Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ATTENTION EDUCATION STUDENTS (and teachers, and parents, and babysitters, and "inner children)"

I am excited to tell you about one of our newer databases. Education majors, you will find this resource to be priceless! Picture Book Database brings you bibliographic information about thousands of picture books and illustrated books. This is tailor-made for your curriculum. You can search books based on age level, author, illustrator, artistic media, artistic style, character education, literacy ties (from audience participation to interlocking narratives,predictable patterns to phonemic awareness to rhythm and rhyme and wordplay), literary devices, origin, subjects and themes. You can even search specifically for picture books which have been made into movies. Soon they plan to incorporate Lexile and Accelerated Reading measures.

You can tell the people who designed this database were committed to education, too. Not only is it very user-friendly, it also offers clear instructions on how to search and get the best use out of the database, including a full list of subject terms.

If you want one of the books reviewed on the database and we don't have it in our library, you can always contact Stephanie, our Interlibrary Loan Specialist, and see if she can get it for you. You can email Stephanie at (Remember to allow time for the book to ship from another library).

You can access Picture Book Database from our library home page. It will be on the right-hand side of the site under "What's New."

I'd love to hear what you all think of this resource! I hope you are as excited about it as I am.

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