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Children's Books: A Practical Guide to Selection
Phyllis J. Van Orden and Sunny Strong
Item Number: 978-1-55570-584-8
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $67.00
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243 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-584-8
Year Published: 2007

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So many books. So little time. So many needs. So little budget. If this describes your situation, here's a new book to help you approach book selection confidently and strategically. If you are new to the library environment, in charge of training new librarians or paraprofessionals, or looking for new ideas in collection development, this resource is a must-have. Phyllis Van Orden, a past president of both the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and Sunny Strong share their advice for:

• Establishing general criteria and following guidelines
• Choosing diverse material
• Using selection tools effectively
• Special selection criteria for specific genres, including picture books, fiction, genre fiction, folk literature, rhymes, and poetry
• Special guidelines for selecting particular subjects

You'll learn how to:

• Ask the right questions
• Probe the intellectual content of the subject
• Examine the worth (quality, value, merit) of a book
• Verify the bottom line--is it worth the price?


"Good practical advice on the selection process in general, and on selecting within particular genres, formats, and subject areas."
--American Libraries

"Recommended as a supplementary text in children's literature or youth services courses and for professional collections."

"This is a wonderful book and a required purchase for all interested in selecting books for children."
--Australian Library Journal

"A comprehensive tool ... should find a spot in the professional collections of libraries, both school and public."

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