Today I checked my Things To Do List and there it was: Library. Wheee! I love to go to the library!
So, off I went to pick up my books at my local branch. Plus, I had a little library business in mind. Namely, A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children’s Picture Books. Happily, my favorite library had a copy of this reference book on hand. Unhappily, I couldn’t check it out. So I had a little sit down to peruse the fairy tales section.
I do so enjoy fairy tales, and many of my manuscripts deal with fairy tales. But working, working, working on a manuscript only to find out that Betty Boopsidoo has written the exact same story (and had it published)…well, that I do not enjoy so much.
So when I heard about this awesome reference book, listing authors, illustrators, and a (very) brief synopsis of just about every children’s book published out there, I knew it was worth a trip to the library to make a couple notes.
And so I opened the (very) fat book and started writing. But do you have any idea how many books are out there about fairy tales? I don’t know, either, but I can tell you that it’s a lot. Quite a lot.
So I made copies of the pertinent pages. I mean, I love the library and all that, but I could’ve been there all day.
P.S. If you click on A to Zoo here, you’ll find yourself in WorldCat, which, once you type in your zip code, will let you know what library near you carries this awesome reference book. But be prepared. Bring plenty of change, and maybe smelling salts. You are not going to believe how many children’s books there are out there!
Wow! Thanks, Cathy. I had never heard of this resource.
There’s another reference called Beyond Picture Books (it’s early readers/ chapter books) and one for teen fiction as well. They’re marketed for librarians and schools, Trisha, but I think they’re a dandy reference for the children’s writer who wants to make sure she’s not writing the same-old, same-old.
Wow, Cathy, this is awesome!! I’d expect nothing less from someone filled with a bunch of awesomeness! Thanks for this tip!
Wow, Gail. I didn’t know I was THAT awesome! 🙂
Great resource, thanks.
You’re very welcome, Lynn! Hope your new year’s writing is taking off!
There is always something to learn here, Cathy. Thanks for the tip/
Thanks for this tip, Cathy. I didn’t know about this either and I always have people asking me for help finding books. THANK YOU! 🙂
Ha haa! I can just picture you at the library with a fistful of change and smelling salts! There may be bazillions and gazillions of books out there, but there’s only one Cathy C. Hall. Can’t wait to see your book on the shelves!