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"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.)"
"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."
"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."
"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
Introduction: Genesis of the English Language Picture Book