From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books

by Kathleen T Horning

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An invaluable resource for professionals who wish to write book evaluations—and for all serious fans of children's literature!

This revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children’s literature and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read.

A brief, updated introduction clearly explains how children’s books evolve from manuscripts into bound books and the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.) and changes in the children’s book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children’s books.

Included are sections about books of information (and the author’s responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, including a segment on children’s literature blogs.

Updated material includes:

•An introduction that reflects the many changes in the children’s book industry

•A section on genres, including a discussion of graphic novels

•A section on children’s literature blogs

•An introduction of two new major genre awards: the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

•And more than 90% of the books cited have been updated from the first edition to more recent publications!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060777579
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 229
Sales rank: 419,664
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathleen T. Horning is the director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also a children's librarian at Madison Public Library for nine years.

Ms. Horning was the president of the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association in 2007, as well as president of the United States Board on Books for Young People in 2003. She has chaired or served on a variety of children's book award committees, including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, the John Newbery, USBBY's Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, the ALA/ALSC's Notable Children's Books, and the NCTE Lee Bennett Hopkins Award committees, and she was selected to deliver the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

She is the coauthor with Ginny Moore Kruse of Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults and of CCBC Choices, an annual publication reviewing the best books for children and young adults. She has a BA in linguistics and a master's degree in library and information studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Distinctions Between Evaluation and Review 1

What Makes a Good Children's Book? 2

New to the Second Edition 2

1 A Critical Approach to Children's Books 5

How Children's Books Are Published 6

The Parts of a Book 11

Categories of Children's Books 20

2 Books Of Information 23

Authority and Responsibility of the Author 27

Organization 29

Illustrations 34

Design 37

Writing Style 39

Documentation of Sources 44

3 Traditional Literature 48

Classification of Traditional Literature 50

Original Sources 53

Narrative Style 57

Illustrations 61

Collections 64

Literary Folktales 65

Fractured Fairy Tales 66

4 Poetry, Verse, Rhymes, And Songs 68

The Sound of Poetry 69

The Images of Poetry 72

The Ideas of Poetry 73

Nursery Rhymes 74

Humorous Poetry and Light Verse 77

Poetry Collections 79

Verse Novels 82

Songs 83

5 Picture Books 85

Text 88

Pictures 95

6 Easy Readers and Transitional Books 114

Easy Readers 121

Transitional Books 132

7 Fiction 138

Literary Genres 140

Plot 145

Characterization 151

Point of View 156

Setting 157

Style 159

Theme 163

8 Writing a Review 165

The Distinction Between Reviewing and Literary Criticism 167

Preparing to Review 168

Writing the Review 173

Source Notes and Bibliography 181

Index 213

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