Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6 / Edition 7

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Librarians who need to know about the latest quality books for children will want to have the 7th edition of Best Books at their fingertips. This indispensable selection guide covering nearly 9,000 new titles provides expert recommendations on the most recently published books for young readers Preschool through Grade 6. John Gillespie, renowned authority in the children's literature field, has carefully culled the professional review sources that librarians trust to identify the most highly recommended new children's books. This 7th edition provides over 20,000 annotated and numbered entries, including books published and reviewed in 2001. Every title found on this evaluative list has been recommended by at least two major review sources. Brief annotations, including ISBNs, book length and price, grade level appropriateness, and the review sources help librarians and teachers find the right books for children's recreational and curriculum related reading needs. Information on award-winning books and books in series is also given in this comprehensive resource.

In addition to being an easy to use collection evaluation and title selection tool, Best Books can also be used as a reading guide, and as a resource for specialized bibliographies and reading lists. The organization of the work by subject areas facilitates these multiple uses. Fiction titles are organized both by age divisions and by broad genre and subject categories. Nonfiction works are arranged by standard curriculum areas, such as biographies, the arts, sciences, and history. Completing the book are three indexes organized by author/illustrator, book title, and subject/grade level.

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a reference that provides a list of books recommended to satisfy both a child's recreational reading needs and the demands of a typical school curriculum from preschool through sixth grade. The 18,707 titles do not include reference books and mass-market series. Entries include author or editor; title; suitable grade levels; adapter or translator; illustrator's name; series title for nonfiction books; publication date, publisher, ISBN, and price of hardbound edition; paperback publisher, price, and ISBN; and review citations. Contains a listing of major subjects arranged alphabetically as well as by author, illustrator, book title, and subject/grade level indexes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Major Subjects Arranged Alphabetically
Books for Younger Readers 3
Fiction for Older Readers 316
Fairy Tales 491
Folklore 499
Mythology 546
Poetry 551
Plays 576
Adventurers and Explorers 581
Artists, Composers, Entertainers, and Writers 588
Contemporary and Historical Americans 617
Scientists, Inventors, and Naturalists 651
Sports Figures 661
World Figures 682
The Arts and Language
Art and Architecture 695
Communication 701
Music 710
Performing Arts 718
History and Geography
History and Geography in General 725
Paleontology and Dinosaurs 728
Anthropology and Prehistoric Life 735
Archaeology 737
World History 739
Geographical Regions 759
Social Institutions and Issues
Business and Economics 867
Ecology and Environment 870
Government and Politics 874
Religion and Holidays 883
Social Groups 903
Personal Development
Behavior 909
Careers 917
Health and the Human Body 924
Sex Education and Reproduction 944
Physical and Applied Sciences
General Science 949
Astronomy 955
Biological Sciences 966
Chemistry 1052
Geology and Geography 1054
Mathematics 1069
Meteorology 1074
Physics 1082
Space Exploration 1091
Technology, Engineering, and Industry 1096
Crafts 1119
Hobbies 1133
Jokes, Puzzles, Riddles, Word Games 1141
Mysteries, Monsters, Curiosities, and Trivia 1145
Sports and Games 1150
Author/Illustrator Index 1169
Title Index 1401
Subject/Grade Level Index 1527
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