June 1999 -- It's the issue that won't go away. The tragedy at Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado, was only one in a series of violent episodes at America's high schools, but it has galvanized the nation. Thirteen people were murdered in the hallways and library of Columbine High. Many more were wounded, and many more still spent hours hiding in terror as the killers roamed the building.
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Note: While the selection criteria described in this article apply to children's books in general, the examples cited are drawn from picture books for children aged three to eight, reflecting the author's current knowledge and experience. This article also omits reference to such well-known works as those of E. B. White and C. S. Lewis.
In the last thirty years, books for children have become more available, less expensive, and of a higher production quality. The 1998 edition of Children's Books in Print contains an astonishing 126,600 children's books published in the United States and available for purchase, five times the number listed in 1968. An estimated four thousand juvenile trade titles (not textbooks) are published each year. Children's books are available seemingly everywhere for purchase—from large chain bookstores, which feature attractively designed children's areas and weekly story times, to discount stores, supermarkets bedding stores, and even car washes. In the year 2000, it is projected, consumers will buy nearly four hundred million children's books, with a retail value of over three billion dollars. In short, the children's book market is huge and the choices extensive.
But while the quantity of available books may be large, the quality is quite uneven. Delightful, well-written, and beautifully illustrated books are published alongside the unremarkable, the dull, and the truly objectionable. Thought and effort are required to separate the...
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