Reference Books for Children

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Over 1,000 titles are included in this thoroughly revised and updated 4th edition of Reference Books for Children (1981). Intended as a buying guide for both public and school libraries, the new volume provides complete bibliographic data, prices, and descriptions for a wide range of materials in order to aid individual librarians in making selections based upon the needs of their particular library. The scope of materials included is deliberately broad, encompassing the needs of both school and public libraries ...
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Overview

Over 1,000 titles are included in this thoroughly revised and updated 4th edition of Reference Books for Children (1981). Intended as a buying guide for both public and school libraries, the new volume provides complete bibliographic data, prices, and descriptions for a wide range of materials in order to aid individual librarians in making selections based upon the needs of their particular library. The scope of materials included is deliberately broad, encompassing the needs of both school and public libraries and covering the wide span of interests, curriculum needs, and levels of difficulty through middle school. Materials are arranged by broad fields of knowledge.
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Editorial Reviews

Public Library Quarterly
No other guide to children's reference books covers as many fields in such detail as this essential librarian's resource tool.
Wilson Library Bulletin
...excels at identifying and briefly describing the scope, organization, and features of hundreds of reference works...
Library Association Record
...recommended to library school students and trainee teachers. Children depend on their elders knowing a good deal—this volume lets you know it all for a modest sum.
Booklist
...a useful checklist...
Public LibrarY Quarterly
No other guide to children's reference books covers as many fields in such detail as this essential librarian's resource tool..
Zom Zoms
This annotated bibliography lists more than 1,000 titles that can be used for or with young people, grades K-12. Last published in 1981, it is intended to be used as a buying guide by librarians who work with young people General reference books are listed (e.g., evaluation sources, encyclopedias, and the like), and then subject-specific tools under more than 50 specific topics. Bibliographic citations include price and ISBN and are followed by one- to three-sentence content summaries. These annotations do not note the differences between editions of a book; an older edition of a reference book may suffice in some libraries. In the introduction, the authors give detailed criteria for reference-book selection. Author-title and subject indexes aid access This bibliography is current only as of June_ 1990. This means that many superseded editions are listed and that the many good reference books published in 1991 are missing. Some annotations are also unreliable. Those for general encyclopedias, for instance, do not reflect the current state of these sets This bibliography is a useful checklist for selection, both for public and school libraries, but librarians will need to use it with reviews from professional journals to find books published after the middle of 1990.
Booknews
**** New edition of a bibliography recommended by Sheehy (in earlier editions). Contains some 1,000 titles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810825437
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Sue Peterson, Head, Children's Dept. Orlando, FL Public Library, Orange County Library System, has published several professional books, including, with Brenny Hall, Story Programs: A Source Book of Materials (Scarecrow, 1980). She received ALA's 1984 Grolier Award for her contributions in encouraging children to read. Ann D. Fenton, Head, South Orange Branch Library, Orange County Library System, has co-authored several professional books and coordinated the film "What's So Great About Books?" The authors run Moonlight Press, specializing in story program materials.
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