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How to Read a Booklist

The reading lists in each section are organized in the following order:

Call Number - This tells you where the book can be found. The call number is always on a label on the spine of the book.

Here are some codes to know:

"J" at the top of the label means the book can always be found in the Children's Room.

"B" stands for Biography.

"Fiction" is a story created from the author's imagination. (Fiction titles have only a  on the label.)

"Nonfiction" means that a topic or subject is real and based in fact. (Nonfiction titles have a "J" and then a number on the label.)

Title - This is the name of the book.

Author - This is the person who wrote the book. The author's last name appears first, separated from the first name by a comma.

Publisher - This is a company that puts the book together and then distributes the book to the public.

Miscellaneous - This may include information about the illustrator (the person who drew the pictures in the book), information about the photographer (the person who took the photos), etc. Only some books will have this information.

Notes - This is a summary that details the plot or theme of the book.

Example 1:

Call number - J B Bridges
Author - Bridges, Ruby
Title - Through My Eyes
Publisher, Date - Scholastic Press, 1999
Notes - A threshold to racial integration is crossed when six-year-old Ruby becomes one of the first African American children to be educated in a New Orleans elementary school.
How to find this book - Based on the call number information above, this book can be found in the Children's Room (J) Biography (B) section by the author's last name, Bridges.

Example 2:

Call Number - J811.08A
Author - Adoff, Arnold, ed.
Title - My Black Me: a Beginning Book of Black Poetry
Publisher, Date - Dutton, 1974
Notes - Reflections on being black by Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, and Imamu Amiri Baraka.

How to find this book - Based on the call number information above, this book can be found in the Children's Room ( J ) nonfiction section, by call number (look for the number 811.08), with the author's last name beginning with the letter "A."

Example 3:

Call Number - J323.09 D
Author - no author
Title - Dear Dr. King: Letters from Today's Children To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Publisher, Date - Hyperion, 1998
Miscellaneous - Photographs by Ernest C. Withers and Roy Cajero
Notes - In poetic, innocent, funny and wise letters, kids show how they are striving to make Dr. King's dream come true.

How to find this book - Based on the call number information above, this book can be found in the Children's Room ( J ) nonfiction section by call number order (look for the number 323.03), with the book title's first letter of "D."

Other General Terms to Know

Picture Books - These books are meant for an adult to read to a child.

Easy Readers - These shorter chapter books are meant for children learning how to read.

Intermediate Books - These books are meant for children not ready for lengthier works.