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Books to Grow With: A Guide to Using the Best Children's Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges Paperback – July 15, 2004
From School Library Journal
Coon, an attorney who has volunteered in classrooms, has gathered together suggested fictional titles with fewer than 100 pages and organized them by issue (such as sharing, starting school, siblings, etc.) rather than by age group. Author, illustrator, title, and subject indexes are included as are lists of multicultural books and titles available in Spanish. However, for the latter, only the English title appears. Each entry includes the title, author, publisher, number of pages, type of illustration, a paragraph summary, a suggestion for use as a read-aloud or a beginning reader or both, and possible availability. Many titles are out of print, yet the author naively states that parents can find them in local public libraries or used bookstores either in town or online. The bibliotherapeutic belief that some well-chosen picture books can "help children cope with changes in their life" is admirable. However, this book will best be used by parents, teachers, or day-care providers who do not have regular access to John T. Gillespie's Best Books for Children (Libraries Unlimited, 2003), Carolyn W. and John A. Lima's A to Zoo (Greenwood, 2001), or other professional bibliographic tools.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Noting that her book is not a substitute for a trained bibliotherapist, Coon identifies books about issues that parents may want to discuss with their young children. Although lacking a formal background in children's literature, Coon has definitely done her homework, bringing together a solid selection of (mostly) picture books and middle-grade novels by a number of well-regarded children's book authors. There isn't much here to answer kids' many questions about physical development, but there is plenty about other important topics--from anger and bullying to moving and dealing with the death of a parent. Annotations are straightforward, if sometimes awkwardly drafted, and there is only brief mention of the artwork that is so vital to successful picture books. But it's the subject matter, after all, that matters most in the context of dealing with specific real-life issues, and Coon delivers a practical guide to finding resources that will help children develop life skills and, perhaps, feel more confident in a confusing, difficult world. Author, title, and some too-general audience guidelines head each book description. Stephanie Zvirin
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Top customer reviews
Coon has done her homework so parents don't have to - book listings are helpfully summarized and include key information to help find a suitable resource for a particular child. She offers practical tips for using literature to help children and includes several indexes to help you find resources quickly. This book is an invaluable reference that belongs on the shelf right next to Jim Trelease's read-aloud books or, if you use books as I do, stuffed in the tote bag, dog-eared, Post-it noted, and ready for the next trip to the library.
Where was this book when my children were young?
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