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This best-selling standard reference resource offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. This 7th edition adds more than 4,000 titles published since 2001. An introduction discusses the history and amazing growth This best-selling standard reference resource offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. This 7th edition adds more than 4,000 titles published since 2001. An introduction discusses the history and amazing growth of English-language picture books. "A to Zoo" is useful for both reader's advisory and collection building.


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This best-selling standard reference resource offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. This 7th edition adds more than 4,000 titles published since 2001. An introduction discusses the history and amazing growth This best-selling standard reference resource offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. This 7th edition adds more than 4,000 titles published since 2001. An introduction discusses the history and amazing growth of English-language picture books. "A to Zoo" is useful for both reader's advisory and collection building.

30 review for A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    A to Zoo is an extensive subject based reader's advisory reference for children's picture books. The edition that I was able to to check out from the library was the 6th edition, published in 2001. From what I can tell, aside from having less titles, this edition is identical to the more current 7th edition (published in 2008). A to Zoo allows the user to locate books in four different ways; by subject, by author, by book title, or by illustrator. In the "Subject Guide" users are given a list of A to Zoo is an extensive subject based reader's advisory reference for children's picture books. The edition that I was able to to check out from the library was the 6th edition, published in 2001. From what I can tell, aside from having less titles, this edition is identical to the more current 7th edition (published in 2008). A to Zoo allows the user to locate books in four different ways; by subject, by author, by book title, or by illustrator. In the "Subject Guide" users are given a list of books (Author, Title) that fit under each subject. In the "Bibliographic Index" users are given full bibliographic information for each book, listed by author. The bibliographic information also includes a list of subjects for each book. If the user does not know the author of a certain book, but does know either the title or the illustrator, they can look up books in the "Title Index" or the "Illustrator Index". Entries in both of these indexes are cross referenced to the "Bibliographic Index". This is a invaluable resource for librarians in public libraries and schools. If a librarian wants to do a storytime, book display or program that focuses on a single topic, that can easily find books on that topic using this reference book. Public and school librarians can use this book to help students find books on particular subjects. This book can also be used for collection development insofar as librarians can find titles to fill holes in their collection. For example, if a library does not have any books on Kwanzaa, a list of books about Kwanzaa can be found under the heading "Holidays-Kwanzaa". I especially like the "Illustrator Index" feature. I am often drawn to books by their illustrations, and with this resource and I can find more books by that same illustrator.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    WHAT A FIND!! I got this at a library book sale for 50 cents!! It is a reference book for children's picture books. It is broken into five parts: 1) Subject Headings-An alphabetical list of the subjects catalogued in the book. 2) Subject Guide-"This guide to nearly 23,000 picture books for preschool children (although it contains a lot of books I've already read to Hattie, so it's appropriate for toddlers, too) through second graders is catalogued under more than 1,200 subjects." As I was flippi WHAT A FIND!! I got this at a library book sale for 50 cents!! It is a reference book for children's picture books. It is broken into five parts: 1) Subject Headings-An alphabetical list of the subjects catalogued in the book. 2) Subject Guide-"This guide to nearly 23,000 picture books for preschool children (although it contains a lot of books I've already read to Hattie, so it's appropriate for toddlers, too) through second graders is catalogued under more than 1,200 subjects." As I was flipping through the pages, I noted that there are books on every subject you can think of: moving, morning, poetry, plants, rhyming text, holidays, first day of school, and on and on and on!!! 3) Bibliographic Guide-"Each book is listed with full bibliographic information. This section is arranged alphabetically by author, or by title when the author is unknown, or by uniform (classic) title." 4) Title Index-"This section contains an alphabetical list of all the titles in the book..." 5) Illustrator Index-A list of illustrators with titles in parenthesis. This is such a great tool for when you've got a child that goes through phases of being interested in different subjects: dinosaurs, cars, dolls, etc. Or when you want to share books about different celebrations and don't know where to find a book. I am so excited to have this book!!! If any of you want to borrow it or peruse through it, you're welcome to. It's in perfect shape. I bought the 6th Edition, not the 7th as is listed in the title here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim Thomas

