Primary Genreflecting

A Guide to Picture Books and Easy Readers

by Susan Fichtelberg and Bridget Dealy Volz


Almost every library patron is looking for something specific, whether it's information for a research project, a certain type of media, or the work of a particular author. But what about your typical early reader, aged three to eight? They're as picky as any user group, and they're not very good at explaining what they want.

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October 2010

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 493
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Grade PreK-3
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Readers' Advisory Services
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Acquisition and Collection Development Guides

This valuable reference work and readers' advisory tool lists, describes, and organizes, according to reading interests, contemporary picture books and easy readers that satisfy the interests of children ages three to eight.

How can we help young children become successful adult readers? One powerful way to impact youth is to provide young readers and listeners with books that will pique their interest, setting them on the path to a life-long love of literature.

Primary Genreflecting: A Guide to Picture Books and Easy Readers provides library specialists, parents, teachers, and caregivers with 2,500 picture books and easy readers, sorted into 12 chapters and numerous subcategories. The selections range from ABC books to bedtime stories and fairy tales, from animal stories to books that portray life around the world. While some classics are included, this book focuses on titles published in the past ten years to ensure their availability. Each listing includes complete bibliographic information as well as suggested grade levels.


  • Identifies and describes more than 2,500 picture books and early readers for children ages three to eight
  • Organizes titles according to popular reading interests of children—from animal tales and humor to historical fiction and stories of the imagination
  • Indicates reading levels and award-winning titles
  • Provides multiple points of access through indexes of authors, titles, subjects, and award winners


  • Logically organizes titles by genre, subgenre, and theme for ease of use
  • Serves as a useful readers' advisory and collection development resource
  • Titles that are available in Spanish or bilingual editions are specifically noted
Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
Author Info

Susan Fichtelberg is a youth services librarian for the Woodbridge Public Library, Woodbridge, NJ. She presents best books for children programs at state and national conferences. She has been appointed chair of the 2012 Margaret A. Edwards committee.

Bridget Dealy Volz is a children's literature consultant and an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Children and Libraries (CAL). Her published works include Junior Genreflecting: A Guide to Good Reads and Series Fiction for Children. Volz was formerly head of children's service at Denver Public Library.

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