Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your by Elizabeth Bird

By Elizabeth Bird

Grasp the massive array of caliber kid's books from the previous and the current with this must-have source from kid's librarian Elizabeth chook. along with her robust ardour for kid's books and the occupation, chook may help you: construct and deal with your kid's assortment; strike a stability among award winners and classics; organize your area to top show off 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 gemstones" is ready coping with and taking good care of part of the library dedicated to childrens who love reliable books and is a needs to for each kid's librarian - new or skilled!

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I mentioned that I grew up reading Ewoks comics and similar fare—these were materials that were intended to be ephemeral. You read ’em, you toss ’em. End of story. Yet soon people started to ascribe a great deal of value to those comics that used to have seemingly little or no value. The artistic merits of a Superman or Batman comic book entered the conversation. But there are other kinds of comics as well. Artists began working in the comic and graphic novel field with purposefully high-quality products produced with a great deal of care and effort in terms of their story and the illustrations.

The number that will prove most interesting to community and library boards, however, is the number of library materials checked out in a given month. With that in mind, the temptation is to provide only materials that the public will read and watch voraciously. On the children’s level, this comes in direct conflict with our understanding of what constitutes great literature. The solution is to find a balance. How do you go about creating a children’s collection that provides quality literature but also listens to the needs and wants of its young patrons?

ABC by Matthew Porter—This one’s for the hipster parents. It’s an alphabet board book, sure, but with a design aesthetic perfect for people looking for something a little different. 41 three Finding Great Children’s Books I t’s not “your room” in the sense that you own any of the books there, but it’s difficult not to feel a certain sense of proprietary rights when you take on a library collection. It can feel like your home away from home, a place mysterious to outsiders, where you, the children’s librarian, are sometimes considered to be the sole individual with both the knowledge of the layout and the necessary insight into which of the books falling under your purview is going to be the best for each reader.

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