Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6 / Edition 8

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"This indispensable selection guide brings together information on nearly 25,000 of the best fiction and nonfiction for children in grades K-6. Fully updated, including thousands of new entries published since the previous edition, it is an invaluable resource for making sure your children's collection is one your young patrons - and their parents and teachers - will enjoy." "As always in the Best Books series, the authors have carefully culled the most trusted professional review sources to identify the most highly recommended new books for children. Brief annotations, bibliographic data, grade level appropriateness, and review citations help you identify books of high quality, while the book's topical arrangement makes it easy to create theme- and genre-based reading lists. New features include indication of titles available in audio and, where available, lexiles." "This book is the newest edition of the acclaimed guide to the best recreational and educational reading for children grades K through six." Thousands of books are published each year for young readers, and through eight editions and several supplemental volumes, Best Books for Young Readers has been there to help librarians build collections to make their young patrons - and their parents and teachers - happy. Now the exhaustive reference, acclaimed by Booklist, Reviewers Bookwatch, Teacher Librarian, and librarians across the nation, returns in a fully updated new edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] reference catalog particularly for librarians featuring summaries of over 25,000 in-print titles suitable for children in grades K-6. Each entry lists the title, author, publication date, price, ISBN, page count, and a one-sentence summary. Review citations for the listed books draw upon six respected publications: Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Horn Book, Horn Book Guide, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal; these citations direct the librarian toward a more detailed discussion and evaluation of the title in question. An easy-to-use reference, sorted by book category and featuring a comprehensive index, ^IBest Books for Children Preschool Through Grade 6^R is a helpful and enthusiastically recommended tool for children's librarians everywhere." - Reviewer's Bookwatch

"Along with their siblings, Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers, Grades 6-9 (2004) and Best Books for High School Readers, Grades 9-12 (2004), these titles are essential resources for school and public libraries. (Reviewed with A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books. 7th ed.)" - Booklist

"[F]or the person who is creating data collections and trying to build topical strengths in more depth than just a few titles per topic, this collection can serve as a guide alongside a computerized selection database. Recommended." - Teacher Librarian

"This volume is ideal for use in larger collections….as a source to help libraries evaluate, update, or balance a current school or public library collection; develop bibliographies of recommended reading for children's recreational or student curriculum needs; or provide a topical research source for teachers, students, or public library customers." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[T]he most comprehensive of the selective children's book selection tools." - Christian Library Journal

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Meet the Author

CATHERINE BARR is author/coauthor of titles including Best Books for Middle and Junior High School Readers, Best Books for High School Readers, Popular Series Fiction K-6, Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers, and High-Low Handbook.

JOHN T. GILLESPIE, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science, Long Island University, New York, has authored numerous books in the area of library management, school libraries, and children's and young adult literature.

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