From Publishers Weekly
Now in its third edition, revised and updated, The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children by Eden Ross Lipson cites the top 1,001 children's books of the 20th century. In her introduction, the children's book editor of the Times describes the Harry Potter phenomenon and its impact on adult and child readers as well as the blurring lines between books for young adults versus adults. The titles, divided by age range into six sections, progress from wordless books to "middle reading books" classics such as E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (as well as J.K. Rowling's British boy wizard), through young adult books such as S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and Walter Dean Myers's Scorpions. Plenty of white space allows room for artwork in the margins, such as a fabulous view of a certain lovable elephant riding down an elevator, from Jean de Brunhoff's The Story of Babar. (Crown/Three Rivers, $18 paper all ages ISBN 0-8129-3018-5; Nov.)
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This revised and updated guide to some of the best American children's books of the twentieth century retains many of the features that made the previous editions so successful. Written in the same warm, insightful language as her annotations, Lipson's new introduction notes the inclusion of more biographies, history, science, and books about diverse cultural experiences than the previous editions. Broadened to include emerging classics and favorites from the 1990s, the entries include award winners through 1999.
The multiple indexes are here again, grouping books by title, author, illustrator; age appropriateness; read-aloud potential and special interests--from the specific (cats) to the general (family life). The format, too, is similar to that of the previous volumes, with well-reproduced illustrations from selected titles and wide margins that leave room for recording children's reactions to the titles, etc. Finely written and organized, this is a resource no library (or parent) should be without. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved