Yesterday’s Collection Development post just begs for a follow-up, here are a few titles I selected for purchase using Booklist, School Library Journal, and PW Children’s Bookshelf as main review resources. Additionally, there were a few key books purchased from Horn Book Magazine’s listing of Bilingual Books and one title we did not have from the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (it was 365 Penguins). I am going to link the titles to Amazon, but since two of the three issues I perused were the recent there is going to be lag time (yes, the dreaded embargo period) until they add the book reviews. This list is a sampling from the three carts of titles with notation of review resource when applicable and/or a brief reason why purchased:
- 365 Penguins
SLJ, Booklist, Horn Book Award
- The Ghost of Mary Prairie
Historical fiction, Booklist, children’s literature course requirement
- Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes!
Great for language arts coursework, have Eats, Shoots, & Leaves in the collection
- Cowboy and Octopus
Because I can! Love Scieszka and Smith collaborations
- Frequently Asked Questions About My Pyramid
Phys ed and health curriculum, units on nutrition
Graphic novel collection, Booklist & SLJ
- Our Liberty Bell
Social studies curriculum, picture book
- How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
Halloween without jack-o-lanterns, fall, seasons, G. Brian Karas
- The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions
Math picture book, math curriculum, fills need for specific math assignment
- The Secret of the Painted House
Chapter book, easy reader, Booklist
- Trolls Go Home!
Booklist, middle grade reader, folktales
- Ginger and Petunia
Booklist, Mock Caldecott class visit, Patricia Polacco!
- Heat Wave
PW, Booklist, Betsy Lewin & Eileen Spinelli
- Holocaust: The Events and Their Impact on Real People
Course assignment (2), Holocaust literature, PW
- Into the Woods
Booklist, fairy tale & folk tale courses, children’s literature coursework
Jack Prelutsky, PW, visual elements
- Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
SLJ, middle grade readers, format interest
SLJ, Art, children’s literature assignment
- Hooray Jose
SLJ, phys ed picture books, sportsmanship
- Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
Fractured fairy tale, stories in rhyme, repetitive phrases
- Don’t Say That Word!
Because I can, love Catrow’s illustrations, Booklist
Tags: Collection development, Juvenile Collection, Juvenile review resources