With the abundance of children's literature available, librarians and teachers need to be able to identify the finest works. This reference book contains more than 500 entries on titles, authors, characters, settings, and other elements from 189 award-winning children's books by 136 twentieth-century authors. It is the second five-year supplement to the authors' Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984 (Greenwood, 1986) and a companion to their similar reference works on British children's fiction and children's literature from around the world. Included are alphabetically arranged entries for those works that critics have singled out to receive awards or have placed on citation lists during the five years covered by the volume. The reference also contains biographical entries for leading authors of children's fiction, with entries focusing on how the author's life relates to children's literature and to particular works in this dictionary. The volume provides a list of awards, along with an appendix classifying individual works by the awards they have won. An extensive index provides full access to the wealth of information in this book.
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