Tomie was asked for an abridged bibliography of thirty books. He handed the task to me. These are the books I chose. It was harder than I expected.
2008 Brava, Strega Nona!
2006 Christmas Remembered
2004 Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner?
2002 Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story
2001 Meet the Barkers
1999 26 Fairmount Avenue
1997 Days of the Blackbird
1995 Country Angel Christmas
1994 I Love You, Sun; I Love You, Moon, by Karen Pandell
1992 Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
1989 The Art Lesson
1988 The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
1987 An Early American Christmas
1985 Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose
1984 Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Josepha Hale
1983 Tattie's River Journey, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
1983 The Legend of the Bluebonnet
1981 Now One Foot, Now the Other
1980 The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore
1979 Oliver Button Is a Sissy
1978 Pancakes for Breakfast
1978 The Popcorn Book
1978 The Clown of God
1978 Bill and Pete
1977 Helga's Dowry
1975 Strega Nona
1974 Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup
1973 Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
1973 Charlie Needs a Cloak
I presented the list to Tomie and he replaced I LOVE YOU, SUN; I LOVE YOU, MOON (1994) with THE HOLY TWINS, by Kathleen Norris (2001).
I would probably make different choices with explicit criteria.