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Books by Joe Celko
Joe Celko's Instant SQL Programming

Instant SQL Programming
Probably not one of Celko's finest works. Not a beginner book, either
Joe Celko's Data and Databases

SQL For Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
New edition of the classic book of magic spells for SQL programming.
Joe Celko's SQL Puzzles and Answers

SQL Puzzles and Answers
Hands-on approach to beating your SQL task into shape.
Joe Celko's Data and Databases
Data and Databases: Concepts in Practice
Not exactly a primer, but this book contains a good deal of material to cure you of the "spreadsheet mentality" when designing and mending databases.
Database Design
Data Modeling Essentials Data Modeling Essentials: Analysis, Design and Innovation (2nd Edition)
by Graeme Simsion, revised and updated by Graham Witt and Graeme Simsion
THE book for learning from the ground up about data analysis, relationships, normalization and creative ways to solve tough problems just got better! Read this book before you read any other - everything else is just a follow-up. The new (2001) edition adds new sections on UML and an object-oriented approach, capturing patterns and a whole new chapter on modeling for data warehousing. A walk-through example for presenting a large data model has been added to the Appendix.

Mere Mortals

Database Design for Mere Mortals
by Michael J. Hernandez
Very basic-level stuff, well-handled. Useful if you are a complete newcomer to RDBMS.
Mere Mortals

Database Design for Smarties
by Robert J. Muller
Very sound UML approach to designing databases. Not specific to relational databases.
SQL Reference

SQL Queries for Mere Mortals
by Michael J. Hernandez, John Viescas
How to think about and create SQL queries to answer real-world questions. This book is full of examples of how to take questions and turn them into SQL queries, with explanations of why and when to use the various SQL capabilities. Foreword by Joe Celko.
SQL Complete Reference

SQL: The Complete Reference
by James Groff and Paul Heinberg
Clearly Explained

SQL Clearly Explained
by Jan Harrington
Beginner-to-intermediate level, thin on discussion of relational concepts but otherwise considered a good starter book. Same author has written Relational Database Design Clearly Explained.
Essence of SQL

The Essence of SQL
by David Rozenshtein and Tom Bondur
Very concise, very much a beginner book.

The Practical SQL Handbook
by Judith S. Bowman et al.
How-to and desktop reference for standard SQL, well-reviewed.
Guide to SQL Standard

A guide to the SQL Standard
by Hugh Darwen and Chris Date
Understanding the New SQL

Understanding the New SQL: a Complete Guide
by Jim Melton and Alan Simon
Covers SQL-89 and SQL-92, comprehensive, good lookup reference.
Mastering SQL

Mastering SQL
by Martin Gruber
Updated and expanded new version of the author's 'Understanding SQL' which makes standard SQL reachable, even for the beginner, and helps solid skills to develop quickly.
Understanding SQL

SQL for Dummies
by Allen G. Taylor
As expected, no great depths are sounded here but it uses Borland C++ and Delphi for client examples. Good if you don't want to face the big challenges for a while.
Teach Yourself
Teach Yourself in 24 Hours

Teach Yourself SQL in 24 Hours
by Ronald Plew
Weekend pressure-cooker. Gets approval for being a straightforward introduction.
Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes

Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes
by Ben Forta
Speed-reading skills essential <g>. Good reviews for being direct and a quick way to get to grips with queries.