Monday, February 7, 2011

A Family of Readers

A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, editors of The Horn Book Magazine, write as “book lovers addressing book lovers.” Made up of thoughtful essays, entertaining responses and interviews, A Family of Readers has the look of a college textbook, but its chatty style resembles more that of a magazine. Yes, it defines and discusses the genres of children’s literature; yes, it contains book lists and annotations; yes, it contains an extensive bibliography and a useful index, but this book is much more. Interviews and essays by writers and artists, responses by many who are working in the field of children’s literature, and essays by critics and historians give A Family of Readers strength and depth—Wilma Snyder. (Adult--Children’s Literature History and Criticism; Candlewick, 2010)

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