of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors,
illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for
children--and nurturing their love of reading.
Family of Readers is the definitive resource for parents interested in
enriching the reading lives of their children. It’s divided into four
1. Reading to Them: Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children.
2. Reading with Them: Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books.
3. Reading on Their Own: Exploring what children read--and how they read--by genre and gender.
4. Leaving Them Alone: Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult.
Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief
of The Horn Book, which since 1924 has been America’s best source for
reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting
books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, in this essential
resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editors at the
magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to
(and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists
as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka,
as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the
genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers’ companion
to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring
young adult novels.
Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996;
previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and
a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library
science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer
College in 1978.
V. Parravano has also been at The Horn Book since 1989 and is now the
magazine’s executive editor. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.