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Children's nonfiction for adult information needs : an annotated bibliography
Riechel, Rosemarie, 1937-
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North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Professional Publications, 1998.
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xv, 152 pages ; 23 cm
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Z1033.H53 R53 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Other subjects covered are architecture, art and music, computer technology, cookery and food, cultural mores and institutions, history and geography, language arts and communication, medicine and health, science and engineering, and the social sciences.

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Booklist Review

How do you deal with new adult readers? Sometimes information is presented in sophisticated language they can't read. Yet children's books can be condescending to the mature mind. On the other hand, some children's titles offer good information for even the most well-read adult. This annotated bibliography tries to identify those youth nonfiction titles that can provide needed material for adults. The list contains more than 175 nonfiction books that might be found in public library children's departments. Materials are classified into 15 popular subject areas such as social sciences, sports, and technology. Materials were chosen from library and literacy program recommendations, and had to meet the following criteria: clear and easy reading, accurate and well researched, appealing illustrations, popular but complex topics, and few "childish" features. The titles also had to be reasonably available and current. The author does not intend to be exhaustive, but to include the most popular subjects and valuable titles. Each entry is between a half to a full page long, with an extensive description and analysis in terms of adult needs. Features such as series, glossary, bibliography, and index are also noted. Examples of the selected titles include Facts On File's How Skyscrapers Are Made; Scholastic's We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909; titles in the pet books series published by T.F.H.; and titles in the Eyewitness series published by Knopf. At the end of each subject section are listed between one and 15 related titles. The volume concludes with an author/title and a subject index. This resource should prove useful for libraries serving adults that have special reading needs. Even apart from their value for the limited-proficiency adult reader, the selections are strong enough to be considered for most public libraries--and probably many high-school libraries as well. Some public libraries now interfile children's and adult titles, which makes it particularly easy to offer these kinds of books to adults. Even in libraries where the adult and children's books are separated, however, the books cited in Children's Nonfiction for Adult Information Needs would probably fit in well with other more "adult" offerings.

Library Journal Review

Adults who cannot read English well are no less curious than those with exemplary reading ability. Unfortunately, the adult nonfiction book collection may only discourage adults with inadequate reading skills. In an effort to meet the information needs of these readers, this bibliography identifies 175 nonfiction children's books appropriate for adults. Retired from the Queens Borough Public Library System in New York, Riechel has previously published books in the area of reference service (e.g., Public Library Services to Business, Professional Reading, LJ 8/94). Her current work is a valuable aid to both reference librarians and literacy tutors searching for ways to encourage adult readers while demonstrating the benefits of reading. Annotations are grouped into 15 popular categories, such as Nature, Sports, Pets, Transportation, and Biography. Each annotation provides an informative summary, and the clear, uncluttered format of the entire work makes it a joy to use.¬ĎSusan K. Dunman, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Author's notep. xv
Architecturep. 1
Art and Musicp. 6
Biographyp. 15
Computer Technologyp. 29
Cookery and Foodp. 34
Cultural Mores and Institutionsp. 40
History and Geographyp. 48
Language Arts and Communicationp. 66
Medicine and Healthp. 74
Nature and Natural Historyp. 83
Pets and Pet Carep. 101
Science and Engineeringp. 107
Social Sciencesp. 117
Sportsp. 126
Transportationp. 134
Author/Title Indexp. 141
Subject Indexp. 149