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Subject: Frequently asked questions for rec.arts.books.childrens

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Rec.Arts.Books.Childrens Frequently Asked Questions Document First Posted 3 January 1997 Modified 23 February 1997 Welcome to rec.arts.books.children, a usenet newsgroup for discussion of children's literature and related issues. The purpose of this FAQ is to help readers and posters understand how the group works, what types of questions and discussions are appropriate here, and also to catalog information on common (i.e. "frequently asked") questions. This document is posted weekly to RABC, misc.kids.info, misc.answers, and news.answers. It is available on the internet at http://www.cherryvalleybooks.com/RABC.htm The function of the group is defined by its charter: ************************************************************************ The unmoderated newsgroup rec.arts.books.children will be open to discussion of all aspects of children's literature. Topics for discussion in the group will include, but not be limited to: - book reviews - authors - discussion of issues raised by books ************************************************************************ Q: What is appropriate to post there? (Thank you for asking first!) Appropriate and welcome postings include any question or query related to the three charter issues. Discussion of literature, opinions of books, favorite books, book suggestions for certain topics or age groups, book awards, help with book IDs, and help with writing and publishing are commonly discussed here. Commercial postings: Recently, there has been controversy within the group over postings of commercial "For Sale" notices, long dealer wanted-to-buy lists (as opposed to an individual seeking a favorite book), web site announcements, etc. On many days these postings outweigh the discussion of literature, discouraging many frequent readers. It would be a shame to lose a discussion group, which includes some well known writers and editors, to a marketplace that no one but dealers will visit. Although the charter does not exclude any topic, these types of postings are clearly not the main focus of the group, and although not specifically disallowed, group discussion indicates they are clearly unwanted by a large majority of readers. If you choose to make these types of postings, you do so knowing that you are going against the goodwill of most of the group. You figure out whether or not that is good marketing practice. Some suggestions on how and where to deal in the book business are included in this document. Other Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is the title, author, etc., of this book? 2. Is this book still in print? 3. How can I get information on an out of print book? 4. Can I post here about finding or selling dolls, toys, clothes, etc.? 5. How can I advertise books for sale? 6. Can I post a list of books that I want to buy in this newsgroup? 7. Where can I find reviews of children's books? 8. Are there other newsgroups related to children's books? 9. I've written or want to write/illustrate a children's book. How do I go about writing/publishing it? 10. What other WWW resources are devoted to children's books? 11. Where can I find lists of award-winning books? 12. What order is the Narnia Series supposed to be in? 13. How many Oz books were there and what were they? 14. Which children's books have been banned in the USA and why? 15. How do I (or my class) write to/contact an author? Q1: What is the title, author, etc., of this book? Many people have a book read in childhood of which they can't remember the title or author. Fortunately, there is an active body of children's book readers, dealers, authors, and collectors in r.a.b.c. who may be able to help. Also, ask at your local library first - don't waste that good resource. The key to finding these lost treasures lies in describing them as thoroughly as possible. Label your posting title clearly so that it will be read - include ID or "need help with ID" in the titles. Start with the obvious: theme, size, pages, illustrations, etc. Do you remember part of the title or anything about the author? What year did you read it (it won't be any newer than that)? Where did you read it (some books are regional)? Was it part of a series? Every detail brings you one tiny step closer to finding it, whether you simply enjoy the tremendous satisfaction of simply remembering or you then initate a search for a copy to buy.