Need help knowing what books to buy for your kids? The American Library Association wants to help:
The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from the ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, has created the four bibliographies below, “Building a Home Library,” to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home.
The lists are sort of skimpy; this wouldn’t be much of a library. And it skews heavily towards commercially popular books from the last few years (Walter Dean Myer’s Monster, Louis Sachar’s Holes, for example)–not that those books aren’t worthwhile, just that are they the best cornerstones of a home library? They seem more like books to check out from the library to me.
I posted my own list of Essential Books For Children, which got some great responses in the comment thread. And this post is in honor of a manuscript I read today for work which happened to be the new novel by an author who appears on this list not once, but twice. Go fish!