January 11, 2011

Must-read guide to children's literature

A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature

An excellent reader's companion to children's and young adult books, with essays from children's authors, editors, teachers, and librarians. Some of the essays are funny, such as Trashing Elmo (parents attempt to keep crappy books away from their kids), and Unlucky Arithmetic (how to turn your child into a nonreader), while others are thoughtful and intelligent (see essays by Kevin Henkes, Kathleen T. Horning, and Virginia Hamilton). Author Naomi Shihab Nye has a lovely story about waking up with poetry. 

Compiled by editors Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano of Horn Book Magazine, "A Family of Readers" is a wonderfully enjoyable, must-read book.

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