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American historical fiction: An annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults

Lynda, Adamson

Organized by time periods from prehistory (before the arrival of European explorers) through the recent past. Two appendixes list books that have won awards and books suitable for young adults. Indexes include author, title, genre, geographic and subject. (Oryx Press, 1999.405 pp. 1-57356-067-7.)

Bulletin bored? Or bulletin boards!

Patricia Sivak and Mary Anne Passatore

Designed for the nonartist, this book contains suggestions and easily reproducible designs for creating colorful and inexpensive bulletin boards. Organized chronologically to follow the school year. Themes include holidays, seasons, social issues, sports, etc. K-12. (Scarecrow, 1998. 237 pp. 0-8108-3538-X.)

Children's book awards annual 1998

Matt Berman and Marigny Dupuy

Reviews the winners of all major national awards in the US (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) and includes other titles such as ALA Notables, Horn Book Fanfare, and School Library Journal. K-12. (Libraries Unlimited, 1998. 117 pp. $18.50. 1-56308-649-2.)

Children's nonfiction for adult information needs: An annotated bibliography

Rosemarie Riechel

Over 175 titles organized into 15 popular subject areas, such as art and music, computer technology, science and engineering, and social sciences. Useful finding tool for adult literacy programs. (Shoe String Press/Linnet Professional Publications, 1998. 152 pp. $30. 0-208-02447-6.)

Exploring our country's history: Linking fiction to nonfiction

Phyllis Perry

Covers U.S. history from the 1600s to the late 1900s. Divided into four parts by century, each part includes sections on fiction, "bridges and poetry" (poems, diaries, letters, etc.), and nonfiction connections. Many suggestions for use K-5. (Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press, 1998. 133 pp. 1-56308-622-0.)

Folktale themes and activities for children, volume I: Pourquoi tales

Anne Marie Kraus

Useful resources guide for how-and-why stories. Activity pages (e.g., shadow, puppetry), teaching ideas, a list of story themes and other materials are provided. Extensive annotated bibliography, by continental area. Grades 1-6. (Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press, 1998. 152 pp. $22.50. 1-56308-521-6.)

Hot links: Literature links for the middle school curriculum

Cora Wright

Descriptions of approximately 300 contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction titles. Chapters cover science, history (ancient cultures and U.S.), English language (classic literature and usage), mathematics, fine arts, and sports and games. (Libraries Unlimited, 1998. 173 pp. $30. 1-56308-587-9.)

The integrated curriculum: Books for reluctant readers, grades 2-5

Anthony Fredericks

Focuses on 35 quality children's books. Each featured title includes a summary, thinking questions and lively cross-curricular activities. The author also presents guidelines for motivating students and encouraging active participation.

(Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press, 1998. 189 pp. $22.50. 1-56308-604-2.)

Latino periodicals: A selection guide

Salvador Guerena & Vivian Pisano, editors

A collection development tool listing 300 Spanish- and English-language publications, from professional journals and newsletters to fashion magazines, newspapers, and fotonovelas. Arranged by subject and type of publication.

(McFarland & Company, 1998. 147 pp. $30. 0-7864-0540-6.)

Learning about the civil war: Literature and other resources for young people

Elaine Stephens & Jean Brown

Fully annotated, this guide provides a path to appropriate materials, plus learning questions, teaching considerations, and suggested student activities for each major book annotation (100+). …