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This compact and conversationally-written book focuses on children's literature genres. Excellent for those encouraging young readers, it includes four highly personal booklists for each genre chapter. An accompanying CD-ROM with user-friendly programming lists more than 15,000 titles searchable by author, title, illustrator, publisher, copyright, grade level, genre, topics, description, awards, or user comments. This exceptional resource for choosing children's literature allows readers to create their own library of children's book titles. The 4-color illustration guide gives readers a variety of illustrative styles, and helpful appendices provide additional resources for exploring magazines and audiovisuals.
This book highlights the authors' “best picks,” letting readers know what literature children particularly enjoy. It comprehensively covers books and their content, describing the meaning of a “good” book, categories of children's literature, fantasy, fiction, biography, informational books, picture books, poetry, multicultural and international books, and controversial books. In section three, the classroom is explored; it shows the best ways to build a children's library.
An excellent resource for educators of young children, this book can also serve as a personal guide for parents who wish to build a child-friendly collection of books.
WHY THIS BOOK?
The subtitle for this text should be "A children's literature textbook for people who don't like children's literature textbooks." In a combined 41 years of teaching children's literature at the university level, neither of us had used a text because the ones available were too expensive and too extensive for an introductory course. We own and regularly consult the available texts, but they seem more like reference books. Our biggest concern, though, was neither the cost nor the length but the hours stolen from students when they could be reading actual children's books. The focus of a children's literature course should be on those terrific children's tides. They are more important than any text, including this one, and we wrote this book on that assumption.
Children's Literature, Briefly is an overview written to shed light on children's literature and its use with young readers. Our job as teachers, whether university or elementary, is to introduce and illuminate children's books for our students. These books can offer insight and pleasure without having to be explained, analyzed, or used as objects of study. Yet some comment, if it is secondary to the books and does not become too self-important, can help teachers and children alike find their own ways to rewarding reading.
The goal of this text, then, is to provide a practical overview of children's books, offering a framework and background information while keeping the spotlight on the books themselves. That's why we kept the textbook itself and each chapter short.
And that's why we limited the book lists. The world of children's literature offers only one completely dependable booklist—your own. Throughout the following chapters, we present ours, absolutely trustworthy in every way-to us. You are allowed to harbor serious doubts about our choices, but their value is that our titles may save you time wandering up and down library aisles. We organized our book lists at the end of the chapters under four different headings and offer a fifth on CD-ROM.
More about the CD-ROM. Menus and buttons allow you to proceed with just a few mouse clicks or keyboard strokes. All of the frequently used commands have shortcut keys that are displayed in the menus for easy reference. On-line HELP guides you through the more complex commands. And an Undo command allows you to undo your more recent action.
To access instructions for use of your database, insert the CD-ROM into your computer and display the document entitled "Read Me."
|Ch. 1||Why Read?||3|
|Ch. 2||What Is a Good Book?||13|
|Ch. 3||What Is a Good Book? The Words||21|
|Ch. 4||What Is a Good Book? The Pictures||33|
|Ch. 5||Children's Books: History and Trends||45|
|Ch. 6||Categories of Children's Literature||59|
|Ch. 7||Traditional Fantasy||65|
|Ch. 8||Modern Fantasy||79|
|Ch. 9||Contemporary Realistic Fiction||89|
|Ch. 10||Historical Fiction||101|
|Ch. 12||Informational Books||123|
|Ch. 13||Picture Books||145|
|Ch. 15||Multicultural and International Books||177|
|Ch. 16||Controversial Books||189|
|Ch. 17||The Teacher as Reader||201|
|Ch. 18||Motivating Students to Read||209|
|Ch. 19||Building a Classroom Library||221|
|Ch. 20||Teaching Reading with Children's Literature||233|
|Ch. 21||Evaluating Children's Reading||247|
|Ch. 22||Teaching the Curriculum with Children's Literature||263|
|Appendix A: Book Selection Aids||275|
|Appendix B: Magazines for Children||283|
|Appendix C: Publishing Children's Books||289|
|Appendix D: Audiovisual Media and Children's Books||295|
|Appendix E: Author and Illustrator Visits||299|
|Appendix F: Children's Book Awards||303|
|Appendix G: Publisher's Addresses||337|