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Anatomy of a Book Controversy
This is a case study that describes one school district's attempt to answer two questions: What should students read? Who should decide what students read? An examination such as this reveal why book controversies are difficult to resolve. The book that was at the heart of this controversy was Go Ask Alice.

Best Books for Young Adult Readers, Grades 7-12
This book contains a list of adolescent literature sources in a myriad of annotated entries divided into 68 subject areas.

Best Books for Young Adults
Brief annotations of the best books for young adults as selected annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association Committee at the American Library Association are provided. The indexing includes books by author, books by year, and a general index.

Best Science and Technology Reference Books for Young People
Contained here is a list of reviews and prices for useful dictionaries, textbooks, workbooks, encyclopedias, and general information science books for children from elementary to high school.

Connecting Mathematics Across the Curriculum: 1995 Yearbook
Chapter 13 of this National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Yearbook entitled "Connecting Literature and Mathematics." This article describes how teachers of different grade levels have used the book HOW MUCH IS A MILLION? to help children gain a deeper understanding of how mathematics is connected to the real world.

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography
This is an annotated bibliography of 4,800 fantasy novels and story collections for children and young adults in grades 3 through 12. It is also a research guide to more than 10,500 articles, books and Ph.D. dissertations about the authors who write fantasy literature for children and young adults.

Fiction Sequels for Readers 10 to 16: An Annotated Bibliography of Books in Succession, 2nd ed.
This list contains about 3,000 titles by approximately 425 authors. The entries are arranged by author with brief annotations of all titles in the series. There is also a title index. This is an excellent tool for both teachers and librarians.

Guides to Collection Development for Children and Young Adults
The purpose of this book is to supple information on bibliographic sources to librarians, other educators, and parents who work with children and young adults. It is written to cover both current titles as well as classic works. This book is organized into five main sections: Periodicals; Sources for Both Children and Young Adults; Sources for Children; Sources for Young Adults; and, Sources for Professionals. Includes good annotations.

Intermediate Science Through Children's Literature
This book suggests an approach to science instruction that integrates literature as an alternative form of instruction or to enrich textbook instruction. A wide variety of activities are provided for each novel, including hands-on activities, field trips, craft projects, library research, and collateral reading and writing.

Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8
Compiled by the Multicultural Booklist Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. This publication is intended for teachers who wish to offer children books that reflect something of the diversity of American society: African-Americans, Asian-American, Hispanic-Americans/Latinos; and Native Americans. It also lists books involving people and countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as relevant books set in Mexico, Canada and England.

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.

Multicultural Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography, Grades K-8
Library shelves need to present literature of minority as well as majority perspectives in order to education children to the diverse and ever-changing world in which we live. Included in this collection is literature-fiction and non-fiction-in which the main characters are from one of the four prominent ethnic groups within the United States-African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Native Americans.

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
The author presents summaries of books, extensive bibliographies, and an appendix in which he sets forth a practical approach for incorporating native studies into the language arts program. Each annotation presents a brief outline of the contents of the books, followed by an evaluation and analysis and suggestions for presenting it in elementary or junior-high classrooms.

Research and Professional Resources in Children's Literature: Piecing a Patchwork Quilt
This book is an attempt to present complete and current syntheses in children's literature. This is done by providing detailed listings and descriptions of recent research and publications. This book pulls together the resources to support teachers, librarians, and researchers in their search for pervious studies on a research topic, strategies for using literature in the classroom, or books on a particular topic. One entire section is devoted to professional journals featuring children's literature (annotations, addressees, phone numbers, etc.)

Teaching Literature in Middle School: Fiction
This book is published by the National Council of Teachers of English. In this volume they present exciting activities that draw students into the wider world created in literature. This is an absolute treasure-trove for a teacher of literature in the middle school, junior-high school and even senior-high school level.

Young Adult Literature: The Heart of the Middle School Curriculum
This text is designed to help teachers develop concept-based, trans disciplinary curricular units. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on young adult literature's central place in curricular planning.

Your Reading: A Booklist for Junior-High and Middle School, 9th ed.
This book is organized into four main sections: Imagining (fiction and nonfiction); Exploring (fiction); Understanding (fiction and nonfiction); Learning (nonfiction). Appendix include: Suggested Readings, Directory of Publishers, Author Index, Title Index, and Subject Index. (Students can write to authors in care of the publisher of their favorite book.)

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