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Between The Covers: What's Inside A Children's Book?

by Debbie DeGroff


Debbie DeGroff became interested in the subject of children’s books when her oldest child began to read. While perusing the then current literature of the eighties, she noted the contrast between those books and the books she had read as a child. Upon reading more, curiosity then shifted to concern. This spawned a lifetime of research and a resounding cry for parents to look into their children's books. In the last thirty plus years, she has read thousands of children and young adult books in their entirety and is esteemed to be a leading authority on the subject.


UPDATE!  The revised edition of this book is NOW available on Amazon as a Kindle edition.
Between the Covers: What's Inside a Children's Book? can only be purchased from this website. 


The paperback book is 8 1/2" x 11".


Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: What Were Children Reading in the Early 1900s?
  • Chapter Two: Controlled Vocabulary
  • Chapter Three: Reading Levels
  • Chapter Four: Two Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter Five: Profanity
  • Chapter Six: Marketing Books to Children
  • Chapter Seven: Reluctant Reader Books
  • Chapter Eight: Adult Books for Teens
  • Chapter Nine: The Pied Piper of Bloomington
  • Chapter Ten: Donor Offspring Characters in Young Adult Books
  • Chapter Eleven: Introducing the Young to Fine Literature
  • Chapter Twelve: Christianity 101 Through the Lens of Kiddie Lit
  • Chapter Thirteen: Authentic Voices
  • Chapter Fourteen: Developing Youth Activists
  • Chapter Fifteen: Censorship
  • Chapter Sixteen: Remember the Sippy Cup?
  • Endnotes


ISBN # 978-1-7341131-1-2


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