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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

J. William Harris


The purpose of this thesis is to set forth the ideals and the philosophy of reading for young people and to show the importance of' stimulating and guiding students in all phases of their reading so that they may find increasing enjoyment and satisfaction and may grow in critical judgment and appreciation. It is therefore necessary that the books from which they choose their reading are of the best available, and so it is important that the librarian give the greatest thought and study to the selection of books for her library.

To make these ideals practical and usable, carefully prepared lists of books have been made for various purposes. These lists are constantly used by both teachers and pupils at Stanford, and have been a source of help and inspiration.

There are many excellent books on children's reading and the selection of books for children of different ages in different fields of interest.

It has been necessary to limit the field of research and discussion and it has not been attempted to make an exhaustive list or selection for all material in the field of book selection.

The thesis can only be suggestive, as it is a field which grows and one in which new material is constatnly appearing.



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