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Dr. Mary Ellen Van Camp
Copyright © 1997-2004 Mary Ellen Van Camp. All Rights Reserved.

Children's Literature
and the Real World

Annotated Bibliography
Dr. Mary Ellen Van Camp
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

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The following annotated bibliography provides book recommendations and information for teachers, parents, librarians and others who regularly select books for children. The books listed here are those which have won awards or have been reviewed and recommended for children of different ages by leaders in the field of Children's Literature.

In addition, this section of the Children's Literature Web Site provides links to other web sites with information about the topics addressed in the annotated books.

The list may change periodically, but over time will include some books for pre-readers, other books for young readers, and some books which are recommended only for older readers.

At present the bibliography focuses on informational and picture story books for children in grade 3 and up.

Bunting, Eve. Train to Somewhere. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. Clarion, 1996.

A Teachers Guide of the program

Another well-researched book about the orphan train riders:

Warren, Andrea. Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. Ellis Island: Gateway to the New World. Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher. Photos provided by the National Park Service.
New York: Holiday House, 1986.

Spier, Peter. The Legend of New Amsterdam. Doubleday, 1979.

Van Leeuwen, Jean. Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey. Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen. New York: Dial Books for
Young Readers, 1995.

The "Children's Literature and the Real World" pages

were created on March 27, 1997.

The section was revised on November 21, 2002.

Copyright © 1997-2001 Mary Ellen Van Camp. All rights reserved.

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