Children's Books and Their Creators
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Reference - 800 pages
Anita Silvey, a leading authority in the field, has gathered information from nearly two hundred outstanding critics, writers, and artists to compile this companion to children's books. Covering genres, history, issues, authors, and illustrators, the volume emphasizes twentieth-century books, particularly those of the last fifty years. Children's Books and Their Creators includes articles on such topics as sports stories, easy readers, Holocaust literature for children, science fiction, and classics. Among the more than eight hundred entries are many that focus on individual writers, such as Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss, and Chris Van Allsburg. Reflecting the flourishing state of multicultural publishing, the book also contains contributions by and articles about Native American, African American, Latino, and Asian American writers, including Michael Dorris, Virginia Hamilton, Gary Soto, and Allen Say. The volume is enhanced by more than 175 illustrations in both black-and-white and color, featuring the work of Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Robert McCloskey, David Macaulay, and others. To express the vitality and sheer fun of children's books, seventy-five of today's most noteworthy writers and illustrators have contributed original essays commenting on their work's meaning to themselves and to children.
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Judy Bloom - Are you there God it's me Margaret.
Now 45 yrs old, in 1984 i gave birth too my first child, a girl. After reading that book, "are you there God it's me Margaret" so many years previous, it stuck with me and how many times it hit home with a young girls feelings, body changes, boyfriends, parent issues, etc. Today they have a book for everything, but for whatever it's worth, this is a book that your daughter WILL enjoy reading and will UNDERSTAND it and will probably pass on too her own daughter as i did many years after. Thank you Judy Bloom, you must be a mother because you hit that one on the head and after reading that book my daughter felt "hope" and not "so alone" that she is the only young female that goes through the things your women go through. So thank you.
I'd love a signed copy of that book to pass on too my grandchildren to pass on as they grow up.
Much obliged for your time, good writing, and last memories