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A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature
 
 
Author
Roger Sutton & Martha V. Parravano. Gregory Maguire, foreword.
Publisher Candlewick  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.75 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780763632809
Pages/Publication Date 350/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33831
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The editor in chief and the executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine—a premier resource for reviews of books for young readers since 1924—Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano here offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. "By the time a kid is ready to read on his own, he's ready to ... read on his own," writes Sutton. "Your job is, essentially, to let him." The editors invite such authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a number of critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best, from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels.

"Not a children's book, but a book for anyone who has ever loved children's books, this collection of essays and interviews is designed to help parents foster a love of reading in children, while providing insight into the craft of children's bookmaking.... The contributions—Jon Scieszka on book design, Sarah Ellis on writing humor, Bruce Brooks and Virginia Euwer Wolff on Holden Caulfield, among others—are grouped into sections that mirror the reading life of a child: reading to children becomes reading with them, which gives way to their growth as independent readers.... Sutton and Parravano also contribute commentary, discussing the best books for all ages and reading levels, and what makes them so. It's an indispensable guide at a time when, as Sutton writes, 'debates about what qualifies as "reading" are as noisy as the concurrent fights over what can be called a "family".'"—Publishers Weekly

 
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