Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers

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Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers. By Kathleen T. Isaacs. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 264 p. Paper $52 (ISBN: 0-8389-1344-4).

Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers is a standout readers' advisory tool for all children's librarians. Every children's librarian struggles with placing the right book in the hands of the early and eager reader. In this reviewer's many years as a selector of children's literature, she has not come across a bibliography that fills a need so well.

Isaacs begins her definition of "early and eager readers" by recalling "The Book Whisper," a blogger who calls these children "underground readers" (2). In chapter 2, Isaacs discusses the criteria for what makes a good read for these readers, including various book awards presented for fiction and nonfiction books. She also discusses the parameters that were used in selecting the books in this bibliography. One chapter, focused on transitional reading, provides a list of children's favorites for the reader to explore. The remaining chapters are based mainly on the appeal of the book--type of plot, compelling characters, humor, magic, traditional tales, and historical fiction, among others. …

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