Children's and Young Adult Literature Handbook: A Research and Reference Guide

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Overview

John Gillespie, a respected authority on children's literature, has compiled this invaluable work to serve as a selection guide and collection development aid for librarians, as well as a navigation tool for researchers. The book describes and evaluates more than 1,000 publications, covering the entire spectrum of information sources in the field—from general reference, bibliographies, and biographies to review sources, literary awards, professional organizations, and special library collections. Internet and other nonprint media are included, as are major English-language resources from Britain, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This new book would be useful to any librarians who deal with children's and young adult literature. It can be used as a selection guide and a collection development aid. Well-written, concise annotations of 25-1,250 words included for every entry are especially useful."

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Collection Management

"This book is one of the essential tools needed to build a comprehensive collection. Recommended."

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Teacher Librarian

"This reference tool is an invaluable and highly useful evaluative guide for selection and collection development for school and public libraries and for any college and university library that serves students and educators in the children's and young adult literature field."

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VOYA

"This reference should meet the needs of librarians, teachers, and scholars. Although there is some overlap with Guides to Collection Development for Children and Young Adults, by Gillespie and Ralph Folcarelli, the last edition of that work appeared in 1998. Recommended. College and university libraries supporting upper-level undergraduates and above; public libraries."

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Choice

"John T. Gillespie, prolific reference specialist (Juniorplots, etc.) has hit the center of the bulls-eye with this fine guide to just about every bibliographical source that you could ever track down for juvenile literature. Ranging from retrospective through contemporary to the ubiquitous Internet, he has recorded all of the sources in the English language that a researcher could possible aspire to utilize….This is a book that should be in every public library, as well as every educational library and every library school."

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Technicalities

"[M]uch broader in scope and depth than the original work. The volume is comprehensive and well organized. The nine chapters cover general background sources and histories; retrospective bibliographies; current American reviewing tools, annual bibliographies, and children's magazines; curriculum-related bibliographies; multicultural sources; literary awards and prizes, including state and regional awards; guides to promoting literature and services for children and young adults; guides to biographies of authors and illustrators; professional organizations, agencies, publishers, and booksellers; guides to special collections and resources; and a bibliography of Internet and other nonprint sources. Name, title, and subject indexes are also included. Each chapter begins with a brief analysis of chapter content. All entries are annotated and numbered. As a tool for librarians and scholars, this volume should prove to be quite valuable."

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School Library Journal

"This book is a very useful resource, particularly for children's librarians, elementary education students, and library students…"

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Reference Reviews

"This handbook is truly broad in scope, bringing a more global approach to children's literature than its previous edition….Well-organized by topic, this book evaluates more than one thousand publications….The most important aspect of Gillespie's work is that it includes more than American materials, encompassing resources from other English-speaking countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. These additions add new viewpoints and perspectives, broadening the range of the handbook….This handbook, with its inclusion of international resources and updated and descriptive entries, is a useful selection guide and collection development tool for all librarians. In addition, this text can be used as a source for researchers and scholars."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

VOYA
This work updates Margaret Denman-West's Children's Literature: A Guide to Information Sources (Libraries Unlimited, 1998) and is, as Gillespie states, "much broader in scope and coverage than the original guide." More than one thousand annotated sources, international in scope, have been selected, evaluated, and organized into eleven chapters. The annotations, many of which are quite lengthy, serve to provide both descriptive and evaluative information. Included are general reference guides to the literature, important critical studies, and biographical guides to authors and illustrators. Bibliographies of books address specific grade levels, specific audiences such as gifted or reading-disabled or physically disabled readers, as well as specific literary genres and of subjects that tie in with the curriculum. There are also bibliographies of multicultural sources and of works that promote literature to young people. Book reviewing tools, guides to periodicals and children's magazines, lists of awards and prizes and professional organizations, and a very useful international list of special collections of children's books round out this resource. One can find recommended Web sites for children's and young adult literature, Internet sources, and listservs. The range of coverage is impressive, although one might have wished for the inclusion of a few more critical studies of individual authors and illustrators. This reference tool is an invaluable and highly useful evaluative guide for selection and collection development for school and public libraries and for any college and university library that serves students and educators in the children's and young adult literature field. 2005,Libraries Unlimited, 393p.; Index. Biblio., PLB $55.. Ages adult professional.
—Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
Gillespie's revision of Margaret W. Denman-West's Children's Literature: A Guide to Information Sources (Libraries Unlimited, 1998) is much broader in scope and depth than the original work. The volume is comprehensive and well organized. The nine chapters cover general background sources and histories; retrospective bibliographies; current American reviewing tools, annual bibliographies, and children's magazines; curriculum-related bibliographies; multicultural sources; literary awards and prizes, including state and regional awards; guides to promoting literature and services for children and young adults; guides to biographies of authors and illustrators; professional organizations, agencies, publishers, and booksellers; guides to special collections and resources; and a bibliography of Internet and other nonprint sources. Name, title, and subject indexes are also included. Each chapter begins with a brief analysis of chapter content. All entries are annotated and numbered. As a tool for librarians and scholars, this volume should prove to be quite valuable.-Janet Hilbun, Texas Woman's University, Denton Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

1 General background sources and histories 1
2 Retrospective bibliographies 77
3 Current American reviewing tools, annual bibliographies, and children's magazines 125
4 Bibliographies of curriculum-related subjects 137
5 Multicultural sources 155
6 Literary awards and prizes 175
7 Guides to writing, using, and promoting literature and services for children and young adults 217
8 Biographies of authors and illustrators 257
9 Professional organizations, agencies, publishers, and booksellers 279
10 Special collections and resources 295
11 The Internet and other nonprint resources 317
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