oa South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Who next ...? A guide to children's authors, Viv Warren and Mary Yardley (Eds.) : book review

Volume 75, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-8861



Since they believe reading to be fun and a wonderful privilege and opportunity to enter new and different worlds, parents, teachers and public librarians all strive to promote reading. They want kids to enjoy reading, and widen their horizons in the ongoing search for new and exciting authors. Often this is difficult, because kids claim to have read everything of interest, and the promoters' recommendations are limited by their own reading experiences and knowledge of authors a particular kid may like. Their only alternative is then to rely on what other parents, teachers and librarians recommend certainly a shortcoming in a world marked by a booming publishing industry and strong competition form the Internet and interactive computer games. Like the previous two editions, the latest edition of can help them to address this challenge by offering a ready reference work on children's fiction and authoritative recommendations on authors who write alike. What better way than a colourful, glossy, easy to handle publication to stimulate a child's reading interests and to widen his / her reading experiences and to save face in not admitting that you are at wits end in making a good recommendation?

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