From Cover to Cover

Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Book

Kathleen T. Horning,

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Book
 
 

An invaluable resource for professionals who wish to write book evaluations—and for all serious fans of children's literature!

This revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children’s literature and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read.

A brief, updated introduction clearly explains how children’s books evolve from manuscripts into bound books and the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.) and changes in the children’s book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children’s books.

Included are sections about books of information (and the author’s responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, including a segment on children’s literature blogs.

Updated material includes:

•An introduction that reflects the many changes in the children’s book industry

•A section on genres, including a discussion of graphic novels

•A section on children’s literature blogs

•An introduction of two new major genre awards: the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

•And more than 90% of the books cited have been updated from the first edition to more recent publications!



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