Date: March 16, 2004
Reviewed: Large Paperback: 560 pages - Revised and Updated
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Nonfiction / Parenting / Reference / Reading
& Walter's Best Books for Children 2nd Ed
By Walter M. Mayes,
“…books were not
“special.” They were a basic point of our life. We
didn’t think much about reading. It was always there.”
– Valerie V. Lewis (introduction)
One of the
things I enjoy about reading is the free and easy chat that comes
with it. Whether it’s positive or negative, I enjoy sharing
and listening to book-related opinions. And I still take pleasure
in hearing my daughter, who is now in college, read aloud an excerpt
or a poem that affects her. She’s done it all her life. Like
Valerie, books weren’t special and she didn’t think
much about reading. It was always there, through her parents, grandparents,
teachers and friends.
Best Books for Children,
2nd Ed is a book to be valued. It’s comprehensive and crossed-referenced.
A 560-page reference guide featuring best books for children--fiction
and nonfiction—though age eleven. Book information includes:
title, author, illustrator, format, publisher, themes and sometimes
comments from Valerie and Walter. The themes are single word descriptions.
Parents will know exactly what is in the book. The book is divided
into parts according to a book’s listening or interest level.
Also, instead of using reading ages, they use general ranges, such
as “all, baby, preschoolers, early elementary, middle elementary,
listed range from the old familiars to the most recent, such as
Harry Potter. This is a reference book written with parents and
professionals in mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your
local school or library used Valerie and Walter’s Best
Books for Children regularly? Why not recommend it?
Walter M. Mayes
is a man seriously inspired by reading. He created Walter the Giant
Storyteller and travels to schools, libraries, and bookstores and
conferences to speak. He is also the librarian of a Girl’s
Middle School. Valerie V. Lewis writes a column for Creative Classroom
magazine and co-owns a children’s bookstore.