, Monica (Lee, Arthur illus.). Story of the Chinese Zodiac. Yuan-Liou,, 1994.

Goldenberg, Amy. Papercutting: Reviving a Jewish Folk Art. Jason Aronson, 1994.

Emberley, Rebecca. Three Cool Kids. Little Brown & Co, 1995.

Neret, Gilles. Henri Matisse: Cut-outs. Barnes and Noble Books, 1995.

Jenkins, Steve. Looking Down. Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Knudson, Kimberley. Bed Bouncers. MacMillan, 1995.

Namioka, Lensey (Sogabe, Aki illus.). The Loyal Cat. Harcourt, 1995.

Day, Nancy Raines (Grifalconi, Ann illus.). The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale. Scholastic, 1995.

Williams, Laura E (Bochak, Grayce illus.). The Long Silk Strand. Unknown, 1995.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Very Lonely Firefly. Unknown, 1995.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Little Cloud. Unknown, 1996.

Shuxian, Zhang. The Art of Chinese Folk Papercuts. China Today Press, 1996.

Day, Noreha Yussof (Teckentrup, Britta illus.). Kancil and the Crocodiles: A Tale from Malaysia. Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Wisniewski, David. Golem. Unknown, 1996.

Roth, Susan L. Brave Martha and the Dragon. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Siomades, Lorianne. A Place to Bloom. Boyds Mill, 1997.

Collard III, Sneed (Steve Jenkins illus.). Animals Dads. Unknown, 1997.

Mieder, Wolfgang (Sears, Elaine illus.). As Strong as a Moose. Unknown, 1997.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Grouchy Ladybug. Unknown, 1997.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). From Head to Toe. Unknown, 1997.

Aardema, Verna (Lisa Desimini illus.). Anansi Does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale. Atheneum Books, 1997.

Hahn, Angelika. The Craft of Paper Cutting. Search Press, 1997.

Keilstrup, Margaret. Lacy Cut-Paper Designs. Dover Publications, 1997.

Trenchard, Kathleen ( illus.). Mexican Papercutting: Simple Techniques for Creating Colorful Cut-Paper Projects. Lark Books, 1997.

Walton, Stewart, and Sally Walton. Paper Cutting. Lorenz Books, 1997.

Mitchell, Marion W (Winkler-Mitchell, Polly illus.). The Story of Noah's Wonderful Ark. Unknown, 1998.

Van Laan, Nancy (Conteh-Morgan, Jane illus.). Little Fish, Lost. Athenuem Books for Young Readers, 1998.

Eastus, Madalyn. Woof. Unknown, 1998.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Hello, Red Fox. Unknown, 1998.

Knudson, Kimberley. Beach Babble. Marshall Cavendish, 1998.

Frasier, Debra. Out of the Ocean. Harcourt Children's Books, 1998.

Golab, Marta. Wycinanki. Unknown, 1998.

Roth, Susan L. Cinnamon's Day Out: A Gerbil Adventure. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998.

Reinger, Lotte. Die Hochzest des Figaro. Unknown, 1999.

Halkowski, Henryk. Stories of Rabbi Nachman from Braclaw. Unknown, 1999.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. Unknown, 1999.

Lomas Garza, Carmen. Making Magic Windows: Creating Papel Picado/Cut-Paper Art with Carmen Lomas Garza. Children's Book Press, 1999.

Siomades, Lorianne. Kangaroo and Cricket. Boyds Mill, 1999.

Guyton, William Lehman. A Basic Guide to Identifying and Evaluating American Silhouettes. Unknown, 1999.

Swan-Sheeran, Molly. Design Your Own Paper Cut Celtic Knots: Molly's Magic Method. Celtic Swan Pub, 1999.

Garza, Carmen Lomas. Magic Windows/Ventanas Magicas. Unknown, 1999.

Ximelis, Antonio Salas (Pommier, Maurice illus.). La Historia De Noe. Unknown, 1999.

James, J. Alison (Tsukushi illus.). The Drums of Noto. DK Publishing, 1999.


Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Apples, Apples, Apples. Winslow, 2000.

Bainer, Bob. Fish Wish. Holiday House, 2000.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Paperwhite. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Flocken, Kathryn K.. Silhouettes: Rediscovering the Lost Art. Press, 2000.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?. Unknown, 2000.

Golab, Marta. Mizrah Papercuts. Unknown, 2000.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Dream Snow. Unknown, 2000.

Kajikawa, Kimiko (Heo, Yami illus.). Yoshi's Feast. DK Publishing, 2000.

Hall, Zoe. Fall Leaves Fall!. Scholastic Press, 2000.

Fiarotta, Phyllis and Noel Fiarotta. Papercrafts Around the World. Sterling, 2000.

Carle, Eric, and Kazuo Iwamura (Carle, Eric illus.). Where Are You Going? To See My Friend?. Orchard Books, 2001.

Roth, Susan L. Happy Birthday, Mr. Kong. Unknown, 2001.

Matisse, Henri. Jazz. Prestel, 2001.

Namioka, Lensey (Sogabe, Aki illus.). The Hungriest Boy in the World. Holiday House, 2001.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Count Down to Clean Up!. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Shepherd, Aaron. Master Man: A Tale of Nigeria. Harper Collins, 2001.

Halkowski, Henryk. Secrets of Jewish Cracow. Unknown, 2001.

Wisniwski, Andra. A Cottage Garden Alphabet. Unknown, 2002.

Chitwood, Suzanne Tanner (Chitwood, Suzanne Tanner illus.). Wake Up, Big Barn. Unknown, 2002.

Shadur, Joseph and Yehudit Shadur. Traditional Jewish Papercuts: An Inner World of Arf and Symbol. University Press of New England, 2002.

Kotowska, Katarzyna. Jez. Unknown, 2002.

Howell, Will C.. Zoo Flakes: ABC. Unknown, 2002.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!. Marshall Cavendish, 2003.

Lewis, J. Patrick (Desimini, Lisa illus.). The Snowflake Sisters. Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2003.

Wendt, Albert (Oppliger, Ernst illus.). Der Vogelkopp (The Bird Hat?). Unknown, 2003.

Nowacka-Jannotta, Magdalena. Wycinanki: The Art of Polish Papercutting. CRIZMAC, Art & Cultural Educations Materials, 2003.

Carle, Eric (Carle, Eric illus.). Mister Seahorse. Unknown, 2004.

Pienkowski, Jan. The Fairy Tales. Unknown, 2005.

Gershator, Phillis (Meade, Holly illus.). Rata-Pata-Scata-Fata: A Caribbean Story. Star Bright Books, 2005.



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