    Lima, J., Lima, C. 2006. A to zoo: subject access to children's books. Libraries Unlimited. Type of Reference: Dictionary Call Number: REF 011.6 Description: This is a picture dictionary for young children. It has many illustrations to help young children find words in the dictionary. This is for children between the age of 5-7. The book is also divided into 5 sections to make it easier for children to find what they are looking for. Review: Library Journal The latest edition of this standard referen Lima, J., Lima, C. 2006. A to zoo: subject access to children's books. Libraries Unlimited. Type of Reference: Dictionary Call Number: REF 011.6 Description: This is a picture dictionary for young children. It has many illustrations to help young children find words in the dictionary. This is for children between the age of 5-7. The book is also divided into 5 sections to make it easier for children to find what they are looking for. Review: Library Journal The latest edition of this standard reference work has grown to 1800 pages listing nearly 23,000 titles. Once again, the material is divided into five sections: subject headings, subject guides, bibliographic guides, title indexes, and illustrator indexes. This arrangement enables the reader to locate books on a particular topic and to determine the subject of a specific book when only the author, illustrator, or title is known. The more than 1200 subject headings are augmented by subheadings and cross references, which is especially useful because this tool is as much for reader's advisory as it is for collection building. Full bibliographic information for each title included is provided in the bibliographic guide, although price and in-print status are not. This is not a problem, however, since reader's advisory use doesn't usually require pricing information, and there are now several electronic means of obtaining such information quickly and easily. As in previous editions, there is an excellent introductory essay titled "Genesis of the English-Language Picture Book," with as many suggested titles for further reading as might be found on a children's literature course syllabus. About the only drawback is the lack of annotations, but had these been added for each title included, the book would rival the Manhattan telephone directory in size. All in all, this remains an essential resource for just about any reference collection. Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. School Library Journal. (2013). Editorial reviews. Retrieved from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-zo...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lamantia

    Reviewed by: Elizabeth LaMantia Format: Bibliography Item Title (APA Style): Lima, J. A., & Lima, C. W. (2006). A to zoo: subject access to children's picture books 7th ed;. Libraries Unlimited. Call number: Reviewed in: Dobda, K. W. (2006). [A to Zoo]. Collection Management, 31(3), 102-103. Price: $84.00 Description: Picture book guide arranged by subject. Relevance and Relationship: This book would be appropriate for the collection analyzed during my field experience hours because it is appropriate f Reviewed by: Elizabeth LaMantia Format: Bibliography Item Title (APA Style): Lima, J. A., & Lima, C. W. (2006). A to zoo: subject access to children's picture books 7th ed;. Libraries Unlimited. Call number: Reviewed in: Dobda, K. W. (2006). [A to Zoo]. Collection Management, 31(3), 102-103. Price: $84.00 Description: Picture book guide arranged by subject. Relevance and Relationship: This book would be appropriate for the collection analyzed during my field experience hours because it is appropriate for an elementary school in helping to build their collection of picture books. Picture books are used a great deal by librarians and teachers in the elementary setting. Purpose: This book contains information regarding close to 1,000 picture books that would be appropriate for elementary. This would be useful to the school librarian when deciding which picture books to add to the media center collection. It would also be helpful when assisting teachers or parents in locating picture books by subject, author, or illustrator. Validity: This book has been well reviewed by Booklist and Library Journal. It includes titles that have also received awards and this information is included. This book is in its 7th edition. Format: This book is in print. Arrangement and Presentation: Close to 1,000 titles arranged by subject. Also lists bibliographic index. Diversity: This book is available in English and is appropriate for adult reference. A variety of subjects are covered in this book to include books related to diversity.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Mulvihill

