Review In A Nutshell:
Title: The Childrens Literature Lovers Book of Lists
Author: Joanna Sullivan, Ed.D.
Overall Rating (1-10): 8
Value (1-10): 9
Flexibility (1-10): 10
Ages/Grades: PreK- Grade 6
Review: This is such a neat book of lists. If you are ever at a loss for what constitutes good quality literature, this is the book for you. I gave it a slightly lower rating because I found the format somewhat overwhelming and difficult to use. Once you get the hang of it, however, this book is a great resource to keep at hand for homeschooling families!
The book is broken into three main sections by grade. I’ll review the lists shared in each of the three main sections.
The first section is for Pre-K through Grade 1. It is subdivided and then further subdivided into categories by book type. There are lists for Favorite books (Classic and All-Time Favorites, Read-Aloud Favorites, Favorite Author Series, Favorite Publisher Series), lists for Emergent Readers (Alphabet books, Board books, Concept books, Flap books, Pop-up books, Predictable Books, Sound Awareness books and Wordless Picture Books), lists for Story and Picture Books (Picture Books, Animal Stories and Folktale and Fairy-Tale Read-Aloud), lists for Books in Content Areas (Books for Math, Science, Social Studies, Math, Feelings and Conflicts, Holidays and Traditions, Music, Dance and the Arts and sports)and finally lists for Poetry and Language books (Mother Good and Nursery Rhymes, Rhyming Books, Poetry, Jokes, riddles, and Trick Books).
The next section contains lists for books aimed at Grades 2 and 3. There are lists for Favorite Books (Classics and All-Time Favorites, Favorite Chapter Books, Favorite Author Series, Favorite Publisher Series), lists of books for Beginning Readers (realistic fiction, animal stories, folktale and fairy-tale read-aloud, Cinderella variants from around the world and fractured fairy tales), lists of books in the content areas (math, science, social studies, multicultural books, biographies, books about feelings and conflicts, books about holidays and traditions, books about music, art and dance, and sports books), lists of poetry and reference books.
The third section is for books aimed at grades 4 through 6. It is subdivided into lists of favorite books (classics, recent favorites, picture books for older readers, favorite author series, favorite publishers series), lists of books for fluent readers (realistic fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folktales, fairy tales and myths, friends and family, humorous books and ghost stories and mystery stories), lists of books in the content areas (math, science, social studies, historical fiction, multicultural books, biographies, books about feelings and conflict, holidays and traditions, music, dance and art and sports books), lists of poetry, language and reference books (poetry, fun with language: idioms, homonyms, palindromes, oxymoron, and riddles, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and computer books).
There are additional sections in the back of the book with book lists based on award winners, recommended literature lists, and more!
And last but definitely not least, there are lists of web sites for children’s literature, teacher resources, and magazines for children and author websites! I love a book with internet resources!!!
I know this isn’t a very interesting review of the book. It’s hard to write interestingly about a book of lists!!! But suffice it to say this is a valuable resource for anyone homeschooling elementary aged children! I hope this author opts to write a book for middle and high school aged children as well! I’d even love one for myself!
Bottom Line: For the price (around $20), you will have years and years of book recommendations for just about everything you could possibly need through your homeschooling experience!