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.
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)
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 collectionslarger than any mind can keep categorizedor 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
"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
"[T]his is a substantial bibliographic guide that will be very useful to librarians, teachers and interested parents." - Against the Grain