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Written in a personable tone, this book is filled with classroom applications and teaching strategies for teachers and parents of preschool and elementary children. Organized around genres, this book presents the basics of children's literature. Each genre chapter contains extensive up-to-date bibliographies-most with annotations-of books in print, and a few exceptional out-of-print books, and for each genre, there is a list of evaluation criteria. This book not only includes books about minorities in each chapter but it also features works by minority authors and illustrators. The author offers instructional and curriculum tie-ins to books throughout. For teachers and parents of children in preschool and elementary school.