The fifth in the Society of Indexers’ series of Occasional Papers, Indexing children’s Books, based on the authors’ investigation of indexes to children’s information books, makes thought-provoking reading.

The paper contains many ideas for making indexes as child-friendly as possible, with examples of good and bad practice. The role of indexing in the National Curriculum is discussed: the authors examined the use of indexes by children at Key Stage 2 as part of their research.

Indexing children’s Books will be useful to librarians, teachers and others concerned with helping children to assimilate information, as well as to those working in publishing. In general the Occasional Papers are intended to contribute to raising standards of indexing, and stimulate indexers to think more deeply about the principles and methods of their work.