Books: For the Young: Dreams and Memories

DESPITE noise, television, Marshall McLuhan, and the much publicized decline in public school reading skills, quality children's books sell and sell. Such literary prosperity owes a good deal to the fact that more than 75% of juvenile sales are made to libraries that buy carefully, and often have federal funds to help them do it. Yet much of the allure of the children's book trade is due to the continuing output of a handful of illustrious, variously gifted and apparently inexhaustible authors and illustrators.

This year half a dozen such perennial favorites have fine...

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