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Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children
Kathleen T. Isaacs
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1126-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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216 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1126-6
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H, Z

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Enrich your library collection with outstanding informational books that children really want to read. This annotated resource by veteran children’s book reviewer Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping librarians make informed collection development and purchasing decisions. With information on 250 books, this volume
  • Features an introductory chapter which takes a close look at what makes a successful informational picture book
  • Provides thoughtful descriptions for each title, including complete bibliographic information, age-level guidance, and notes on book awards won
  • Works as curriculum support as well as a tool for elementary RA, with easy-to-use topical organization and a separate subject index
Picturing the World is an invaluable aid to librarians and educators in their ongoing search for high quality informational children’s books.
Table of Contents

Author’s Note

Chapter 1: What Are Informational Picture Books?
What Is an Informational Book?
What Is a Picture Book?

Chapter 2: Choosing Good Informational Picture Books
Subject and Child Appeal
How the Story Is Told
How the Story Is Pictured
Accuracy, Sources, and Additional Tools
Awards and Best-of-the-Year Lists
The Books in This List

Chapter 3: Ourselves and Our World at Home and School
Our Bodies
Our Health

Chapter 4: The Natural World around Us
Looking at Nature
Environments and Ecosystems
Amphibians and Reptiles
Mammals Other Than Humans
Insects and Spiders
Other Invertebrates
Extinct Animals
How the Earth Works
Stars and the Universe

Chapter 5: The World We Make
Food and Farming
Construction, Equipment, and Things That Go
Inventors and Inventions
Flight and Space Travel

Chapter 6: The Things We Do
Art and Artists
Music and Musicians
Theater and Performers: Actors, Dancers, and Entertainers
Sports and Athletes

Chapter 7: The World of Faith and Festivals

Chapter 8: Our World in History
Places through Time

Chapter 9:  Our World Today
Around the World

Appendix: A List of Awards and Best-of-the-Year Book Lists Mentioned in the Annotations
Title Index
Author and Illustrator Index
Subject Index

About the Author

Kathleen T. Isaacs spent many years as a teacher, with intermittent stints as a school and public librarian. She has taught in schools and universities in Baltimore, Washington, Hong Kong, and Xi’an, China, and has traveled extensively in many parts of the world. She has chaired selection committees for ALSC’s Sibert Award, ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books, and USBBY’s Outstanding International Book Committees, and twice served as a member of ALSC’s Newbery Award committee. Most recently, she has been teaching children’s literature in the education program at Towson University in Maryland. She regularly contributes articles and reviews to professional publications.


"Isaacs draws on her considerable experience as a teacher and librarian to produce this useful tool ... Considering the emphasis on nonfiction in the new Common Core Standards, elementary librarians wishing to flesh out their collections will find this a valuable resource."
--School Library Journal

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