Children's Literature, Briefly / Edition 1

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Are you looking for a brief introduction to children's literature genres that leaves time to read actual works of children's literature? This new, significantly revised, and streamlined edition of Children's Literature, Briefly introduces the reader to the essential foundations of each children's literature genre, supported by practical features and tools to suggest quality books and activities to advance literacy in the classroom. As new teachers build their classroom libraries, the brevity of this affordable new edition ensures that readers have the resources to purchase and time to read actual children's literature. New! Briefer chapters provide essential information on genres, text quality, and censorship, ensuring that new teachers are prepared to teach and read children's literature. Learn to address issues of children's motivation through the use of children's literature in the classroom in Chapter 17. Read descriptions of how children's literature can be used to advance literacy in the classroom in Chapter 18. A unique, colorful illustration guide identifies the visual elements children's literature illustrators use and explains how to evaluate a book by its pictures. Top 10 Favorites as end-of-chapter features provide new teachers with the latest in quick-reference booklists that name the best of the best in children's literature. Notable authors and illustrators features help new teachers get a head start on choosing quality literature. New! Searchable database of 20,000 children's literature titles has been reprogrammed for faster search capabilities, including: Searching for a specific book, Customized searching for award winners or for books by grade level, Tailoring abooklist for a specific child or classroom activity. New! A CD tutorial supports readers in the use of the CD database for the first time. Tech Notes throughout the text suggest where and when to engage the use of the searchable database in coursework and in the classroom.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Several students over the years have told me it was one of the few texts they took with them to their first year of teaching. It contained the criteria for making good judgments. They could quickly apply the principles outlined to other books. l find this one of the primary strengths of the text and it is one reason why I keep using it.

Jean Stringam, Missouri State University

This text provides a clear and concise overview of children’s literature. It does not overwhelm the students with too much information. The strengths are clear and concise information and the reading lists.

Rhonda L. Truitt, Catawba College

The concise and clever writing style works so well with the students taking this course.

Marianne Baker, James Madison University

I love the first chapter and how it positions the reader in seeing the value of reading. I also love the color insert that makes illustrations come alive.

Diane Barone, University of Nevada, Reno

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780675214018
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael O. Tunnell teaches children’s literature at Brigham Young University and currently serves as chair of the department of teacher education. He has published several professional books, including The Story of Ourselves: Teaching History through Children’s Literature (with Richard Ammon), as well as a variety of journal articles about children’s books and reading. He also writes for young readers. Some of his titles include The Children of Topaz, Mailing May, Wishing Moon, and Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot.” He has twice served on the award selection committee for the John Newbery Medal, the oldest and most prestigious children’s book prize.

James S. Jacobs began his career happily teaching English in grades 7 through 12. Next he taught at a junior college where, to his dismay, he was assigned to teach a children’s literature course. He discovered a new love and life path and returned to graduate school for a degree in children’s literature. Since then he has taught it at Brigham Young University. He interrupted his university life to gain experience in an elementary classroom, teaching fourth grade for two years at a U.S. Army school in Germany. His academic writing focuses on Lloyd Alexander, and he has written one picture book for children.

Terrell A. Young teaches courses in children’s literature at Brigham Young University. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) and previously served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012. He has been a member of numerous book award committees. He has published many articles and books about reading and children’s literature and was the 2006 recipient of the International Reading Association Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award.

Gregory Bryan completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. He is now a member of the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where he teaches children’s literature and early and middle years literacy courses. Greg was born and raised in Australia and returns home as often as possible. His books include To Hell and High Water: Walking in the Footsteps of Henry Lawson in which he recounts walking almost 300 miles with his brother in extreme heat as they became the first people ever to recreate the experiences of Greg’s favorite writer, Henry Lawson, during his 1893 trek in Outback Australia. He is currently completing a biography of his favorite picture book illustrator, Paul Goble.

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Table of Contents

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. 11 Biography 113
Ch. 12 Informational Books 123
Ch. 13 Picture Books 145
Ch. 14 Poetry 159
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
Name Index 343
Subject Index 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    Are textbooks supposed to be fun?

    This book is so much fun to read, I forget it's a textbook! Mine is very dog-eared and well-marked with highlighters . . . not the kind of book you sell back to the college bookstore if you are an elementary ed major! I think I am going to buy the new edition, so I can get the CD rom and see what they have to say new.

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