By Elizabeth Bird
Grasp the massive array of caliber kid's books from the earlier and the current with this must-have source from kid's librarian Elizabeth fowl. together with her robust ardour for kid's books and the career, fowl may help you: construct and deal with your kid's assortment; strike a stability among award winners and classics; organize your area to top exhibit and show books; evaluation the fundamentals of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking; and, upload the a hundred kid's books that belong in each library. "Children's Literature gem stones" is ready handling and taking care of part of the library dedicated to little ones who love strong books and is a needs to for each kid's librarian - new or skilled!
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Even if he wasn’t catnip to reluctant readers, there’s always room on the shelf for potty humor when it’s done with such panache. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco—The story of two friends during the Civil War. You could also put it in the picture book section of your library, but really it deserves a space of its own. When people ask me for a good, easy book for teens or adults who are learning to read, this is the book I go to. Seasons by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Erik Blegvad— Poems about the seasons.
The Association of Jewish Libraries gives out the Sydney Taylor Book Award annually. There are new awards to look at for great books too. In 1996 the National Book Award added a “Young People’s Literature” category. And as children’s literary blogs slowly become increasingly reliable ways of learning about the newest titles, there are now awards like the Cybils, which are narrowed down and judged solely by panels of children’s literary bloggers. These awards are sometimes so new that they are not yet well known enough to count for much in the eyes of classically trained librarians.
Best of all, it gives you the tools you need to infuse the children around you with a passion and a drive for reading, no matter what the subject area. It’s up to you to take the initiative and learn as much as you can about your collection. Remember that though the size, scope, and content of a public children’s library change from place to place, knowing your own collection inside and outside benefits both you and the public. Finding the New You can’t read every new book. You can try, but there are only so many hours in the day.