    This is my first choice in locating children's books according to a subject, topic, or theme. Although our library has access to Novelist and several other online resources that provide book reviews in addition to read-alikes, A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books is a handy in-print tool for librarians and parents. Although the copyright is 2010, it is a good starting point when thinking about creating a storytime according to one theme or topic. It includes an index of subject h This is my first choice in locating children's books according to a subject, topic, or theme. Although our library has access to Novelist and several other online resources that provide book reviews in addition to read-alikes, A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books is a handy in-print tool for librarians and parents. Although the copyright is 2010, it is a good starting point when thinking about creating a storytime according to one theme or topic. It includes an index of subject headings, titles, and illustrators in addition to the main body of the book -- the subject guide. It also features a bibliographic guide. Parents who may not find it convenient to own this book at home should be able to find it at the children's library reference desk where they live. It's sometimes easier to browse the pages of this book than to follow an endless series of hyperlinks online.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Everhart

    Lima, C. & Thomas, R. (2006). A to Zoo: Subject access to children’s picture books. 7th ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Call Number: R 011.62 LIM Description: A guide of over 14,000 titles listed which covers 800 subjects and are indexed by author, title, and illustrator. Relevance and Relationship: With a large diverse population, both educators and students will use this source to locate published works on a variety of topics. Purpose: To provide educators and students a list of children’s Lima, C. & Thomas, R. (2006). A to Zoo: Subject access to children’s picture books. 7th ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Call Number: R 011.62 LIM Description: A guide of over 14,000 titles listed which covers 800 subjects and are indexed by author, title, and illustrator. Relevance and Relationship: With a large diverse population, both educators and students will use this source to locate published works on a variety of topics. Purpose: To provide educators and students a list of children’s picture books on numerous titles. Validity: This source is continually updated and is listed in Wilson’s Children’s Catalog and has been reviewed by Booklist. Format: One volume that includes an easy to search index. Arrangement and Presentation: Arranged alphabetically for easy location, includes subject, author and illustrators. Diversity: Culturally diverse works can be located quickly and easily. Reviews: Loertscher, D. (2006). A to Zoo: Subject access to children’s picture books. Teacher Librarian, 30(5), p.78.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sonya Dayman

    A to zoo: Subject access to children’s picture books. (2006). Westport: Libraries Unlimited. Citation by: Sonya Dayman Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Ref 011.62 Content/Scope: This reference resource includes information about fiction and nonfiction books for children. It includes over 4000 titles that have been published since 2001. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book includes many titles from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. Arrangement/Presentation: It has a subject guide, a bibl A to zoo: Subject access to children’s picture books. (2006). Westport: Libraries Unlimited. Citation by: Sonya Dayman Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Ref 011.62 Content/Scope: This reference resource includes information about fiction and nonfiction books for children. It includes over 4000 titles that have been published since 2001. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book includes many titles from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. Arrangement/Presentation: It has a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. It is very easy to use. Relation to other works: Accessibility/Diversity: The titles included in this book address diversity, different ethnicities, and considers linguistic diversities. Cost: $80 Professional Review: (2006). Booklist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bella Foxygobble

    I am a homeschooling mother of three. This is another library reference book that I kept referring to at the library when I was planning out some of our interest-led curriculum. My time is valuable, so I ended up purchasing an ex-lib copy from amazon so I could have this to use in the comfort of my own home. This was worth every cent as I refer to it pretty much daily. My Ratings: 5*****I loved this book, consider it an all time favorite 4**** Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will recommend it 3*** I I am a homeschooling mother of three. This is another library reference book that I kept referring to at the library when I was planning out some of our interest-led curriculum. My time is valuable, so I ended up purchasing an ex-lib copy from amazon so I could have this to use in the comfort of my own home. This was worth every cent as I refer to it pretty much daily. My Ratings: 5*****I loved this book, consider it an all time favorite 4**** Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will recommend it 3*** I liked it well enough, 2** Brain Candy - It was okay. Writing mediocre, will keep/re-read if part of a series 1* didn't like/possibly not finished. (less)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    What a fantastic resource to help you find children's books to match up with your lessons! I need to have this in my classroom!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Basically lists picture books for any topic you can think of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ragan

    good book for children!

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Excellent!

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