Choosing Books for Children

A Commonsense GuideThird Edition

Author: Betsy Hearne with Deborah Stevenson
with Deborah Stevenson
An invaluable tool that will help any adult interested in choosing all kinds of books for all kinds of children
Paper – $24
Publication Date
Paperback: 05/01/2000
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About the Book

If you have ever stood in the children's section of a bookstore or library wondering how to go about matching a book to the age, abilities, and interests of a particular child, Choosing Children's Books is for you. Renowned children's librarian and children's book review editor Betsy Hearne offers practical guidance on sorting through the bewildering array of picture books, pop-up books, books for beginning readers, young adult titles, classics, poetry, folktales, and factual books. Each chapter includes an annotated list of recommended titles. A gold mine of commonsense, sound advice, this newly revised and completely updated edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide is an indispensable tool for choosing books for children of all ages. Newly available in paperback, this revised and updated third edition of Betsy Hearne's classic guide stands as the lodestar for navigating through the bewildering array of books for young readers. Hearne surveys everything from picture books, pop-up books, classics, and books for beginning readers to young adult titles, poetry, folktales, and factual books, with an annotated list of recommended titles accompanying each chapter. A gold mine of common sense and sound advice, her guide remains an indispensable tool for choosing books for children of all ages.

About the Author

Betsy Hearne, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author of Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale and several award-winning children's books. Deborah Stevenson is the associate editor for the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

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"The third edition of this excellent guidebook to children's books . . . offers articulate, authoritative, and thought-provoking discussions of the books and the issues surrounding them, as well as solid bibliographies and advice on choosing books and introducing them to young people. . . . [A] friendly, reliable guide to the world of children's literature."--Booklist

"The ideal guide to the best that children's literature has to offer."--The Reader's Edge

"This is a wonderful, wise book. . . . [Hearne's] is a passionate voice that calls for the child to read, and for the adult to become a part of that process. . . . An invaluable guide."--Library Materials Guide

"The discussions and the selection of titles are marked by impeccable taste, steady sure wisdom, and years of reading and thinking about children's books. This book, with its graceful, witty prose, is sheer joy from beginning to end."--The Horn Book Magazine