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Overview: Two of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors, illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for children-and nurturing their love of reading. A Family of Readers is the definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children. It's divided into four sections: 1. Reading to Them: Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children; 2. Reading with Them: Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books; 3. Reading on Their Own: Exploring what children read-and how they read-by genre and gender; 4. Leaving Them Alone: Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult. Roger Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief of The Horn Book, which since 1924 has been America's best source for reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, in this essential resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editor at the magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers' companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels. Read more... Introduction / Roger Sutton --Part 1: Reading To Them: --Overview / Martha V Parravano --1: Books for babies: --Future of page turns / Martha V Parravano --From the Horn Book family: What makes a good Mother Goose? / Joanna Rudge Long --Trashing Elmo / Ginee Seo and Bruce Brooks --More great books for babies --2: Picture books: --Stores of transferable energy / Martha V Parravano --From the Horn Book family: Again / Kevin Henkes --Words / Charlotte Zolotow --Pictures / Margot Zemach --How to read the pictures: John Steptoes's Baby Says / Kathleen T Horning --Design matters / Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Lane Smith; designed by Molly Leach --Interview with Maurice Sendak --Scary picture books / Deborah Stevenson --What makes a good alphabet book? / Lolly Robinson --Accumulated power / Margaret Mahy --Have a carrot / Cynthia Voigt --What makes a good "Three Little Pigs"? / Joanna Rudge Long --What makes a good preschool science book? / Betty Carter --Delicious rhythms, enduring words / Naomi Shihab Nye --More great picture books --More great folklore --Part 2: Reading With Them: --Overview / Roger Sutton --3: Easy readers: --I can read a whole book / Roger Sutton --From the Horn Book family: Unlucky arithmetic / Dean Schneider and Robin Smith --Look / Lois Lowry --More great easy readers --4: Chapter books: --Situations become stories / Roger Sutton --From the Horn Book family: Books were everywhere / Virginia Hamilton --More great chapter books --Part 3: Reading On Their Own: --Overview / Roger Sutton --5: Genres: --Introduction / Roger Sutton --Fantasy: --Your journey is inward, but it will seem outward / Deirdre F Baker --From the Horn Book family: Waking dreams / Jane Langton --More great fantasy --Historical fiction: --When dinosaurs watched black-and-white TV / Betty Carter --From the Horn Book family: Writing backward / Anne Scott MacLeod --More great historical fiction --Humor: --Banana peels at every step / Sarah Ellis --From the Horn Book family: What's so funny, Mr Scieszka? / Jon Scieszka --More great humor --Adventure: --Know-how and guts / Vicky Smith --From the Horn Book family: Incredible journey / Betsy Byars --More great adventure books --6: Nonfiction: --Introduction / Roger Sutton --Nonfiction: --Cinderella without the fairy godmother / Marc Aronson --From the Horn Book family: Missing parts / Deborah Hopkinson --More great nonfiction --Biography: --Story, by someone else, more than a hundred pages / Betty Carter --From the Horn Book family: Interview with Russell Freedman --More great biographies --Science: --More than just the facts / Danielle J Ford --From the Horn Book family: Three tests / Diana Lutz --What makes a good dinosaur book? / Danielle J Ford --More great science books --Poetry: --Up the bookcase to poetry / Alice Schertle --From the Horn Book family: Gazing at things / Naomi Shihab Nye --More great poetry --7: Girl books and boy books: --Introduction / Roger Sutton --Girl books: --Telling the truth / Christine Heppermann --From the Horn Book family: Becoming Judy Blume / Coe Booth --Everygirl / Kitty Flynn --Grow up with us, you'll be fine / Mitali Perkins --More great girl books --Boy books: --Go big or go home / Roger Sutton --From the Horn Book family: Masculinity chart / Robert Lipsyte --Stats / Marc Aronson --Interview with Jon Scieszka --More great boy books --8: Messages: --Introduction / Roger Sutton --From the Horn Book family: What makes a good sex ed book? / Christine Heppermann --Reading about families in my family / Megan Lambert --What ails bibliotherapy? / Maeve Visser Knoth --Interview with Katherine Paterson --Part 4: Leaving Them Alone: --Overview / Roger Sutton --9: Books for teens: --Discovery of like-minded souls / Roger Sutton --From the Horn Book family: Where Snoop and Shakespeare meet / Janet McDonald --What makes a good thriller? / Nancy Werlin --Interview with Sarah Dessen --Holden at sixteen / Bruce Brooks --Guys' clubhouse / Virginia Euwer Wolff --More great books for teens --Conclusion / Roger Sutton --Resources --Bibliography of recommended titles --Further reading --Notes on contributors --Credits and permissions --Index.
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