Almost everyone has heard the phrase: "A picture is worth a thousand words," and this book focuses on the very picture books that have intrigued and entranced readers young and old since the first one was published. Readers will learn about the basic types of picture books they are likely to find in their school libraries or books stores, starting with board books for babies and moving up to picture books for adults. Examples include authors and books that are sure to pique the interest of any reader.
Madeleine L’Engle is a famous writer of fantasy for young people. Her best-known book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, has been loved by generations of readers and lauded by critics. But some people claim that L’Engle’s writing endorses a New Age philosophy and they have asked that her books be removed from schools and libraries. Author Marilyn McClellan discusses L’Engle’s life and beliefs and analyzes two of her best known books. She also explores the history and present state of book censorship and helps readers form their own opinions about whether books should be banned.
With his novels THE CHOCOLATE WAR and I AM THE CHEESE, author Robert Cormier earned a reputation for writing novels that realistically and unflinchingly explored the tragic side of human nature. Each of his subsequent novels continued to illustrate the dark consequences of what happens when good people do not oppose the evil forces they encounter. Although his novels have been challenged in school libraries across the country, teens and adults applauded Cormier for taking on tough subjects that depicted realistic characters.