Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults 2000 Through 2004 by Isabel Schon


Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults 2000 Through 2004 by Isabel Schon

Whether used for the development and support of an existing collection or for the creation of a new collection serving Spanish-speaking young readers, this outstanding resource is an essential tool. Following the same format as the highly praised 1996-1999 edition, Schon presents critical annotations for 1300 books published between 2000 and 2004, including reference, nonfiction, and fiction. One section is devoted to publishers' series, and an appendix lists dealers who carry books in Spanish. Includes author, title, and subject indexes.


More than 1,300 Spanish language titles published between 2000 and 2004 are included in Schon's third compilation of recommended books for preschool through grade twelve. As in her previous collections, titles are categorized into reference, nonfiction (which is roughly sorted by Dewey order), series book, and fiction (both easy and general). Each entry includes both Spanish and English titles, publication information, an age recommendation, and a brief citation, which often includes information of specific interest to Spanish-speaking readers (whether a title employs Latin American or Peninsular Spanish, whether a pronunciation guide is included, whether the book was written in Spanish or translated, etc.). The citations provide detailed consideration of each title, and when warranted, honest criticism of the title's drawbacks. This extremely user-friendly guide remains a key resource for building or further developing a collection of Spanish-language materials. Of particular use for collection development purposes is the appendix of Spanish language book vendors; author, title, and subject indexes are included. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Dr Isabel Schon, founding director of the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University San Marcos, continues her superb compilation of Spanish titles for both children and young adults...Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults: 2000 through 2004 has endless uses for individuals interested in supplying high quality material for students requiring books in their native tongue or for children learning a new language. The subject groupings and the grade level notations for the intended audiences are the two most striking and beneficial features. These, together with the author and title indexing, the list of book dealers, and the informative annotations, make this a top priority resource that should be in school district offices, school libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries supporting teacher training programmes. Reference Reviews This eminent author/educator again produces an outstanding and useful reference for libraries wishing to add noteworthy literature in Spanish for children and young adults...This award-winning, Mexican American scholar's impeccable academic background, solid research, and lively writing style make this valuable tool not only educational but also entertaining reading. VOYA Isabel Schon is a national treasure. Long before anyone worried about the number of Spanish speakers from all over the world in our classrooms, Dr. Schon was documenting, recording, and annotating the best books in Spanish for children. In the current volume, Schon concentrates on the best books published in 2000-2004...Bottom line: Highly recommended for anyone building even a small collection of books in Spanish. Teacher Librarian As expected from this highly respected source, this is another thoroughly edited, well-written, and very useful bibliography that will be an essential selection aid where materials in Spanish are being purchased for children and young adults. American Reference Books Annual This collection development tool presents a selective overview of children's books published in Spanish during the past five years. Coverage ranges from reference works to popular fiction and nonfiction selections to preschool storybooks and includes items originally written in Spanish as well as Spanish-language translations. Titles are arranged according to broad categories (Poetry, Easy books, etc.) and can also be accessed through author, titles, and subject indexes. Entries consist of complete bibliographic citations and detailed annotations. Helpful features include listings of all titles in series, recommended grade levels and applications, and notes on translation variations or idiosyncrasies. An appendix lists contact information for Spanish book dealers. This current work profiles more than 1,300 books and follows previous editions covering 1991-1995 and 1996-1999. Librarians and media specialists seeking to build quality collections for their Spanish-speaking patrons will welcome this authoritative resource. Booklist, 8/1/2005

About the Author

Isabel Schon is Director and Founding Faculty of the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos. She has authored more than 20 books about literature for Latino and Spanish-speaking children and adolescents. Her previous Scarecrow publications include the Best of the Latino Heritage series (1996, 2003), Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults, 1991-1995 (1996) and Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults, 1996-1999 (2001).

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432 pages


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20th November 2004



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