Review of The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books

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January 4, 2015 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth

GTCB CoverThe Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books by Kaylee N. Davis and published by Sterling Publishing. ISBN 978-1435145283. Publication date: April 20, 2013. Dust-jacketed hardcover with 312 full color pages.

“You don’t have to be a child to love children’s books; they are filled with important life lessons for the child in all of us.” –Kayle N. Davis, author

You can tell from the wee peek inside (see below) that The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books (hereafter referred to as the GUIDE) is a well-organized, informative, fun, and colorful book! It’s most definitely a reference book that reads like a novel!

It goes without saying that the content is amazing:  There are color photographs of all the book covers along with reviews, guidelines for choosing age-appropriate books, short essays by authors and illustrators, and more!

(Please pardon any shadows or shine — the pages are a bit glossy and I wasn’t able to capture the crispness and beauty of the pages.)

I especially LOVE the mix of classics with more modern, recently published titles. I love that Pat the Bunny which was published in 1940 is on the same page as Chicka Chicka ABC which was published in 1990. It sounds cheesy, but the GUIDE is a trip down memory lane — you’ll have fun re-discovering titles you read as a child. I about flipped when I stumbled upon Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (originally published in 1962 and part of the Nutshell Library collection). And of course, the best part, you’ll come across plenty of new-to-you titles that you’ll want to read!

One thing that really impressed me was the wide variety of books included — there’s really a book for every reader. For example, I was quite pleased to see the All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sidney Taylor included — stories about a Jewish immigrant family living in NYC prior to World War I. All-of-a-Kind Family was one of my favorite books when I was a child. As an adult, I have a new paperback copy now, but you know, it’s just not exactly the same as the one from my childhood. BUT ANYWAY, I digress. There are plenty of other multicultural selections in the GUIDE and they are easy to spot because they are marked with a special symbol.

Also included are the winners (through 2012) for the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award. Winning books that are also referenced in the GUIDE not only are easy to spot because a different color font is used but the page number is referenced as well so you can look it up super quick!

The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books is a *must-have* for anyone who loves children’s books. And would make the perfect gift to any parent, caregiver, librarian, or teacher. And since the GUIDE is currently being sold as a $4.99 bargain book, I really must encourage you to pick-up a copy! It’s what I do. I’m a book buying enabler 😉


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