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From the Publisher"This reference work contains approximately 400 entries on notable American picture books, important picture book authors and illustrators, artistic terms and techniques, and relevant awards."
Children's Literature Association Quarterly
"[A]n invaluable reference to any who would collect or learn about these shorter books for kids, as well as picture books intended for young adults and older kids."
"[T]his Companion is a worthwhile addition to most school and public library collections."
Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"Some 400 alphabetical entries provide information on authors, artists, works, and general topics related to the creation, study, and use of American picture books for children. Selected titles were intended to give a good cross-section of critically acclaimed and popular books as well as works of historical and scholarly interest. They include fiction, poetry, biographies, and some concept works, such as alphabets. Author Kirk writes for an audience of readers, librarians, educators, scholars, editors, authors, and artists."
Art Book News Annual
"Kirk begins with an infomative introduction that covers the definition, history, and specific parts, and methods of evaluating picture books. the main body of the work consists of over 400 alphabetically arranged entries providing information on authors, illustrators, various awards, and definitions of terms as they relate to the picture book….There is a lot of good information here."
School Library Journal