Selection Tools for Children's Series


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Presentation for Collection Management class on Selection Tools for purchasing children's series fiction. Presented in LIS 748, Spring 2011.

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  • Edward Stratemeyer – Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Motor Boys, etc. Ran syndicate until his death in 1930. Daughter Harriet Adams inherited and ran until her death in 1982.
  • Horn Book is a publication about children's literature. They have a database of around 8,000 reviews. Subscription only (my pass is same as Millennium, username is main Gmail) Kirkus has starred reviews to highlight the best. School Library Journal has a series round up, and they review by series. Publisher's Weekly has reviews; website down 4/22 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books published by the Center at UIUC. Mostly subscription based. Booklist is subscription only as well, but they have great lists including award lists.
  • Book selection tools is a list of links to other good sites. Same with Internet Resources. Kids Reads is part of a network, great info for parents & librarians. Children's books and reviews is a blog-like site Scholastic Book Wizard has lists of books, some of which are part of series, compiled by authors, educators, Scholastic editors, and parents. Database is searchable
  • World of Reading is from Ann Arbor District Library. Reviews are for kids by kids. There are some series reviews. Simple but it's by their peers. Great Websites for Kids is maintained by the Association for Library Services to Children (division of ALA). Under Literature & Languages -> Favorite Children's Stories there are links to some websites focused on particular series such as American Girl or Baby Sitter's Club. All links are marked as to age appropriateness. Junior Genreflecting has some series titles scattered throughout; it's organized by genres.
  • Selection Tools for Children's Series

    1. 1. Selection tools for children's series Mary Jo Chrabasz LIS 748 01 Spring 2011
    2. 2. Children's series: a background <ul><li>1867 – Elsie Dinsmore is the first series for children published
    3. 3. Edward Stratemeyer begins his &quot;syndicate&quot; in 1903, creating over 800 books for children under 13 different pen names and using a group of authors to write the titles
    4. 4. In the last decade of the 19 th century, an average of 403 books for children published per year. This average increases to 548 per year from 1900-1910 and by 1950 is up to an average of 1,113 books for children per year </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why series books? <ul><li>Children enjoy fiction stories
    6. 6. Children look for adventure in their fiction
    7. 7. Contemporary settings are preferred to historical settings
    8. 8. Medal-winning books tend to have a more difficult style of writing, series books are more readable
    9. 9. Realistic plots – children like to read stories they could picture happening to them </li></ul>
    10. 10. Some selection tools to use <ul><li>Standard journals & review sources </li><ul><li>Horn Book </li><ul><li>Horn Book Guide </li></ul><li>Kirkus
    11. 11. School Library Journal
    12. 12. Publisher's Weekly
    13. 13. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
    14. 14. Booklist </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. More great selection tools <ul><li>Book selection tools on the internet
    16. 16. Kids Reads
    17. 17. Children's books and reviews
    18. 18. Scholastic Book Wizard
    19. 19. NoveList K-8 Plus (subscription database) </li></ul>
    20. 20. Even more selection tools <ul><li>World of Reading
    21. 21. Goodreads
    22. 22. Great Websites for Kids (from ALSC)
    23. 23. Junior Genreflecting: A Guide to Good Reads and Series Fiction for Children by Bridget Dealy Volz, Cheryl Perkins Scheer, & Lynda Blackburn Welborn
    24. 24. Reading in Series: A Selection Guide to Books for Children edited by Catherine Barr </li></ul>
    25. 26. Classic series <ul><li>The Wizard of Oz
    26. 27. Little House on the Prairie series
    27. 28. Chronicles of Narnia
    28. 29. Nancy Drew
    29. 30. Hardy Boys
    30. 31. Babysitter's Club
    31. 32. Goosebumps
    32. 33. Wrinkle in Time series
    33. 34. Boxcar Children </li></ul>
    34. 35. More good series <ul><li>Magic Tree House
    35. 36. Horrible Harry
    36. 37. Junie B. Jones
    37. 38. American Girls
    38. 39. Encyclopedia Brown
    39. 40. Arthur
    40. 41. Cam Jansen
    41. 42. Nate the Great
    42. 43. Judy Moody </li></ul>
    43. 44. Popular series <ul><li>Rainbow Magic
    44. 45. Harry Potter
    45. 46. Guardians of Ga'Hoole
    46. 47. Percy Jackson
    47. 48. 39 Clues
    48. 49. Time Warp Trio
    49. 50. Charlie Bone
    50. 51. Geronimo Stilton
    51. 52. Series of Unfortunate Events </li></ul>
    52. 53. Resources Booklist online. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Bulletin of the center for children's books. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Children's books and reviews. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Goodreads. (accessed 4/27, 2011). The horn book, inc. (accessed 4/27, 2011). - series books. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Kirkus book reviews. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Publisher's weekly. (accessed 4/27, 2011). School library journal. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Teacher book wizard. Scholastic. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Great websites for kids. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Book selection tools on the internet. (accessed 4/27, 2011). World of reading. (accessed 4/27, 2011). Reading in series: A selection guide to books for children1999. . Ed. Catherine Barr. New Providence, New Jersey: R.R. Bowker. Deane, Paul. 1991. Mirrors of american culture: Children's fiction series in the twentieth century . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, Inc. Saltman, Judith. 1997. Groaning under the weight of series books. Emergency Librarian 24, no. 5: 23, Volz, Bridget Dealy, Cheryl Perkins Scheer, and Lynda Blackburn Welborn. 2000. Junior genreflecting: A guide to good reads and series fiction for children . Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.