Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide

Valerie V. Lewis, Author, Walter M. Mayes, Author Quill $17.95 (543p) ISBN 978-0-06-052467-8

Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide, Second Edition, by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes offers brief synopses and commentaries for 2,000 titles, hundreds of which are new, according to the authors' introduction; and they've weeded out those that are no longer available. Lewis and Mayes have added a ""best books"" section for both fiction and nonfiction, and they've modified the index in response to readers' reactions.