Sunday, January 29, 2012

Parent Resource

Do you know how many children's books are published each year? You might not believe it, but the answer is around 20,000. Out of that enormous number, how many do you think are great books? How can you weed through that amount of literature with the limited hours you have available to find the gems?
Here's one resource I use to help narrow the selection and save myself time if I already have a topic in mind.

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (June 6, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1565123085
ISBN-13: 978-1565123083

Esme Raji Codell is an author, librarian, blogger, and champion of quality children's literature. This excellent resource is organized by topic and provides lists of books for a wide range of ages.
Her sense of humor and passion for reading will help you make selections that are appropriate for your audience (your own children or others). While this resource is already several years old (don't discount a book because it isn't this year's model), you can find more recent selections on her blog.

Time Saving Idea:
Visit your local library and take a look at the reference shelf in the children's department. There are other resources that can help you choose books by age, interest, reading level, and more. Choose the best books for your read aloud time without taking all your free time.

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