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Elementary Literature Sources

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Adventuring with Books
Included here is an annotated booklist for pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Compiled by the National Council of Teachers of English, the selections here are divided 21 different categories, including nonfiction and special subject areas for teachers.

Art of Children's Picture Books: A Selective Reference Guide
Although a bit dated, this is still an excellent source for use in presenting the importance of art in children's books.

Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6
The primary aim of this work is to provide a list of books that are recommended to satisfy both a child's recreational reading needs and the demands of a typical school curriculum. The volume is indexed four ways: author, illustrator, book title, and subject/grade level.

Best Science and Technology Reference Books for Young People
This reference includes indexes, listings of reference books in physical, applied and natural sciences for readers from elementary school age to young adults.

Birthday Book
Birthdays, birthplaces, and biographical sources for American authors and illustrators of children's books are included in this reference book.

Black Authors & Illustrators of Children's Books: A Biographical Dictionary
This reference source includes biographies of blacks in literature and art. This is an excellent source for information on black authors and illustrators of children's literature with a total of 115 sketches included.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This is a highly regarded reviewing source which covers selected titles from the thousands of children's books published each year. In addition to complete bibliographic information, the critical annotations are supplemented by an indication of suitable age and/or grade level.

Children's Books. Awards and Prizes
This bibliographic listing of periodicals, books, awards and literary prizes in the field of children's literature provides a yearly annotated source through 1996.

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
This is the amateur writers dream source that includes information on where to sell your fiction, nonfiction, illustrations and photos for every age group, from toddlers to teens.

Creating Connections: Books, Kits, and Games for Children
This book includes sources and addresses for books, kits, games and etc. for use in teaching elementary social science.

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature
This book contains information on the evaluation and criticism of children's literature. Chapters are included on literature in general, genre, character, plot, theme, setting, point of view, style, tone, picture books, rhyme and poetry, and nonfiction as applied to children's literature.

Everyone's Guide to Children's Literature
This book is intended to be used as a reference source in children's literature. Topics covered include: reference works, journals and periodicals related to children's literature, organizations, children's literature on the Internet, special children's literature collections in libraries, major award and books about children's literature divided by subjects and/or genres. Good indexing.

Great Books for Girls
Included here is an annotated list of "More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women." The selections are divided into the subjects of Picture-Story Books, Folktales, Books for Beginning Readers, Books for Middle Readers, Books for Older Readers, and Resources for Parents.

Literature Based Science
This source lists children's books and activities to enrich the K-5 curriculum.

Literature for Science and Mathematics
Included here is an annotated bibliography of science and mathematics books from elementary to high school students. Also included are resources for teachers and suggestions for using literature selections in the classroom.

Masterplots II: Juvenile & Young Adult Biography Series
With articles on 521 titles, this four volume set addresses the study of literature for children aged 10 to 18. This set covers biographies and autobiographies of famous people from a broad time frame and range of subjects. The text of each article contains three subsections: form and content, analysis, and critical context. At the end of volume four a general bibliography provides annotated entries for works about children's literature, as well as information regarding sources for additional biographical titles.

Masterplots II: Juvenile & Young Adult Literature Series
This four volume set analyzes 480 novels. The text of each article is divided into three subsections: the story, which provides an overview of the action; themes and meanings, which focuses on the major issues and how they are expressed in the story; and finally context, which places the novel within the author's canon and considers its place in the broader canon of juvenile/young adult fiction as well. In addition to the standard title index and authors index, a subject index is also provided.

Missouri's Literary Heritage for Children and Youth
This is an annotated bibliography of more than 270 books about Missouri, set in the state or written by Missouri authors.

More Books Kids Will Sit Still For

Included here is an annotated list of children's books. Also there are many chapters based on making the most of children's literature which include tips on reading with expression, how to find good read-aloud books, and the importance of using children's literature at the library and/or media center at school.

More Teachers' Favorite Books for Kids
This 1994-1996 source for the teachers' choices in children's literature makes an excellent source for either librarians or teachers to use in the classroom.

Multicolored Mirror
This source includes bibliographic references and indexes to cultural substance in literature for children and young adults.

Multicultural Children's Literature
This is an annotated bibliography for grades K-8.

Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults

Included here is an annotated list of multicultural literature for use with adolescents from young children through teenagers. The entries are grouped into a number of subjects including fiction, concept books, picture books, poems, folklore, biography, history, the arts, and contemporary issues.

Native Americans in Children's Literature
Bibliographic references and indexes by subject, author, illustrator and title are included in this source. Often books about Native Americans are written with the best and noblest intentions, but are deeply flawed from a lack of real understanding about the native cultures they portray. This is a carefully researched source for teachers, educators, or others who work with young people.

Once Upon a Heroine
Included here is a list of 450 books, complete with reviews, for girls from early childhood to young adults.

One Hundred Years of Children's Books in America
Included here is a chronological annotated bibliography of a small selection of famous children's books from the late 19th century until 1995.

Sequels in Children's Literature: an annotated bibliography in succession or with shared themes and characters, K-6
The titles selected range from preschool through sixth grade. The book is arranged by author along with brief annotation (includes grade range of interest). There is also a title index. Excellent reference source for both teachers and librarians.

Something About the Author
This is an ongoing reference series containing biographical facts and pictures about contemporary authors and illustrators of books for young people. Each volume contains a cumulative index of both authors and illustrators that are included in all previous volumes. This series is often the only readily available source on emerging authors and illustrators.

Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature
Published with funding from the National Science Foundation this source includes bibliographic references and an index.

Twentieth Century Children's Writers
A vast array of children's writers a listed here alphabetically. Each entry contains a short biographical sketch accompanied by a bibliography for each author.

What's So Funny
This is a collection of the history and criticism of humorous stories and poems written for children. It includes an index and a listing of bibliographical reference.


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