Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1990-1994: Books of Recognized Merit

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 473 pages
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Written for librarians, teachers, and researchers, this is the second five-year supplement to the authors' Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984 (Greenwood, 1986). Its 567 entries cover 189 award-winning children's books by 136 authors published from 1990 to 1994. Included are concise critical reviews of novels, biographical profiles of authors, and descriptions of memorable characters. An appendix lists books by the awards they have won, and an extensive index allows complete access to the wealth of material contained within this reference work.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries for those works that critics have singled out to receive awards or have placed on citation lists during the five years covered by the volume. The reference also contains biographical entries for leading authors of children's fiction, with entries focusing on how the author's life relates to children's literature and to particular works in this dictionary. The volume provides a list of awards, along with an appendix classifying individual works by the awards they have won. An extensive index provides full access to the wealth of information in this book.


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Page 20 - Picture books: Hugh Can Do, illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root, Crown, 1992. Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, illustrated by Mary Grandpre, Crown, 1993. Little Salt Lick and the Sun King, illustrated by Jon Goodell, Crown, 1994. That Terrible Baby, illustrated by Susan Meddaugh, Tambourine, 1994. The Whittler's Tale, illustrated by Valery Vasiliev, Tambourine, 1994. King Craw, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, Crown, 1995.

About the author (1996)

ALETHEA K. HELBIG is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. A former president of the Children's Literature Association, she has published more than one hundred articles in professional journals such as Children's Literature, and The Children's Literature Association Quarterly and reference books such as American Women Writers, Writers for Children, and Masterplots.

AGNES REGAN PERKINS is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She has published numerous articles in journals and reference books, including A Tolkien Compass, Unicorn, Children's Literature, The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Writers for Children, and Masterplots. She is co-compiler of the poetry anthologies New Coats and Strange Harbors (with Helen Hill), Straight on Till Morning, and Dusk to Dawn (both with Hill and Alethea Helbig).

Books written by Helbig and Perkins include: This Land Is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults (1994), Dictionary of Children's Fiction from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and Selected African Countries (1992), and Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1985-1989 (1993), all published by Greenwood Press.

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