Core Collection For Small Libraries

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Core Collection for Small Libraries includes both classic and contemporary titles, a basic collection suitable for a small library. Cutting across ethnic lines, the bibliography provides selections suitable for an audience concerned with solid moral and family values. It could be utilized by new schools wishing to expand or evaluate their present collection, by teachers striving to create a balanced approach to whole-language classrooms, by home school parents, by counselors in bibliotherapy, or simply as a guide to good reading. Recognizing that children develop at varying speed in various directions, this bibliography indicates very broad educational levels, leaving room within each category to meet individual interest and reading skills. Features included in each entry are title, author, publisher, awards won by the book, a brief annotation of the book, suggestions for applications of the book in a classroom setting, and a list of positive character values presented in the volume. Chapters cover picture books, traditional stories, fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and multicultural titles. An explanation of major awards given to children's works is included in an appendix. Includes subject, author and title indexes.

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Editorial Reviews

John Schimmer
...I appreciated the opportunity to preview the book. I found it to be an excellent resource for new and young schools that desire to lay a good foundation for their libraries...
Acquisitions and Technical Services Library Collections
DeLong and Scwedt have authored a work that is at once a handy library reference and an ideal present for parents of young children. The format of the book is excellent and very user-friendly: medium-sized type and standard entries of several lines with three entries per page result in a consistent and easily followed layout...This book is excellent for teachers, schools and universities supporting courses in education and children's literature; it is also a useful selection guide for parents who wish to choose literature that is appropriate in level and message for their children.
Australian Library Journal
I liked this book, a handy, library reference with a beautiful presentation-type cover making it also an ideal present for any parent of young children. The format of the book is excellent and very user-friendly...this book is excellent for teachers, schools and teacher-training institutions, as well as for parents...
National Literacy Trust
...useful for both educators and parents who are looking for suggestions of both classic and contemporary books for children and adolescents...the straightforward layout makes this a very accessible book.
...a balanced and useful selection of books...libraries should look at this bibliography as a starting point for collection development...recommended for public, school, and university libraries that would like a useful children's literature bibliography.
The School Librarian
...sumptuously indexed. The intellectual effort in this book is significant.
Christian Library Journal
Especially recommended for its Applications and Values as listed in the subject index.
— Donna W. Bowling
...a balanced and useful selection of books...libraries should look at this bibliography as a starting point for collection development...recommended for public, school, and university libraries that would like a useful children's literature bibliography..
Library Journal
Choosing quality books and building libraries has long been a goal of parents and librarians. With this book, parents, teachers, library school students, and other interested audiences have a useful tool to achieve that goal. Core Collections for Small Libraries attempts to take the guesswork out of selection and package information in one resource. DeLong, a faculty member at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, and librarian Schwedt have annotated 494 books appropriate for children and young adults, arranged by genre. Each section offers an introductory overview of the particular genre. Titles are listed alphabetically by author and include illustrator, publisher, publication date, and suggested grade levels. The accompanying annotations describe subject applications and values, thereby encouraging teachers to incorporate literature into their curriculum. Appendixes include recommended authors and award winners, plus subject, author, and title indexes. Recommended for school and public libraries building a collection and for library schools.Ru Story-Huffman, Hagan Memorial Lib., Cumberland Coll., Willliamsburg, Ky.
A guide to selecting essential books for children and young adults, with annotations on some 400 classic and contemporary titles. Each entry includes title, author, publisher, awards won, and a brief description, plus subject applications for the classroom and values and character traits explored in the book. Entries are arranged by genres such as modern fantasy, multicultural stories, and poetry. Includes appendices of recommended authors and award winners. For librarians and teachers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810832527
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice A. DeLong is currently a member of the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Rachel E. Schwedt supervises the curriculum and audio visual libraries at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She holds a masters degree in library science, and has been a kindergarten teacher, an English teacher and a librarian in both public and private schools.

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