By Elizabeth Bird
Grasp the large array of caliber kid's books from the prior and the current with this must-have source from kid's librarian Elizabeth chicken. along with her robust ardour for kid's books and the occupation, chicken can help you: construct and deal with your kid's assortment; strike a stability among award winners and classics; manage your area to top show off and demonstrate books; assessment the fundamentals of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking; and, upload the a hundred kid's books that belong in each library. "Children's Literature gemstones" is set handling and taking good care of part of the library dedicated to young children who love solid books and is a needs to for each kid's librarian - new or skilled!
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Rest assured that there are professionals who have already done the hard work for you. The only thing to determine is which ones you trust the most. You can find classics in public library branches throughout the country. Becker’s definition serves our purposes well: “A ‘child’s book’ was one meant to be read by children and offered to them for that purpose, while a ‘children’s classic’ was a child’s book that had been repeatedly re-read, and was likely to continue to be re-read, not only by the same child but by successive generations of children” (1936, 120).
In cases such as these, a reprinted title can be a librarian’s best friend. Always keep an eye out for classics that have been recently reprinted in paperback editions or with entirely new illustrators. Children who already love the picture books of Lauren Child will be that much more inclined to pick up her reillustrated edition of Pippi Longstocking, just so long as you know to tell them about it. The Dreaded Reading List There are times when a child or parent walks into your library with a suggested reading list from school, and the child has to pick three or four titles from the recommended books.
Since I read and evaluate lots of children’s literature myself, I feel very comfortable going with my gut instinct about what is quality and what is not, but at the same time I’m always interested in what other people think is quality, so I consult review journals, award lists, and other professional opinions offered on blogs and electronic mailing lists. I do prefer to purchase these items, but not exclusively. —for those books that have quality and popularity. Jonathan Hunt, elementary school librarian, Modesto City Schools district, California works of children’s literature.
Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career (ALA Editions) by Elizabeth Bird