The revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature today and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read.
A brief, updated introduction explains how children's books evolve from manuscripts into bound books, the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.), and changes in the children's book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children's books.
Included are sections about books of information (and the author's responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, as well as a segment on children's literature blogs.
From Cover to Cover is an invaluable resource for all professionals who wish to write book evaluations that go beyond a simple personal response.
“Anyone entering the field of children’s book reviewing, or indeed, the wider field of children’s literature, will find From Cover to Cover an excellent guide.”
A critical approach to children's books: How children's books are published ; The parts of a book ; Categories of children's books -- Books of information: Authority and responsibility of the author ; Organization ; Illustrations ; Design ; Writing style ; Documentation of sources -- Traditional literature: Classification of traditional literature ; Original sources ; Narrative style ; Illustrations ; Collections ; Literary folktales ; Fractured fairy tales -- Poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs: The sound of poetry ; The images of poetry ; The ideas of poetry ; Nursery rhymes ; Humorous poetry and light verse ; Poetry collections ; Verse novels ; Songs -- Picture books: Text ; Pictures -- Easy readers and transitional books: Easy readers ; Transitional books -- Fiction: Literary genres ; Plot ; Characterization ; Point of view ; Setting ; Style ; Theme -- Writing a review: The distinction between reviewing and literary criticism ; Preparing to review ; Writing the review.