=20 Q2: Is this book still in print? Any independent bookstore, on or off the web, should be able to search the books in print database for you. You can also see the printed version, published annually, at your local library.=20 Q3: How can I get information on an out of print book? Any good used bookseller can help you with this. The official (U.S.) Books-Out-Of-Print database is now available on the web: http://www.reedref.com/bowker/index.html You will have to be assigned a user ID and password, but that is done at the site and is free. You can search by author, title, subject, series, or ISBN Q4: Can I post here about finding or selling dolls, toys, clothes, etc.? Unless there is a clear connection to children's literature/books, then no, please don't include those posts here. The misc.kids hierarchy of groups is an excellent place to _discuss_ (but not sell) toys, children's clothing, and just about any other issue related to children that you can imagine. Q5: How can I advertise books for sale? In this newsgroup: rec.arts.books.marketplace On these web pages... Advance Book Exchange http://www.abebooks.com Interloc http://www.interloc.com CompuServe Book Catalogs http://www.massmedia.com/~mikeb/ On this mailing list... biblio@smartlinks.com Some r.a.b.c. readers don't mind at all if you post an occasional list of children's books for sale. And there are some people who do mind - in fact, they mind quite a lot. The point where we all agree is that FS listings should be limited (some say limited to once in a while, some say limited unto extinction). The following guidelines have been suggested for those who want to post books for sale in r.a.b.c.: 1. Only one FS post per person per week. You are always welcome to post as many non-commercial on-topic messages as you like, but please limit your FS posts to only one a week, and combine our list into a single post. Please do NOT post individually for each book. 2. The subject of your post must begin with FS. This is so people who don't want to see any FS posts can delete them by subject. Of course, you may choose to not use FS in your subject so people will read your post anyway, and you're absolutely right; they'll read your post - once. And you can be sure they never will again, no matter what your post might be about. Q6: Can I post a list of books that I want to buy in this newsgroup? Yes, you can do this, but you should follow the guidelines for "For Sale" posts: only one a week, and with the subject clearly marked with WTB, so that readers who wish can use a filter to avoid reading your posts. Q7: Where can I find reviews of children's books? Your public library probably carries most of the major book reviews. The Horn Book is a particularly valuable guide. Some online resources include: A Look at Kids Books http://www.kidsbks.com/ Book Nook http://i-site.on.ca/booknook.html Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site http://www.crocker.com/~rebotis/ Cherry Valley Books http://www.cherryvalleybooks.com/ Children's Literature http://www.parentsplace.com/readroom/childnew/index.html Connections Children's Book News http://community.net/~ben_chun/bookafair/21.html Midwest Book Review Children's BookWatch http://www.execpc.com/%7Embr/bookwatch/cbw/#rc Notes from the Windowsill Book Reviews http://www.armory.com/~web/notes.html rec.arts.book.reviews newsgroup (not limited to children's) Steve Brock Book Reviews http://ucsub.Colorado.EDU/~brock/ The Alan Review http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/alan-review.html The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books http://edfu.