Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-1126-6
Published: 
2013
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
216
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, G

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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.

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
Families
School
Pets
Our Bodies
Our Health
Chapter 4: The Natural World around Us
Looking at Nature
Environments and Ecosystems
Plants
Animals
Fish
Amphibians and Reptiles
Birds
Mammals Other Than Humans
Insects and Spiders
Other Invertebrates
Extinct Animals
How the Earth Works
Stars and the Universe
Mathematics
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
Writers
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
Events
People
Chapter 9:  Our World Today
Around the World
People

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

Subject Index

Kathleen T. Isaacs

Longtime teacher and occasional librarian Kathleen T. Isaacs has worked with young people of all ages at schools and colleges in Maryland, Washington, D.C., British Hong Kong, and China as well as the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Primarily a middle-school humanities teacher, she also taught children’s and young adult literature at Towson University and geography to highly able elementary-school students for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Baltimore County Office of Gifted Education and on numerous ALA book award committees, including Newbery, Batchelder, and Best Books for Young Adults. She has chaired the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, the ALSC Sibert Award, and the USBBY Outstanding International Books Committees. She writes and reviews books for Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and other professional journals. She is an active participant in the Capitol Choices book discussion group. Her books include Picturing the World (ALA Editions) and Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books (Huron Street Press).

"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