- Books Received
Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens. By Linda R. Silver. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2010.
In this guide to Jewish children's literature, Linda R. Silver provides concise entries on approximately 750 books that deal with Judaism or relate to Jewish themes. The entries are divided into the following sections: Jewish Rites and Customs; Holidays; The Bible; Folklore; History; Immigrant Life; The Holocaust and World War II; Israel and Zionism; Contemporary Issues; Famous Jews; and Judaism and Other Religions. The book also lists the winners of the National Jewish Book Awards (for youth) and the Sydney Taylor Book Award.
Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools. 5th ed. Edited by Sheila S. Intner, Joanna F. Fountain, and Jean Weihs. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2011.
Intended for children's librarians and media specialists, this handbook provides practical information on cataloging children's books and other sources of information that children and young adults access when using libraries.
The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales. By Béla Balázs. Translated by Jack Zipes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Written in the early 1920s by the Hungarian writer Béla Balázs, this collection of sixteen literary fairy tales reflects the author's fascination with Chinese folklore and Taoist philosophy. Jack Zipes not only translates these tales into English, but he also provides a scholarly introduction in which he discusses Béla Balázs's life and career.
Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K–8 Classrooms. By Mary Ann Reilly, Jane M. Gangi, and Rob Cohen. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2010.
The authors of this volume approach the topic of literacy education from a cultural standpoint. They discuss how storytelling, reader's theater, poetry, and visual arts can be incorporated into the language arts curriculum. The book concludes with Jane M. Gangi's extensive bibliography titled "Recommended Books on History, Culture, and Current Events for Deepening Literacy Learning." [End Page 104]
Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. By Mary McDonagh Murphy. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
In the first half of this book, Mary McDonagh Murphy discusses the history of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was originally published in July 1960. The second half features interviews with leading writers and other prominent Americans who were influenced by this classic novel. The interviewees include Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, James McBride, Jon Meacham, Anna Quindlen, Lee Smith, Oprah Winfrey, and Andrew Young.
Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl. By Donald Sturrock. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.
Roald Dahl's family granted Donald Sturrock access to Dahl's files of correspondence and manuscripts, and the result is a thorough and insightful biography. Sturrock does an especially good job of discussing Dahl's complex relationships with his various editors and publishers. Storyteller provides a richer and more balanced account of Dahl's life than Jeremy Treglown did in Roald Dahl: A Biography, which came out in 1994. [End Page 105]