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff/bccb/ The Scoop http://www.Friend.ly.Net/scoop/ Young Adult Reading http://www.docker.com/~whiteheadm/yaread.html Q8: Are there other newsgroups related to children's books? Yes, some are discussion based, others are marketplaces -- as always, it is recommended you read a newsgroup for one 1-3 weeks before posting, and when possible read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file first. alt.books.cs-lewis alt.books.nancy-drew alt.fan.pooh rec.arts.books.childrens rec.arts.books.marketplace rec.arts.books.tolkein Q9: I've written or want to write/illustrate a children's book. How do I go about writing/publishing it? Check with your local library. They will have directories of publishers, writing guides, and the most recent guide to the writing market. Mailing lists and online newsletters Children's Writing To join, send e-mail to MAJORDOMO@LISTS.MINDSPRING.COM=20 with "subscribe childrens-writing" in the message body @WRITERS is an online newsletter To subscribe, send a message to majordomo@samurai.com with=20 the "subscribe a-writers" in the message body. AQUANET is a discussion group for watercolor artists To join/resign from the list, send a message to majordomo@Traveller.com with any of the following requests=20 in the message body: unsubscribe aquanet-list=20 subscribe aquanet-list =20 World Wide Web pages: A World of Pictures (for illustrators) http://pages.prodigy.com/picbooks Association of American Publishers http://www.publishers.org Bookwire Children's Publishers List http://www.bookwire.com/index/Childrens-Publishers.html Children's Book Council http://www.cbcbooks.org/ Children's Book Publishers on the Net http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/publish.html Children's Books and More by Harold Underdown http://www.users.interport.net/~hdu/ Children's Writing Resource Centre: http://www.mindspring.com/~cbi Dan Poynter's site for help on self-publishing: http://www.lh.com/para How to Make Books http://holly.colostate.edu/~sheilas/index.html Inkspot http://www.inkspot.com/~ohi/inkspot/ The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators http://www.scbwi.org/ The Writer's Marketboard http://rain-crow-publishing.com/market/net.html Writer's Resources http://www.authorlink.com Publishers Catalog List http://www.lights.com/publisher/ Q10: What other WWW resources are devoted to children's books? General Information Sites, Newsletters, Reading Lists Association for Library Service to Children http://www.ala.org/alsc Book Look http://bcn.boulder.co.us/library/bpl/child/booklook/booklook.html Bookwire List of Children's Booksellers http://www.bookwire.com/index/Childrens-Booksellers.html Children's Bestseller Lists http://www.bookwire.com/pw/bsl/childrens/current.childrens.html Children's Book Awards http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/awards.html Children's Fiction http://www.primenet.com/~callie/children.htm Children's Literature: A Guide http://www.unm.edu/~lhendr Children's Literature Web Guide http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html Choosing a Child's Book http://www.cbcbooks.org/choosing.html Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature http://www.users.interport.net/~fairrosa/ Girls & Boy's Series by Sharon Reid http://members.aol.com/biblioholc/gseries.html http://members.aol.com/biblioholc/bseries.html Good Books for Group Time http://nsccux.sccd.ctc.edu/~eceprog/grpbook.html Internet Public Library Youth Division and Teen Division http://ipl.sils.umich.edu/youth/ http://www.ipl.org/teen/ Kids Web - Literature http://www.npac.syr.edu/textbook/kidsweb/literature.html Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov Mister Rogers Neighborhood BookList http://www.pbs.org:80/rogers/booklist.html National Council for Social Studies Notable Children's Books http://www.ncss.org/online/publications/booklist.html OzKidz Australian Children's Literature Site http://www.ipswichcity.qld.gov.au/ozkidz/ozlit.html Reading Rainbow http://www.pbs.org:80/readingrainbow/index.html School Libraries on the Web http://www.voicenet.com/~bertland/libs.html The American Bookseller's Association http://www.ambook.org/ The Book Trade http://www.inforamp.net/~abrown/bookt.htm The Storyreading Home Page http://www.wco.com/~gailg/storyreading/ Tomorrow Magazine http://kadima.com/tomorrow/ Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/special/kay/childlit.html Young Adult Literature http://www.ct.net/~patem/yalit/ Educational Sites Books About/For Children With Disabilities http://www.math.ttu.edu/~dmettler/dlit.html Getting Children to Read http://www.cherryvalleybooks.com/readtips.htm Literacy Engagement in Older Elementary Students