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Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career
Elizabeth Bird
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0995-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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128 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0995-9
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: A, C, G

Read sample chapters and the book's index and a Forbes article about the author now!

Master the huge array of quality children’s books from the past and the present with this must-have resource from children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird. With her strong passion for children’s books and the profession, Bird will help you
  • Build and manage your children’s collection
  • Strike a balance between award winners and classics
  • Arrange your space to best showcase and display books
  • Review the basics of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking
  • Add the 100 children’s books that belong in every library
Children’s Literature Gems is about managing and caring for a part of the library devoted to children who love good books and is a must for every children’s librarian—new or experienced!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
History; or, Why We Willingly Remain under Ranganathan’s Thumb
100 Children’s Books That Belong in Every Library (Snarky Annotations Included)

Chapter 2
Standards and Quality in Literature
Great Baby Book Recommendations

Chapter 3
Finding Great Children’s Books
Overlooked Gems in Novels and Picture Books

Chapter 4 Using Your Materials and Learning from Them
Great Read-Aloud Picture Books

Chapter 5
Your Own Time
My Favorite Middle-Grade Titles to Booktalk

Notable Children’s Literary Awards
Books with Great Recommended Lists of Children’s Titles

About the Author

Elizabeth Bird is a Senior Children’s Librarian with New York Public Library’s Children’s Center at 42nd Street. She runs the children’s literary blog A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal website, which was shortlisted for Book Blogger Appreciation Week in the Best Kidlit Blog category. Bird has written articles for Horn Book Magazine and currently reviews for Kirkus. In 2004 she earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

”In this little jewel of a book, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Bird—the well-known proprietor of the popular bog, A Fuse #8 Production—examines the current relationship between public library services to youth and children’s literature … Although Bird recommends this terrific resource for ‘up-and-coming members of the field,’ it should also be required reading for any veteran in search of a career tune-up.”
— NoveList School News

”The book is part memoir and part professional text … Both her annotations and text are breezy, insightful, and enjoyable.”
— ARBA Online

"This book is for the serious children’s librarian, one for whom ‘professional development’ is a motto, and who wants to make the most of both the collection and the library in which it is housed."
--The Australian Library Journal

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