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A To Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, Sixth Edition

Lima, Carolyn W.
Lima, John A.

Libraries Unlimited
Published:July 30, 2001

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Description: From Library Journal
The latest edition of this standard reference work has grown to 1800 pages listing nearly 23,000 titles. Once again, the material is divided into five sections: subject headings, subject guides, bibliographic guides, title indexes, and illustrator indexes. This arrangement enables the reader to locate books on a particular topic and to determine the subject of a specific book when only the author, illustrator, or title is known. The more than 1200 subject headings are augmented by subheadings and cross references, which is especially useful because this tool is as much for reader's advisory as it is for collection building. Full bibliographic information for each title included is provided in the bibliographic guide, although price and in-print status are not. This is not a problem, however, since reader's advisory use doesn't usually require pricing information, and there are now several electronic means of obtaining such information quickly and easily. As in previous editions, there is an excellent introductory essay titled "Genesis of the English-Language Picture Book," with as many suggested titles for further reading as might be found on a children's literature course syllabus. About the only drawback is the lack of annotations, but had these been added for each title included, the book would rival the Manhattan telephone directory in size. All in all, this remains an essential resource for just about any reference collection. Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Description:
For years, librarians have relied on A to Zoo for easy to use, up to date and comprehensive information on fiction and nonfiction picture books. As a subject guide, this valuable resource allows librarians to help their patrons identify picture books, alphabetically cataloged under more than 1,000 subjects headings and subheadings. The bibliographic guide provides full detailed information for each title, including subjects, and notations for Caldecott Award winners. This sixth edition features more than 3,000 new titles of the latest publications in the children's literature field.

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