Essays on American writers for children during the period between 1960 and the mid-1980s. Focus is given to the major themes and trends that were evolving in children's literature at this time: child abuse; separation and divorce; sexual mores; drug abuse; insights into death and the meaning of life; regional, national, and international social issues and concerns; historical fiction illuminating contemporary issues through parallel past experiences of humankind.
The second of two volumes in this series on American writers for children since 1960. Comprises 32 biocritical essays, a critical afterword, an appendix giving information on children's book awards and prizes, and a bibliography. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Representative and comprehensive view of the range or writers and writer-artists who played vital roles in creating "Childhood's Golden Era." Also includes entries on writers and individuals who have significantly influenced the writing and art of others for children.
Unique in its coverage of contemporary American children's literature, Children's Books and Their Creators is a timely single-volume reference covering the books our children are - or could be - reading now, from board books to young adult novels. Entries by nearly 200 experts inform and guide readers about every aspect of children's literature. What picture books best satisfy children's curiosity and capture their imaginations? When should children be introduced to science and poetry? Should parents worry if their teenagers read thrillers and comics? Children's Books and Their Creators includes overviews such as "Easy Readers," "Sports Stories," and "Holocaust Literature for Children," as well as entries on creators such as Judy Blume, Dr. Seuss, and Chris Van Allsburg. Reflecting the flourishing state of multicultural publishing, the book features contributions by and about Native American, African American, Latino, and Asian American writers, including Michael Dorris, Virginia Hamilton, Gary Soto, and Allen Say. This 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 Macauley, and others.