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).
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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.
What Is an Informational Book?
Around the WorldPeople
Appendix: A List of Awards and Best-of-the-Year Book Lists Mentioned in the Annotations
Author and Illustrator Index
"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