An installment of the Library and Information Science Text Series, Children’s Literature in Action by Sylvia Vardell is an exhaustive mine of riches for the youth librarian or library student. Vardell starts with an introduction to children’s literature that includes a tour of areas as diverse as literacy, SSR (Sustained Silent Reading), Children’s Lit Awards, and a section on Readers’ Advisory for children that very briefly covers various RA resources that librarians may find useful in helping children find books, without going into the details of appeal factors or exactly how to go about providing RA services to children. Perhaps RA is given this quick rather than in-depth overview, as the rest of the book considers various genres in extensive detail.

It is impossible to discuss the whole book in one go, so my approach to this book will be to respond to particularly interesting ideas that are brought up by the author… a sort of reader response “journal” if you will, in the next few blog entries.