Guidelines for Creating a Usable Book List

Your book list will be your record of the childrenís books you have read this semester. (75-100 books)

It will be a record of your growth in:

        Selecting and evaluating childrenís books

        Making connections among books

        Making connections among books and readers (children, classmates, family, and friends)

        Thinking and writing about literature

Each entry in your reading list will include:

(1) author and illustrator name(s)

(2) Book Title underlined

(3) publisherís name

(4) date of publication, and

(5) annotation.

        Writing annotations is an art

        Note first impressions, basic facts, and questions as you read (in the library, in class)

        Edit and type later

        For some books you may want to write lots, but for other just a sentence or two

        I will push you to write more, to think more deeply

        Annotations allow you to practice thinking and writing about literature, to explore contradictory feelings and questions

        They are a process that will reveal your growth

        They need not be finished products

        Donít attempt to retell the story Ė summarize in one sentence and concentrate on your response to the book

        One quotation can be worth a thousand words, give flavor, and help you remember

        Go beyond liking and disliking to explore why you feel as you do

        Consider the authorís goal, intended audience, choice of techniques (artwork, writing style, genre, organization)?

        What worked, and what didnít?

        Compare with similar books

        How might you use this book with children, which children, with what other books?

        The word "cute" is a four-letter word that is not allowed!


"Literature is words that provoke interpretation."-- Alan Garner (interview with Donna White).