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The Holocaust in literature for youth : a guide and resource book
Sullivan, Edward T., 1966-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 259 pages ; 23 cm
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Z6374.H6 S85 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Holocaust in Literature for Youth provides classroom teachers and public and school librarians a practical, comprehensive resource guide to all of the literature available for children and young adults on the subject. In addition to books about the Holocaust, there is a section called "Making Connections," which lists works pertaining to themes and other genocides and historical events that can easily be tied to any study of the Holocaust. Activities and lesson plans that address a number of curriculum areas may be used in their entirety or as springboards for the educator's own supplementary material. Holocaust education should be more than just the study of the names, dates, and places; it must go beyond the superficial highlights of the textbooks. To that end, the author has included a listing of Internet and electronic resources for educators and their students; a directory of museums and other educational organizations that can provide further information and support; and extensive references to professional resources that can be used by educators at all levels to help them shape their curriculum and teaching strategies. An outstanding resource--well-organized and informative.

Author Notes

Edward T. Sullivan (M.A. English Literature, M.S. Library and Information Sciences) is currently Senior Project Librarian for the New York Public Library's Connecting Libraries and Schools Project (CLASP). CLASP is an outreach program to K-8 students and their parents and teachers. His articles have appeared in journals such as VOYA, and he is an active member of YALSA.

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Booklist Review

With more and more states now requiring that the Holocaust be part of the curriculum, this authoritative bibliography and discussion is highly recommended for teachers and librarians working with students from the elementary grades through high school. As well as the annotated bibliographies of anthologies, autobiography and biography, drama, fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry, there are also guides to reference books and professional resources, including electronic sites and a directory of museums. In addition, there are useful booktalks, classroom activities, and lesson plans. Not all the annotations are positive, and the criticism raises important issues; there is, however, a recommended core Holocaust collection for a school library. The style is direct and committed, though the constant use of the impersonal pronoun "one" is stiff and jarring. Sullivan is passionate about the need to teach the Holocaust, not as a uniquely Jewish experience, but in connection with many instances of genocide, prejudice, and persecution, through history and right now, and he includes excellent bibliographies and discussions about making those connections. There are useful indexes by author, title, grade, subject, and geography. --Hazel Rochman

Library Journal Review

This is a comprehensive bibliography, suitable for use from elementary school through high school, revealing the full scope of Holocaust literature for youth, including those books that are "good, mediocre, and poor." The titles are not listed by grade level, but by genre. The basic arrangement is: "Anthologies"; "Autobiography and Biography"; "Drama"; "Fiction"; "Nonfiction"; "Picture Books"; "Poetry and Songs"; "Reference"; and "Making Connections," which includes related subjects such as anti-Semitism, apartheid, genocide, and the horrors of war. All of the entries have complete bibliographic information and brief annotations-critical in some cases-and grade levels. In addition, Sullivan provides a listing of electronic resources, a directory of museums and other educational organizations, and professional resources. The booktalks and activities contributed by librarians are useful additions, as are Sullivan's lists of suggested core collections for elementary, middle, and high school libraries. Author, geographic, grade, subject, and title indexes are included. An outstanding contribution to the field.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.