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Choosing Books for Children: A Common Sense Guide
     

Choosing Books for Children: A Common Sense Guide

by Betsy Hearne, Deborah Stevenson
 

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Newly available in paperback, this revised and updated third edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide stands as the lodestar for navigating through the bewildering array of books for young readers. Hearne surveys everything from picture books, pop-up books, classics, and books for beginning readers to young adult titles, poetry, folktales, and factual books, with an

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Newly available in paperback, this revised and updated third edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide stands as the lodestar for navigating through the bewildering array of books for young readers. Hearne surveys everything from picture books, pop-up books, classics, and books for beginning readers to young adult titles, poetry, folktales, and factual books, with an annotated list of recommended titles accompanying each chapter. A gold mine of common sense and sound advice, her guide remains an indispensable tool for choosing books for children of all ages.

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Library Materials Guide
This is a wonderful, wise book . . . [Hearne's] is a passionate voice that calls for the child to read, and for the adult to become a part of that process.
Horn Book Magazine
The discussions and the selection of titles are marked by impeccable taste, steady sure wisdom, and years of reading and thinking about children's books. This book, with its graceful, witty prose, is sheer joy from beginning to end.
Children's Literature
The author, Hearne, collaborated with Deborah Steveson, Associate Editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, to ensure that the newest children's books are included in this volume. There are books for every age group¾poetry, folklore classics, nonfiction and controversial books. The first chapter gives sound advise about how to select books for children of various ages and the types of books most appropriate for each group. At the end of each chapter is a list of recommended titles with a short summary of the content. A section of holiday books is included, but is too narrow¾it mainly covers the traditional American holidays. Our population is so diverse that this section should also include holidays such as Ramadan, Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year and Kwanzaa. Some of the titles by prominent children's authors such as Judy Blume, Eve Bunting, Robert Comier, Paul Zindel and Maurice Sendak are included in the section of controversial children's books. Among the topics deemed controversial are the Holocaust, AIDS, the bombing of Hiroshima, slavery, child abuse and the drug culture. 2000, University of Illinois Press, . Ages Adult. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252069284
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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