of the Center for Children's Books
|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly
theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin
feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin,
we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an
extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even
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Books by Dr. Hearne: A Betsylicious Dozen
--selected by Deborah Stevenson, Editor
In honor of our editrix emerita and newly retired lioness of
literature, we’re featuring a baker’s dozen of Betsy Hearne’s finest
—so far, anyway, since retirement will hopefully result in a grand
selection of new offerings.
- Beauty and the Beast :
Visons and Revisions of an Old
Tale. University of Chicago, 1989. Adult
Adorned with lush reproductions of classic and modern
this is the definitive work on an enduringly popular tale type.
- The Canine Connection:
Stories about Dogs and People.
McElderry, 2003. Gr. 5-8
The mood ranges from humorous to thoughtful to poignant in
stories about the relationship between humans and dogs.
- Choosing Books for Children:
A Commonsense Guide.
Delacorte, 1981; rev. ed. 1990, 1997. Adult
This easygoing companion, enhanced with annotated booklists,
guidance for adults searching for titles amid the multitude of
- Eli's Ghost; illustrated by
Ronald Himler. McElderry,
1987. Gr. 4-7
When Eli heads into the swamp in order to search for his
near-fatal accident leads to his spirit’s leaving his body and leading
a separate existence of its own.
- Eliza's Dog; illus.
by Erica Thurston. McElderry,
1996. Gr. 3-5
Begging finally pays off when Eliza gets the puppy of her
on vacation in Ireland, but can she handle the responsibilities of dog
ownership? See current editor Deborah Stevenson in a cameo
appearance as a North Atlantic hurricane and Horn Book editor Roger
Sutton’s walk-on as a security guard.
- Hauntings and Other Tales of
Danger, Love, and Sometimes
Loss. Greenwillow, 2007. Gr. 5-9
Fifteen stories tell of hauntings, some supernatural, some
- Home; illus. by
Trina Schart Hyman. Atheneum,
1979. Gr. 4-6
In this sequel to South Star,
the young Megan again embarks on a quest,
this time to find the missing King Brendan.
- Listening for Leroy.
McElderry, 1998. Gr. 5-9
In this autobiographical novel, Alice, growing up in the
mid-twentieth-century South, struggles to find her way in a society
poised on the brink of momentous change.
- Love Lines: Poetry in Person.
McElderry, 1987. Gr.
Fifty-nine poems explore the spectrum of love from celebration
- Polaroid and Other Poems of
View; illus. with photographs
by Peter Kiar. McElderry, 1991. Gr. 7-12
Forty-seven lyrical free-verse poems treat subjects ranging
relationships to landscapes to folklore.
- Seven Brave Women;
illus. by Bethanne Andersen.
Greenwillow, 1997. 5-9 yrs
A winner of multiple awards, this picture-book narrative tells
history as experienced by the author’s mother, grandmothers, and
- South Star; illus. by
Trina Schart Hyman. Atheneum,
1977. Gr. 4-6
Fleeing when an old enemy attacks the traditional giant
Megan, the child of giants, finds allies in a human boy, a Night Mare,
and a wise Bear.
- Who's in the Hall?: A
Mystery in Four Chapters;
illus. by Christy Hale. Greenwillow,
2000. Gr. 2-4
In their urban apartment building, Lizzy, Rowan, and Ryan (and
assorted sitters) cope with boredom, missing pets, and the strange
disappearance of the building janitor.
- Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs.
McElderry, 2001. Gr. 4-7
Louise’s reckless wish on an evening star sets off a chain of
involving a forlorn pig, a persistent suitor, and a broken
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