Everything but the kitchen sink (and even that’s in there!)

January 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children’s Picture Books (6th edition) by Carolyn W. and John Lima;published by Bowker-Greenwood, Westport, Connecticut, 2001.

The premiere feature of this resource is the variety of ways it offers for locating picture books.  Additionally, full bibliographic information is provided.  An interesting history of picture books introduces the enormous volume, which is then divided into five categories by which picture books can be accessed: subject headings, subject guide, bibliographic guide, title index and illustrator index.

The electronic catalogs of today’s libraries have not revolutionized information access as much as I had anticipated when we automated our school library.  This book offers quick discovery of books by subject that I can’t replicate in the online catalog.  For that reason, it would be an invaluable resource in the children’s department of a public library or in an elementary school library.


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