Children's Authors and Illustrators Too Good to Miss:
Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

by Sharron L. McElmeel
Published by Libraries Unlimited

Forty-five of the best authors/illustrators are profiled in this up-to-date reference book.

A Summary from the Publisher:
Who are today's must-know children's authors and illustrators? McElmeel's ready reference introduces you to some of the hottest new names in children's literature, and reacquaints you with established authors and illustrators who are just now becoming recognized for their contributions to the field. You'll find engaging biographical sketches, photos, selected bibliographies, and lists of resources for 45 authors and illustrators, including Laurie Halse Anderson, Haemi Balgassi, Toni Buzzeo, David Diaz, Kate DiCamillo, Linda Sue Park, Chris Soentpiet, Anastasia Suen, Simms Taback, and many more. This all-new new volume is a current and affordable update to Popular Authors Series. Students will enjoy using it as a resource for reports and research papers, and librarians will find it a handy reference and collection development tool. A great addition to the elementary school library and to the children's room at the public library. Grades K-6

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Children's Authors and Illustrators Too Good to Miss

What reviewers have to say:

"[The forty-five authors/illustrators featured] are the award-winners not only of today, but also the stars of tomorrow.  If you are using one of McElmeel's authors in a learning unit or are searching for a great author to introduce in your classroom or library, this is a great book." — Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children; Winter2006.

"Sharron McElmeel's introduction on connecting with books and their creators is a "must" read.  Consider it a professional development pep talk!... this ready-reference title will prove useful for collection development, reading connection and read-aloud ideas, reader's advisory, and biographical information that may not be available elsewhere." -- Library Media Connection

McElmeel's text presents a snapshot to guide readers to develop a sense of curiosity about the author, to learn more about the attributes of authorship, and to develop a deep appreciation for literature. Educators and scholars will find great utility in the text to support both pedagogical and literary pursuits. -- Review published in The International Research Society for Children's Literature: Book Reviews; reviewed by Mary Napoli, Assistant Professor of Reading, Penn State Harrisburg.  Read the entire review. 

"A must-have addition to both the elementary school library and the children's room at the public library..."  -- Advance Book Reviews  Complete review.

McElmeel ... provides ... a look at a diverse group of accomplished authors and illustrators, some of whom have not yet received national recognition... She provides background information on each one and for some there is a reproduction of a handwritten letter from the creator to his/her fans, a nice effort to build a sense of real communication between the two.   The appendix lists those authors who agreed to share a point of contact, be it an e-mail address, a Web site, or a publishing house, a useful tool for fans young and old." -- School Library Journal

"McElmeel (University of Wisconsin-Stout) introduces readers to 45 emerging and established children's authors and illustrators. ... While the book is written for elementary and middle school students, it will also be useful for educators and librarians." -- Book News, Inc  Complete review.

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Children's Authors and Illustrators Too Good to Miss: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies. 2004. 220p. appendix. illus, index. Libraries Unlimited, $48.00 ISBN: 1591580277

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