Monday, February 22, 2010

73 Reviews of New Children’s Books

The Book Review Service (at SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature) evaluates hundreds of children’s books published every season. Only some make the grade and become the subject of book reviews.

The Book Review Service has just published 73 new reviews of children’s books that were published in Fall 2009. These include:
*Pop-up and ABC Books
*Picture Books (including offerings by Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Mahy, and Leo Lionni)
*Beginning Readers (see Carole Weatherford’s "First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet" and Jane Yolen’s "Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World")
*Middle Grade Fiction (e.g., Walter Dean Meyer’s "Jazz")
*Young Adult and Graphic Novels (including a favorite, Matt de la Pena’s "We Were Here")
*as well as a special section on novels inspired by Norse mythology

This season’s reviews are the work of ten individuals–some students, some faculty (some past, some present). Responsible for eight essays (among them evaluations of editions of "Alice in Wonderland," "Make Way for Ducklings," and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod") is special contributor Peter Neumeyer, a book columnist for the Boston Globe and the now retired founder of SDSU’s Children’s Literature Program.

The Book Review Service is directed by Professor Alida Allison. It is mounted on the internet by the very tech savvy Emily Moore. And after they are evaluated, books sent by the publishers are donated to SDSU’s Love Library and to schools in San Diego County.

Contact: Alida Allison at

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