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Developing Christian Fiction Collections for Children and Adults: Selection Criteria and a Core Collection

Walker, Barbara J.

Neal-Schuman Publishers
Published:June 1, 1998

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Description: From Library Journal
As the Christian fiction genre grows in popularity, librarians face the difficult task of purchasing books in this often confusing and contradictory area. This handbook by a librarian/teacher answers most questions librarians may have about the genre and its very special characteristics. The book is separated into three parts. The first discusses the genre as a whole, defining what is meant by the term "Christian fiction," as well as how this area of publishing developed. Also discussed are methods of placing Christian fiction within existing selection policies and finding sources of reviews. Of special interest in this section are ideas on how to promote the library's Christian fiction collection. The second part of the book gives a core collection of titles for both adults and children, including well-known writers such as Brock and Bodie Thoene and lesser-known individuals as well. Included when available are quotes from such review sources as Library Journal, Booklist, and VOYA. Also featured is a list of videos of special interest to Christian audiences. The book's final section presents a great deal of useful information on the genre, such as award winners, short biographies of notable authors, and a list of publishers with addresses and phone numbers. Highly recommended as an invaluable source for any library wishing to expand or start a Christian fiction collection.?Melissa Hudak, Centegra Health Systems, McHenry, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Patron demand for Christian fiction in libraries has increased dramatically in recent years. What are the best books and authors published in this genre? Where can reviews be found? How can libraries which have purchased these books as part of an inclusive overall collection defend their choices? Developing Christian Fiction Collections offers everything librarians need to start a collection or build upon an existing one. Areas covered include an overview of Christian fiction; establishing a solid selection process; promoting this category in your library; separate annotated bibliographies of the best books for children, adults, and young adults; the Gold Medallion Fiction awards; biographies of prominent authors; and a selected, annotated videography on the best Christian videos. A listing of publishers complete with address and telephone information to make ordering easy, a bibliography, and an index round out this much-needed resource.

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