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Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide Paperback – May 19, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0252069284 ISBN-10: 0252069285 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 3rd edition (May 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252069285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252069284
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,758,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the third edition of this excellent guidebook to children's books, author and educator Hearne collaborates with Stevenson of the Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books to update selections and commentary. Like the earlier editions (1981, 1990), this revision offers articulate, authoritative, and thought-provoking discussions of the books and the issues surrounding them, as well as solid bibliographies and advice on choosing books and introducing them to young people. Librarians will want to update their parenting collections with this friendly, reliable guide to the world of children's literature. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Excellent guidebook to children's books... Like the earlier editions (1981, 1990), this revision offers articulate, authoritative, and thought-provoking discussions of the books and the issues surrounding them, as well as solid bibliographies and advice on choosing books and introducing them to young people. Librarians will want to update their parenting collections with this friendly, reliable guide to the world of children's literature." - Booklist "A parent- and child-friendly introduction to the art of understanding and selecting children's books." -- The Horn Book "The ideal guide to the best that children's literature has to offer." -- Reader's Edge FROM REVIEWS OF THE SECOND EDITION "To the skeptical, Betsy Hearne's sunny assertion that 'with a little time and interest, anyone can be a first-class, four-star, triple-A children's book connoisseur' may seem moot. But few would deny that this expanded and updated edition of her common-sense guide to choosing books for children remains ... a reliable source of direction for parents perplexed by the publication of too many titles and worried that they don't know how to choose... With a copy of Ms. Hearne's splendid book up one's sleeve, becoming that triple-A connoisseur is no trick at all." - Michael Cart, New York Times Book Review "This compact, superbly reliable handbook is the best of its kind." - Booklist "This is a wonderful, wise book ... [Hearne's] is a passionate voice that calls for the child to read, and for the adult to become a part of that process... An invaluable guide." -- Library Materials Guide "The discussions and the selection of titles are marked by impeccable taste, steady sure wisdom, and years of reading and thinking about children's books. This book, with its graceful, witty prose, is sheer joy from beginning to end." -- Horn Book Magazine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on June 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"The best children's writers say things to a five-year-old," writes Betsy Hearne, "that a fifty-year-old can also respect."
And enjoy.
In this encouraging and extremely helpful book, Hearne defines good literature, advises on how to select books for children, and gives examples in every case. She discusses reading aloud, junk books and how to find books that will be enjoyed not once, but repeatedly.
"There is one route around age categories -- reading aloud," she writes. "It's emotionally satisfying and leads the way to books a child will love reading alone."
Even after that child begins to read alone, reading aloud is a wonderful excuse to share some time and a hug or two. When children are small, though, a "aah" in an infinite variety of inflections defines their entire world, there's no better treat than the snuggle up with a baby and a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Venable on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I encountered this year 2000 book in a children's literature discussion group in 2007. It is, as it says, mostly common sense accompanied, valuably, by suggestions of genres and titles. I was sorry it wasn't quite up to date anymore. I suspect what the book was doing through three editions is as well and more sustainably done on the Internet. The pitfall of course is that the web pitches mainly what's new whereas as children's literature, like any other, is something that accumulates great work over the centuries. Take Me With You When You Go
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great guide to selecting appropriate books for children. In addition, it is inspiring. Now I can't wait to read to and with my kids.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janis Krops on November 29, 2012
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has coffee spots and dirt on it. pitty but it is not hard to use a wipe before sending out the book. otherwise (according the shape in order to read it) everything was fine
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