With today's ever-growing publishing industry, the number of children's books on the market grows exponentially as each year passes. The dizzying volume of new titles on bookstore shelves can quickly transform the usually enjoyable task of finding the perfect book for your child into an overwhelming, at times even bewildering, ordeal. Book Sense, the trade organization and advocate of the independent bookseller that brought us the reading group resource favorite BOOK SENSE BEST BOOKS lends another helping hand with BOOK SENSE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS.
The equivalent of visiting independent bookstores nationwide and receiving personal advice from their owners, this essential guide for parents, teachers, librarians and children of all ages contains over 200 reading suggestions, ranging from board and picture books to chapter books and young adult novels. These titles are conveniently divided into eight categories based on age group, genre and occasion, also including special lists such as "What to read while you're waiting for the next Harry Potter."
And because you'd expect nothing less from your neighborhood bookshop, each title is followed by warm, thoughtful and prudent comments from knowledgeable booksellers. Adding to the charm of this book are drawings from renowned illustrators like Ian Falconer (OLIVIA), Brett Helquist (CHASING VERMEER), and David Shannon (ALICE THE FAIRY), as well as a "love letter" to independent bookstores by Cornelia Funke (INKHEART, THE DRAGON RIDER) that serves as the foreword to this must-have resource.
With BOOK SENSE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS, mining your way through the expansive parameters of today's children's literature no longer needs to be a daunting experience. Having Book Sense and independent booksellers leading the way, the Hogwarts Academies and Camp Green Lakes, the Georgia Nicolsons and the Eragons for every child are never out of reach.
Reviewed by Marisa Emralino on September 29, 2005