ERIC Number: ED542492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1940
500 Books for Children. Bulletin, 1939, No. 11
Beust, Nora E.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
The importance of reading in the lives of children demands that teachers, librarians, and parents give careful attention to the selection of books from which children may make their choices. The purpose of this bibliography is to acquaint adults and children with the wide range of interesting subjects and readable styles of literature which are available for the youth of today. This comparatively brief list of approximately 500 readable books for preschool and elementary-school children should be useful to: (1) School librarians who have limited funds to spend for an initial book collection or for additional volumes to add to a small library; (2) Teachers who have limited funds to spend for classroom libraries; (3) Librarians of public libraries who do not have specialists in children's literature on their staffs; and (4) Parents or friends of children who wish to guide children in their home reading and to purchase books for children's personal libraries. The following principles have guided the selection of types of books to be included in the list: (1) Children have many different interests; namely those centered about the home, the school, the community; their own activities, needs, dreams, and desires. Moreover, these interests may be developed to various degrees in each child; (2) Children differ greatly in their ability to read, to understand science, to work with their hands, to appreciate music, to comprehend the need of principles for living, etc.; and (3) The environment is an important factor in the life of children. The annotations for these books were written with the hope that they might be of assistance to parents, teachers, and librarians in determining which books most nearly meet the needs of individual children. The notes should also be of value to both adults and children in helping them to decide which books are concerned with subjects about which children wish to read. Further, the notes introduce them to subjects which are still undiscovered. Quoted passages in the annotations are taken from the books in question, unless otherwise stated. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, Childrens Literature, Instructional Materials, Public Libraries, Reading Ability, Reading Lists, Books, Reading Material Selection, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Selection Criteria, Annotated Bibliographies, Childhood Interests, Student Interests, Reading Interests, Library Materials, School Libraries, Recreational Reading, Awards, Publishing Industry, Illustrations, Artists
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Parents; Media Staff; Teachers
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)