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Michele Landsberg's Guide to Children's Books

Landsberg, Michele
Publisher:  Penguin, Markham, Canada
Date Written:  01/01/1985
Year Published:  1985  
Pages:  272pp   ISBN:  0-14-007136-9
Resource Type:  Book

Landsberg provides guidance on the question of how to choose the right books for your child.

Abstract:  Michele Landsberg, writer, critic and speaker, believes that good books should be a part of every childhood. But how do you instill a love of reading when you're competing with television and video games? How, among the thousands of books for children published every year, do you choose the ones that are right for your child?

Beginning with the basics--starting children reading and keeping them reading--Landsberg goes on to discuss hundreds of books for all ages: from picture books to young adult novels, from humour to fantasy, from adventure to growing up.

Landsberg addresses the difficult issue of bad books and how to deal with them; censorship; sexual, racial and social stereotypes in children's literature; and the growing number of excellent Canadian books for children.

Finally, she inclues a treasury of more than 350 of the very best books for children from around the world.

[From publisher]

Table of Contents:


1. Taking the Plunge
2. Books to Encourage the Beginning Reader
3. First Novels
4. Liberating Laughter
5. The Quest for Identity
6. Adventure: The Great Game
7. Fantasy
8. Travelling in Time
9. Growing Up
10. Girls' Books, Boys' Books, Bad Books and Bias

A Treasury of Children's Books
Beginning Readers (Ages 4 to 8)
Young Fluent Readers (5 to 8)
Middle Readers (8 to 12)
Pre-Teenage (10 and up)
Teenage (13 and up)

Books about Children's Reading

Index to the Treasury: Authors, Illustrators and Titles


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