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Children's & Young Adult Literature Subject Guide

Why Use These Books?

Use these bibliographies to help you choose appropriate books by topic or grade level.  Experts in the field have already evaluated them so, for the most part, you can be assured of getting quality books.

"Best Books" Bibliographies

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books.  Z1037 .L715
Includes citations to over 23,000 picture books, listed under more than 1,200 subjects, which are recommended for use with children, both for recreational reading and in the school curriculum.

Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6.   Z1037 .G48 (Ref)
An extensive list of highly-recommended books to satisfy both a child's recreational reading needs and the demands of a typical school curriculum. Includes an excellent subject index, and a one-sentence summary of each book.

Best of Latino Heritage, 1996-2002: A Guide to the Best Juvenile Books About Latino People and Cultures.  Z 1039 .L38 S34 2003
Provides a selective, annotated list of children's books, grades kindergarten through high school, focusing on the cultures of Latino peoples across the globe.

Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children.  Z 1039 .I54 B76x 2005 (Ref)
Authored by two Native Americans, this is a guide to help teachers, librarians, and parents select the best children's books representing Indian cultures. It also evaluates the most objectionable works by non-Native writers.

Heart Has its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004.  PS 374 .H63 C37 2006
This book begins with an overview essay about young adult books with LGBTQ subjects, and then divides the literature by decades, from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Sensitive Issues: An Annotated Guide to Children's Literature, K-6.  Z 1037 .R23 1992
This book provides critical reviews of books on important issues and serious problems that children often have to deal with on an everyday basis at home and/or at school. The issues included are substance abuse, illness, death, divorce, disabilities, prejudice, cultural differences, relocation, nontraditional home environments, and child abuse.

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