For immediate release | September 19, 2012

A survey of the best informational picture books for children

CHICAGO—An ideal tool for enriching library collections with outstanding books that children really want to read, “Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children,” published by ALA Editions, is an invaluable aid to librarians and educators. This annotated resource by veteran children’s book reviewer Kathleen T. Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping readers make informed collection development and purchasing decisions. With information on 250 books, this volume:

  • Features an introductory chapter that takes a close look at what makes a successful informational picture book;
  • Provides thoughtful descriptions for each title, including complete bibliographic information, age-level guidance and notes on book awards won;
  • Works as curriculum support as well as a tool for elementary RA, with easy-to-use topical organization and a separate subject index.

Isaacs spent many years as a teacher, with intermittent stints as a school and public librarian. She has taught in schools and universities in Baltimore, Washington, Hong Kong and Xi’an, China and has traveled extensively in many parts of the world. She has chaired selection committees for ALSC’s Sibert Award, ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books, and USBBY’s Outstanding International Book Committees and twice served as a member of ALSC’s Newbery Award committee. Currently, she teaches children’s literature in the education program at Towson University in Maryland. She regularly contributes articles and reviews to professional publications.

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