http://www.math.ttu.edu/~dmettler/liteng.html The Canadian's Teacher-Librarian's Resource Pages http://www.inforamp.net/~abrown/ Focus and Author Sites Cherry Ames Page http://www.geocities.com/Athens/3777/ Freddie the Pig! http://www.outermost.com/freddy/index.html Hardy Boys Home Page http://members.aol.com/Hardyboy01/index.html Jan Brett's Home Page http://www.janbrett.com Kyra's Goosebumps Page http://www.teleport.com/~pazsaz/kyrapage.htm Lewis Carroll Home Page http://www.students.uiuc.edu/~jbirenba/carroll.html Matthew Law's Goosebumps Home Page http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mlaw/Matthew/index.html My Little House On The Prairie Home Page http://www.vvv.com/~jenslegg/ Nancy Drew Home Page http://sunsite.unc.edu/cheryb/nancy.drew/ktitle.html The Author Corner http://www.carr.lib.md.us/authco/home.htm The Betsy-Tacy Home Page http://virtuflex.com/homepages/navaho/Betsy-Tacy/ The Home Page of Anne of Green Gables http://yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au/~frosty/anne.html The Madeleine L'Engle WWW Resource http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8838/ The Official Eric Carle Home Page http://www.eric-carle.com The Page at Pooh Corner http://www.public.iastate.edu/~jmilne/pooh.html The Unofficial Happy Hollister Page http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1945/index.html Tigger's 100-acre Wood http://personal.solutions.net/evans/tigger.html Winnie The Pooh - An Expotition http://www.teleport.com/~pazsaz/kyrapage.htm Winnie-The-Pooh's Page http://www.penguin.com/usa/pooh/index.html Wizard of Oz Web Site by Eric Gjovaag http://www.eskimo.com/~tiktok/ Mailing Lists Children's Literature Send e-mail to majordomo@email.rutgers.edu with the message: subscribe child_lit Your Name <youradrs@where.ever> ALSC listproc@ala.org send message: subscribe alsc-l <your name> Kidlit listserv@bingvmb.cc.binghamton.edu send message: subscribe kidlit-l <your name> Q11: Where can I find lists of award-winning books? Caldecott Winners http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/units/education/edmc/chld_lit/cldct_yr.htm Comprehensive award list: http://www.ucalgary.ca/%7edkbrown/awards.html Q12: What order is the Narnia series supposed to be in? The order that the series was written in is not the same as the order the books are set in. Lewis himself suggested (in his book "Letters to Children") that they be read in the order that they happen rather than the order they were written. The two orders are given below: Written Order: 1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2. Prince Caspian 3. The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" 4. The Silver Chair 5. The Horse and His Boy 6. The Magician's Nephew 7. The Last Battle Order of Events: 1. The Magician's Nephew 2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 3. The Horse and His Boy 4. Prince Caspian 5. The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" 6. The Silver Chair 7. The Last Battle Q13: How many Oz books were there and what were they? <IWOC=3DInternational Wizard of Oz Club, DR=3DDel Rey, BoW=3DBooks of Wonder> BY L. FRANK BAUM: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900, BoW and many others, but look out for adaptations) "The Marvelous Land of Oz" (1904, BoW, DR, Dover, and a few others) "The Third Book of Oz" (1986, Buckethead Enterprises of Oz) "The Visitors from Oz" (1960, currently out of print) "The Woggle-Bug Book" (1905, available as part of "The Third Book of Oz") "Ozma of Oz" (1907, BoW, DR, Dover) "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" (1908, BoW, DR, Dover) "The Road to Oz" (1909, BoW, Dover, Del Rey) "The Emerald City of Oz" (1910, BoW, Dover, Del Rey) "The Little Wizard Stories of Oz (1913, BoW) "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" (1913, BoW, Dover, Del Rey) "Tik-Tok of Oz" (1914, Dover, Del Rey) "The Scarecrow of Oz" (1915, Del Rey, IWOC) "Rinkitink in Oz" (1916, Dover, Del Rey) "The Lost Princess of Oz" (1917, Del Rey) "The Tin Woodman of Oz" (1918, Del Rey) "The Magic of Oz" (1919, Del Rey) "Glinda of Oz" (1920, Del Rey) In addition, these books by Baum have some of their characters later appear in Oz books, or are otherwise connected with the Oz series in small ways: "Dot and Tot of