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Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry
Mary Northrup
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1144-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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200 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1144-0
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H, Z

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Providing descriptive annotations of the best children's picture books published in the last decade, this comprehensive overview is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children’s programming. With selections based on proven appeal and quality, Northrup’s survey features
  • An introductory essay on the nature of the picture book, and an explanation of the evaluation criteria
  • Bibliographic information on each picture book, including author, illustrator, publisher, date, and age recommendation
  • A thorough index for quick reference and an appendix of additional suggested resources
Packed with ardent and insightful recommendations, this book makes it a snap to select and use just the right picture books.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1    The Picture Book: Where Words and Art Come Together
Chapter 2    My Family and Myself
Chapter 3    In My Community
Chapter 4    Out in the World
Chapter 5    The World of Imagination
Chapter 6    Folktales and Fairy Tales

Suggested Resources
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
List of Figures

About the Author

Mary Northrup is the reference librarian at Metropolitan Community College– Maple Woods, Kansas City, Missouri. She has written for children, teachers, librarians, and writers. Her publication credits include several chapters in Writing and Publishing: The Librarians’ Handbook (American Library Association, 2010) and the books Short on Time, Long on Learning (Linworth, 2000) and American Computer Pioneers (Enslow, 1998). She has written for Writer’s Institute Publications, including four editions of Writer’s Guide to Current Children’s Books, and is a frequent contributor to its annual Children’s Writer Guide. She reviews for LMC: Library Media Connection and EMRO: Educational Media Reviews Online. Her articles have appeared in Book Links, Children’s Writer, and other publications. Northrup earned her master’s degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her undergraduate degree is in elementary education. She serves on the board of the Missouri Center for the Book.

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