- Books Received
Dictionnaire du Livre de Jeunesse. Edited by Isabelle Niéres-Chevral and Jean Perrot. Paris: Éditions du Cercle de la Librairie, 2013.
This lavishly illustrated French reference work provides substantial entries on children’s authors and other topics related to children’s literature. While the book’s major strength lies in its coverage of children’s authors from France, it also includes entries on authors from many other countries.
The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang. Edited by Jack Zipes. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2013.
Jack Zipes brings together eighty-two European folk and fairy tales in this 700-page volume. All of these tales originally appeared in print in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Zipes organizes them into eighteen tale types, such as “Brotherly Love,” “Abandoned Children,” and “Shrewd Cats and Foxes.” He also provides a scholarly introduction.
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953. By Susan C. Griffith. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
For nine years, Susan C. Griffith served on the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee, and she draws on this experience throughout her book. The first half focuses on the history of this unique award and the woman for whom it is named. The second half provides an annotated bibliography of the children’s books that received this award.
Writing Children’s Fiction: A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion. By Yvonne Coppard and Linda Newbery. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
This practical handbook is intended for anyone who has a desire to write or illustrate books for children. The book is divided into three parts. Part one, “Reflections on Writing for Children,” provides an overview of the history and current status of children’s literature. Part two, “Tips and Tales,” features writing tips from numerous children’s authors, including David Almond, Anthony Browne, and Mary Hoffman. Part three, “Write on: Writing Workshop,” contains detailed advice about such topics as writing dialogue, revising first drafts, and approaching agents. [End Page 155]