Books in Kid's Genre?

JOSEPH HILL goodbooks at
Fri Jan 19 14:57:12 EST 2007

If you wish a REAL cop-out...
I hardly think that 37 years at The MECHANICS' LIBRARY in San Francisco qualifies me either.


-----Original Message-----
From: Clare Imholtz
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 11:04 AM
To: modlib at
Subject: Re: Books in Kid's Genre?

all right, i confess to being a librarian but not one
who can give useful advice on this issue. i've never
dealt  with kid's lit as a librarian. But I'm always
interested in problems of classification, and as a
mother,reader,collector I love children's lit.

So many books cross the child-adult boundaries, that
there are no definitive answers. Alice is also for
adults, and Sherlock and Crusoe I guess for kids.  
>From a glance at, I see that some
libraries put Two Years Before the Mast with
juveniles, others don't. No right answer.

I would probably include on the list anything that's
traditionally or frequently classified as children's
literature, e.g., Crusoe, but would lean heavily on
the general inclination of the listmembers regarding
individual titles. How's that for a cop-out?

I have to admit I've not (yet) read several of the
books that have been suggested.

Sorry, Scot, for being absolutely no help at all.

clare imholtz, librarian of a sort

--- Scot Kamins <kamins at> wrote:

> On Jan 19, 2007, at 2:29 AM, JOSEPH HILL wrote:
> > ou may find this of some note; Everyman's Library
> lists Froissart's  
> > Chronicles in the,"For Young People" section.
> > You can add anything to YOUR list.....if your the
> one making out  
> > the list.
> Well, yes of course. But the idea is to create
> something of use after  
> all.
> That's why I'm waiting for the librarians to step up
> to the plate  
> here - they have experience at this sort of thing.
> Scot Kamins
> -----------------
> Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less
> than its  
> operating manual.
>  - Terry Pratchett

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