News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment


Picking the best of children's books
Author and Kent State collectors say instincts may be best guide
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
1800 1196
Children's book author -- and converted architect -- David Macaulay said parents can often feel if a book is right for their children.
Courtesy of Gary Harwood
Download (WKSU Only)
One of the best ways to buy a children's book is to read a children's book. That advice comes from author and illustrator David McCaulay and Sylvia and Kenneth Marantz, who came to Kent today (Monday) to dedicate one of the most extensive collections of children's literature in the United States.
Click to Listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (7:38)


(Click image for larger view.)





Fierce animals. A pensive Rapunzel. A sea turtle with the world on his back. These are some of the characters found within the 21,000 children's books in Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz's collection that have found a new home at the Kent State University library. The 50-year collection of books, along with 2,000 posters of those books, were dedicated Monday by the Marantzes, whose critical eyes for children's literature have helped shape a collection that gives parents an alternative to the big-box bookstore approach. "You need guidance if you don't know the world of picture books," Sylvia Marantz said. "That's why we hate these great big stores where nobody there knows anything." The Marantzes recommend that besides consulting professional librarians to select children's literature, parent's use their own enjoyment of a children's book to gauge whether it's a good choice for their children. "Read the story yourself," Sylvia Marantz suggests. "Do you want to read it again? Because if you buy that for a kid, you're going to have to read it 150,000 times. You'd better like it!" Author and illustrator David McCaulay, whose books occupy a prominent corner of the Marantz collection, agrees that a parent's opinion of the book is an excellent indicator of whether a child will like it. He offered a set of questions parents can use to judge the literature: "Does it make you smile? Does it perhaps make you laugh? Does it take you back to another time in your life? The Marantzes look at David Wiesner's 2007 Caldecott Medal-winning children's book "Flotsam" as a prime example of the kind of book parents should be buying, citing the detail and imagination in its story and illustrations. "We didn't care who won the Caldecott that year; THAT was the book of the year," said Sylvia Marantz. "And when it won we felt very vindicated, because we thought it was absolutely top." "Flotsam" and the rest of the Marantz collection can be found in the third floor of the Kent State University library.
Listener Comments:

Reading books is a very efficient mean to gain knowledge especially for children. But now that innovation is very prevalent even in reading materials like internet, reading books becomes erratic and the study skill of children drop off. So as early as possible, kids must be accustomed to reading books like the undying work of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It will broaden the imagination of your kids and for sure the book will catch their interest and attention. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must read book.


Posted by: Jonah W. on March 27, 2009 4:05AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

ResponsibleOhio names 10 counties as possible pot-growing locations
Ohio has always made its money off our prison system ,and ohio is so hard nose on us the public that there voicing concerns saying there on our behalf bullcrap ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University