Meagan Lacy, Guttman Information Literacy Librarian, is the co-author with Pauline Dewan, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, of Connecting Children with Classics: A Reader-Centered Approach to Selecting and Promoting Great Literature (ABC-CLIO, 2018, ISBN 978-1-4408-4439-3).
This readers’ advisory and collection development guide identifies hundreds of books that can help children connect with books and develop into engaged readers. It enables children’s librarians, collection development specialists in public libraries, and K–8 school librarians and teachers to choose from the best in traditional and modern children’s titles.
The book focuses on readers and their needs, rather than simply categorizing books by their characteristics and features as traditional literature guides do. Taking this unusual perspective brings forth powerful new tools and curricular ideas on how to promote the classics, and how to best engage with young readers and meet their personal and emotional needs to boost interest and engagement.