Merryland" (1901, BoW) "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" (1902, Dover and others) "The Magical Monarch of Mo" (1903, may still be available from Dover) "Queen Zixi of Ix" (1905, Dover) "John Dough and the Cherub" (1906, probably currently out of print) "The Sea Fairies" (1911, BoW) "Sky Island" (1912, BoW) BY RUTH PLUMLY THOMPSON [NOTE: Some of the Del Rey books, listed as being available from IWOC, may also be available on a VERY limited basis from BoW. "The Royal Book of Oz" (1921, DR/IWOC) "Kabumpo in Oz" (1922, DR/IWOC) "The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923, DR/IWOC) "Grampa in Oz" (1924, DR/IWOC) "The Lost King of Oz" (1925, DR/IWOC) "The Hungry Tiger of Oz" (1926, DR/IWOC) "The Gnome King of Oz" (1927, DR/IWOC) "The Giant Horse of Oz" (1928, DR/IWOC) "Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz" (1929, DR/IWOC) "The Yellow Knight of Oz" (1930, out of print) "Pirates in Oz" (1931, out of print) "The Purple Prince of Oz" (1932, out of print) "Ojo in Oz" (1933, out of print) "Speedy in Oz" (1934, IWOC) "The Wishing Horse of Oz" (1935, IWOC) "Captain Salt in Oz" (1936, IWOC) "Handy Mandy in Oz" (1937, IWOC) "The Silver Princess in Oz" (1938, IWOC) "Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz" (1939, IWOC) "Yankee in Oz" (1972, IWOC) "The Enchanted Island of Oz" (1976, IWOC) "The Cheerful Citizens of Oz" (1992 poetry collection, IWOC) BY JOHN R. NEILL "The Oz Toy-Book" (1915 art portfolio, IWOC) "The Wonder City of Oz" (1940, BoW) "The Scalawagons of Oz" (1941, BoW) "Lucky Bucky in Oz" (1942, BoW) "A Runaway in Oz" (1995, BoW) BY JACK SNOW "The Magical Mimics in Oz" (1946, IWOC, BoW) "The Shaggy Man of Oz" (1949, IWOC, BoW) "Who's Who in Oz" (1954, currently out of print but some copies may be available from BoW and/or IWOC) "A Murder in Oz" (1950's, Buckethead Enterprises of Oz) BY RACHEL COSGROVE PAYES (formerly RACHEL R. COSGROVE) "The Hidden Valley of Oz" (1951, BoW, IWOC) "The Wicked Witch of Oz" (1993, IWOC) BY ELOISE JARVIS McGRAW and LAUREN LYNN McGRAW "Merry-Go-Round in Oz" (1963, BoW) "The Forbidden Fountain of Oz" (1980, IWOC) BY DICK MARTIN "The Ozmapolitan of Oz" (1986, IWOC) "Although it really does not deal much with Oz as we know it, I consider Frank J. Baum's _Laughing Dragon of Oz_ enough of a curiosity (and a most famous one) to warrant mention." "RPT's _Captain Santa_ may belong in the closely related category; debatable. Didn't she also write and "unfinished" tale that was included in _Wizard of Way Up_? It's been a long time since I read that." Q14: Which children's books have been banned in the USA and why? Banned Books http://www.cs.cmu.edu:8001/Web/People/spok/banned-books.html Most Frequently Challenged Books of the 1990s http://www.cs.cmu.edu:8001/Web/People/spok/most-banned.html The File Room, a censorship site http://fileroom.aaup.uic.edu/FileRoom/documents/homepage.html Q15: How do I (or my class) write to/contact an author? The simplest way is care of the publishing house. Most books contain the address of the publishing house on the cover page. If a particular one does not, you can look it up in a directory of publishers at your local library. Ask the reference librarian for assistance if you need help finding something. An increasingly common theme is for authors to have their own official web pages, usually with a way to contac them. The HotBot search engine (http://www.hotbot.com) allows you to search specifically for a person. This FAQ includes contributions large and small from... Allegria <allegria@his.com> Lauria Blackwell <lauria@erato.usask.ca> Trevor Blake <box2321@teleport.com> Beci Bolding <jmartin@usit.net> K. Dazazel <utkgeog@utkux.utk.edu> Julie Dickinson <jules@Eng.Sun.COM> Fred Gilligan <fgillig@erols.com> Eric Gjovaag <tiktok@eskimo.com> Steve Ketcham <Steve_Ketcham@stratus.com> Dorcas E. Metcalf <Dorcas_Metcalf@brown.edu> Suzanne Price <truprice@aol.com> Claire Speed <Claire.Speed@nessie.mcc.ac.uk> Deborah Stevenson <stevenso@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu> Anastasia Suen <forsuens@flash.net> Marilyn Walker <marilyn@cherryvalleybooks.com> (Apologies to any names unintentionally omitted from this list!) This FAQ is a living document that depends on reader input to stay current. 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