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The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children: 3rd Edition Revised and Updated [Paperback]

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Pages   530
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2000
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0812930185  
EAN  9780812930184  

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Provides reviews of more than one thousand classic children's books, ranging from picture books and early readers to young adult titles, along with more than fifty subject indexes and bibliographical listings of authors and illustrators.

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The Classic Guide That Helps You Select the Books the Child You Know Will Love
In this third, fully revised and updated edition of The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, the children's book editor of "The New York Times Book Review" personally selects and recommends books for children of every age.
The most comprehensive and authoritative book of its kind has been completely updated for the new millennium. It contains hundreds of new entries, many expanded descriptions, and notations of additional companion and related titles -- more than l,700 in all. The best-loved classics of the twentieth century are included, as well as a thoughtful selection of outstanding titles from the last decade.
Six sections are organized according to reading level: Wordless, Picture, Story, Early Reading, Middle Reading, and Young Adult. In addition to a summary of the book, each entry provides the essential bibliographic information you need to find a book in your local library or bookstore, including
author and/or illustrator
hardcover and/or paperback publisher and publication year
major awards
related titles
The unique and most popular feature of the guide is its system of special indexes -- more than sixty in all. They make it easy for parents and grandparents, teachers and librarians, even children themselves, to match the right book to the right child. Browse through the indexes and find titles for every interest and mood: picture books about cats, mice, or dinosaurs for babies; funny books to read aloud to toddlers; series about family life or school or fantasy adventures for a middle-grade child; books on divorce or death; and coming-of-age novels just right for someone starting junior high school. There are also indexes for books about minorities and religion, an age-appropriate reading-level index, and much more.
Lavishly decorated with more than three hundred illustrations from representative titles, the guide also features extra-wide margins for notes on which of your children liked which book, at what age, and why. Thus the guide becomes a family reading record as well as an invaluable resource you'll use again and again.

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Eden Ross Lipson was children's book editor of The New York Times Book Review until 2005, and is the author of the authoritative New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children.

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children's books from the library: "I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures."

He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. "I'm still surprised to be an author," he says. "I wonder what I'll write next?" Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.

Eden Ross Lipson currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Useful Resource - a review of the NY Time Guide to Childrens Books  Mar 22, 2006
It's not the end-all of children's book research (this site is just as useful) but the NY Times Guide can be a valuable tool and resource for parents in the early years.

-- Useful author index that points you to other books by authors you enjoy
-- Useful topic index, with topics such as health, death, history...
-- Helpful, though short, description of many popular books
-- It is particularly good, for example, when you looking up topic ideas -- as when you need a children's book on adoption or death
-- Good for those times when you are looking for ideas but can't quite put you finger on what you want to buy or check out of the library next
-- In addition to using the book as a source of ideas, I also use it to keep track of books we have enjoyed or loathed.

-- My principle complaint is that there are so many good authors that are not covered. For example, how can they not mention the Rev. Awdry, author of the many Thomas the Tank Engine stories. Also, I have found their `early reading section' to be deficient. They do not include any primers or series. Not even all of the dozens and dozens of Margaret Hillert.

Four Stars. [B-]. A useful resource for parents or other buyers of children books.

Find a list of what's actually in the Indices below (since it's not listed elsewhere):

Index to Indexes
Index to All Titles
Index of Authors
Index of Illustrators
Age Appropriate Indexes
Read-Aloud Index
Special Subject Index
For New Parents. If your kids are 6 - up, not for you  Oct 23, 2005
This is great for early books, for books for toddlers and early readers. The description gives the impression that it is a guide for many years of childhood. My boys are 7 and 8 and there is nothing in this book for them.
But my neices are 1 and 2 and their Mom will be getting this book for Christmas.
An updated review.  Feb 7, 2005
Now is 2005, so this book is four years old. I wanted to write an updated review here to let anyone who is considering a copy of this volume that I think it would be worth it to pick up a used copy for five bucks or so. Obviously, it doesn't include anything that's been published in the last four years, so in that sense, it's utility can be limiting, but most of the books that are reviewed are still in print. One of the book's features that I appreciated the most was that it includes a bibliography of wordless books, and unlike other such lists I have found, most of the books are actually in print and I don't have to try to order a copy from some small press overseas.

Another thing I've used this book for is for suggestions for birthday presents for my nieces. Since they're not the same age as my kids, I'm not as familar with what they might be ready to read.
Delightful resource for involved parents!  Nov 9, 2003
This book is very straight-forward and easy to use, chock full of useful information. The organization is simple, and listings are complete (containing year published and prizes received, as well as author, illustrator and edition info) and informative. Not only do they give information about the content and it's value to a child, but also its source and its context and an opinion about the best edition in which to invest and the availability of different editions (where useful)!

Wide margins are included, for note-taking.

There are multiple indexes at the end which are invaluable in themselves - about 80 pages worth! The titles are indexed by title, author, illustrator, age-appropriate, and special subject. A bibliography is also included.

This resource is a valuable and delightful resource for any family

very helpful, but not perfect  Sep 29, 2001
This is a wonderful tool for parents trying to guide their children's early reading intelligently. The organization of the book and the descriptions of each book are generally helpful, though information about age level and number of pages should have been included. Organizing categories in the main listing are vaguely defined (wordless books, picture books, story books, early reading books, middle reading books and young adult books), making the indexes the better access point. These indexes are sufficient to help you find a relevant book. There is: a title list; an author list; an illustrator list; an age appropriate list (which might have based a better organization for the main listing); a read-aloud list; and a subject list of 53 headings, including Adoption, Adventure, Alphabet, Bedtime, Divorce, Horses and Nature.

The author renders a valuable service in examining multiple editions of popular books, for example you might find that one particular treatment of the Mother Goose tales is rather musical and illustrated with pen and ink drawings, while another is more colorfully animated and textually simplified for very young readers.

Unless you really know children's literature, a book like this is an invaluable tool. Similar but more directed resources are Great Books for Boys and Great Books for Girls by Kathleen Odean, which is organized into reading levels and then genre, and includes age level but not page count. Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook is a very good, somewhat evangelical, resource organized by genre with age level and page count included in the description.


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