Cherri Jones is head of the Curriculum Resource Center at Meyer Library and a professor of library science at Missouri State University. Her research, publications, and presentations focus on multiethnic children's and young adult literature, early childhood literacy and storytelling. She founded and directs the Children's and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri. She served as president of the board of trustees of the Springfield–Greene County Public Library District and cofounded the Club de Cuentos Early Literacy program in Springfield, Missouri.
- Table of Contents
- About the Authors
- Match selections to curricular areas such as health, language arts, performing arts, physical education, science and math, social studies, U.S. history, and visual arts
- Provide detailed annotations complete with summaries, evaluations and suggested age levels, perfect for quickly choosing a title for a book talk
- Include quick reference citations noting the specific group or cultural connection which is addressed, making it easy to find just the right title
- Offer a list of organizations, resources for educational standards, and helpful websites for additional research
"The individual reviews include comments on the authority of the author for the subject. The diligence of Jones and Petty in vetting this authority increases the value of the recommendations in this reviewer's opinion … of particular value to the librarian and teacher, is coding that ties the material to particular curriculum standards. Identifying the standard that the work can supplement is an excellent way to justify funding for collection development or to guide in collection development where funds are in short supply. National standards for particular subjects are used in this assignment process. An appendix provides further information about the standards used."
— Catholic Library World
"This is an excellent resource for any educator or school librarian who wants to incorporate more books into the curriculum. Even though the book focuses on middle grades, some books are appropriate for elementary and high school. For a librarian, this book could be used as a collection development tool, a starting point for collaboration, and a list for professional enrichment. This well conceived and timely book should be an essential purchase for librarians and educators who wish to enhance their curriculum."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly