A to Zoo

Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, 10th Edition

by Rebecca L. Thomas


This beloved guide provides librarians with easy subject access to picture books for young children.

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June 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 1636
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Literature Reference Tools
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Literature, Lists and Special Collections

Whether used for thematic story times, program and curriculum planning, readers' advisory, or collection development, this updated edition of the well-known companion makes finding the right picture books for your library a breeze.

Generations of savvy librarians and educators have relied on this detailed subject guide to children's picture books for all aspects of children's services, and this new edition does not disappoint. Covering more than 18,000 books published through 2017, it empowers users to identify current and classic titles on topics ranging from apples to zebras.

Organized simply, with a subject guide that categorizes subjects by theme and topic and subject headings arranged alphabetically, this reference applies more than 1,200 intuitive (as opposed to formal catalog) subject terms to children's picture books, making it both a comprehensive and user-friendly resource that is accessible to parents and teachers as well as librarians. It can be used to identify titles to fill in gaps in library collections, to find books on particular topics for young readers, to help teachers locate titles to support lessons, or to design thematic programs and story times. Title and illustrator indexes, in addition to a bibliographic guide arranged alphabetically by author name, further extend access to titles.


  • Offers easy subject access to children's picture books
  • Features a user-friendly organization
  • Provides in-depth indexing and full bibliographic detail
Author Info

Rebecca L. Thomas, PhD, is a retired elementary school librarian. She has taught college courses on literature for children and adolescents, most recently at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Thomas is author or coauthor of previous editions of A to Zoo as well as author of Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers and Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers and coauthor of Across Cultures. She holds a doctorate in early and middle childhood education from the Ohio State University.

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