Great Books for Girls: More Than 600 Recommended Books for Girls Ages 3-14

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Ballantine Books, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 417 pages
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Completely revised and updated with nearly 300 new titles, "Great Books for Girls" remains an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to help shape the literary life of a young girl.

Five years ago Ballantine published "Great Books for Girls" to remarkable acclaim. More than just a list of titles, it was the first guide to help girls find books that would inspire, challenge, and ultimately nurture them. The last five years have seen enormous strides for girls and also children's publishing. With this in mind, Kathleen Odean has thoroughly updated the original edition. As before, each entry is ranked by reading level and includes a brief commentary about the book's content. Out of print or difficult to obtain books have been replaced with books published in the last five years that readers can find in most libraries and bookstores. It is important for young girls to have the right role models and Odean's book is one way parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends can be sure girls are empowered by what they read.

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About the author (2002)

Kathleen Odean has been a children's librarian for fifteen years, first in
California and now at Moses Brown School, a Friends school in Providence,
Rhode Island.  She grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and graduated
from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Odean then lived in
Berkeley, California for eight years, where she earned a Master's of
Library and Information Science as well as an M.A. in Folklore at
University of California.

Her peers across the country recognize Odean as an expert in children's
literature.  She was recently elected to the Caldecott Award Committee by
her fellow children's librarians and was also a member of the 1991 Newbery
Award Committee.  From 1991 through 1993, she served on the Notable
Children's Book Committee of the American Library Association, a national
committee of nine which evaluates all of the year's children's books.  
Odean has also been a reviewer of children's books for School Library
Journal since 1985.

The author of the groundbreaking work Great Books for Girls: More Than 600
Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women
(Ballantine Books,
1997) and High Steppers, Fallen Angels, and Lollipops: Wall Street Slang
(Henry Holt Owl Paperbacks, 1989) on the folklore and slang of the stock
market, Odean has also done some free-lance writing.

Odean has been talking about the importance of books in children's lives
on NBC-TV's Today and with newspapers, local television and radio shows
across the country.

She lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with her husband, Ross Cheit, a
professor at Brown University.

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