A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books / Edition 8

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $17.80
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 79%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $17.80   
  • New (6) from $54.65   
  • Used (3) from $17.80   

Overview

It's back and it's better than ever, chock full of everything a children's librarian needs for reader's advisory and collection building. A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, Eighth Edition is the latest version of the guide that has become the standard resource for up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children.

This must-have volume provides thorough subject access to children's picture books, covering some 12,000-15,000 titles. The eighth edition has been carefully revised, focusing on the period from 2000-2009, plus classic titles and popular earlier titles from well-known authors and illustrators, including award winners. With this new edition, librarians can easily find books to fit themed story times, programs, and curricular units; to help identify titles for gaps in the collection; and to create topical booklists. And, of course, this volume is perfect for helping parents, children, and teachers find books for specific needs. As with past editions, this volume consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The latest edition of this standard reference work has grown to 1800 pages listing nearly 23,000 titles. Once again, the material is divided into five sections: subject headings, subject guides, bibliographic guides, title indexes, and illustrator indexes. This arrangement enables the reader to locate books on a particular topic and to determine the subject of a specific book when only the author, illustrator, or title is known. The more than 1200 subject headings are augmented by subheadings and cross references, which is especially useful because this tool is as much for reader's advisory as it is for collection building. Full bibliographic information for each title included is provided in the bibliographic guide, although price and in-print status are not. This is not a problem, however, since reader's advisory use doesn't usually require pricing information, and there are now several electronic means of obtaining such information quickly and easily. As in previous editions, there is an excellent introductory essay titled "Genesis of the English-Language Picture Book," with as many suggested titles for further reading as might be found on a children's literature course syllabus. About the only drawback is the lack of annotations, but had these been added for each title included, the book would rival the Manhattan telephone directory in size. All in all, this remains an essential resource for just about any reference collection. Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Zom Zoms
This new edition echoes the aims and format of earlier versions. The purposes are to provide subject access to picture books (defined as "a fiction or nonfiction title with illustrations occupying as much or more space than the text and with text vocabulary or concepts suitable for preschool to grade two") and to find the topics of books whose title, author, or illustrator are known. A six-page essay (mostly repeated from the third edition) outlines the development of picture books; a bibliography of professional readings follows. Next is a list of the subject headings used, including cross-references. The "Subject Guide" lists picture books, by title and author, under 800 subject headings such as "Activities"; "Format, Unusual"; "Sport-fishing"; and "Poetry, Rhyme". Full citations (author, title, illustrator, publisher, date, ISBN) are given in the "Bibliographic Guide," plus subjec (s) under which the title is listed in the "Subject Guide." Author and illustrator indexes refer to listings in the "Bibliographic Guide. This source, which started as a categorization of San Diego Public Library's picture-book collection, has expanded to include more than 14,000 titles--2,000 more than the third edition. The compilers examined most of the books cited. Although out-of-print titles are included, some titles from the third edition have inexplicably been dropped Because of the arrangement of the book, in most cases users have to look in two places to ferret out information. However, since many catalogs provide inadequate subject access to picture books, "A to Zoo" can be helpful in identifying books for use in programs, displays, and bibliographies; there is slight potential use for collection development. Parents and teachers may also find subject access to picture books useful. This book is highly recommended for public and elementary school libraries and academic children's-literature collections, but in these tight times, libraries with the third edition may want to hold out until the fifth edition. In that edition, the Board encourages the compilers to tell users more about the selection process.
Booknews
New edition of a handy resource for all involved with children's picture books (except, directly, the children, of course)--librarians, authors, illustrators, parents, teachers, publishers. The first section is titles arranged by subject; the second is the bibliographic listing, by author, with subjects indicated for each entry. An introduction tells of the genesis of the English-language picture book. Indexed by title and illustrator. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

"This is an essential resource for every school and public library, every academic library that supports an education department, and every Curriculum Center library."

-

Collection Management

"The most current A to Zoo is the bible of any juvenile-reference collection. Used for both routine and bizarre subject requests, children's librarians everywhere use this resource to provide good customer service. Often catalog searches for unusual topics do not provide a viable list of books. So librarians run to the reference shelf and pull out A to Zoo. This reference tool is the only comprehensive resource available to search subjects for nonfiction and fiction picture books suitable for preschool to second grade….[a]n excellent tool for researching requests from short and tall readers as well as for collection development in subject selection for large picture book collections."

-

Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[T]his is a substantial bibliographic guide that will be very useful to librarians, teachers and interested parents."

-

Against the Grain

"Along with their siblings, Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers, Grades 6-9 (2004) and Best Books for High School Readers, Grades 9-12 (2004), these titles are essential resources for school and public libraries. (Reviewed with Best Books for Children, Preschool through Grade 6, 8th ed.)"

-

Booklist

"Now in its seventh edition, this standard reference work has long been a favorite tool that children's librarians use in order to answer many of the questions that they are asked."

-

Children's Literature Association Quarterly

"A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books (7th ed.) has been a godsend throughout its many editions because it is a detailed subject analysis of picture books. If you cannot find a picture book in this volume, it probably has not been written. Suitable for large picture book collections--larger than any mind can keep categorized--or at the district level where a special search can be done on occasion, this reliable friend continues to earn its keep on the shelf. Highly recommended."

-

Teacher Librarian

"In its seventh edition, this guide extends coverage to over 28,000 picture books intended for preschool children through second graders, and cataloged under more than 1,350 subject headings. The information is accessible under title, author, and illustrator, as well as subject. A complete list of subject headings with cross-references is provided at the front of the book. The introduction discusses the history and growth of English-language picture books. This well-known standard reference resource, written by two librarians formerly at the San Diego Public Library, offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Highly recommended. Public and elementary school libraries; academic libraries supporting teachers and classes in children's literature."

-

Choice

"A to Zoo, by Carolyn and John Lima, is a comprehensive guide to more than 28,000 children's picture books, cataloged under more than 1,350 subjects….The quality of these selection tools is quite high. Each could be recommended for Christian school libraries."

-

Christian Library Journal

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

CAROLYN W. LIMA is former Children's Librarian, San Diego Public Library, Branch Libraries Division, San Diego, California.

JOHN A. LIMA is former Supervising Librarian, San Diego Public Library, Branch Libraries Division.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Genesis of the English Language Picture Book

Subject Headings

Subject Guide

Bibliographic Guide

Title Index

Illustrator Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)