Children's Literature, Briefly / Edition 5

Children's Literature, Briefly / Edition 5

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by Michael O. Tunnell, James S. Jacobs, Terrell A. Young, Gregory Bryan

ISBN-10: 0132480565

ISBN-13: 9780132480567

Pub. Date: 03/15/2011

Publisher: Pearson

Are you looking for a brief introduction to children’s literature genres that leaves time to actually read children’s books? This new edition of Children’s Literature, Briefly introduces the reader to the essentials of each genre, supported by criteria to make good judgments about books and activities to advance

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Are you looking for a brief introduction to children’s literature genres that leaves time to actually read children’s books? This new edition of Children’s Literature, Briefly introduces the reader to the essentials of each genre, supported by criteria to make good judgments about books and activities to advance literacy in the classroom. Part 1 provides foundational information on literature, Part 2 addresses each genre individually, and Part 3 covers the classroom information that makes literature an integral part of teaching. As new teachers build their classroom library, the brevity of this affordable new edition ensures readers have the resources to purchase and time to read actual children’s literature.

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Table of Contents

part one: The Magic of Books

Chapter one: Why Read?

The Rewards of Reading

Unengaged and Engaged Reading

Why Do So Few People Read?

Reading Is Personally Motivating

Engaged and Unengaged Reading

Chapter two: What Is a Good Book?

Choosing Children’s Books

Judging a Book: Literary Quality Versus Personal Taste



Chapter three: How to Recognize a Well-Written Book

Choosing the Right Words

Precise Vocabulary

Figurative Language


Music in Language


Unexpected Insights

Elements of Weak Writing

Chapter four: How to Recognize a Well-Illustrated Book

Visual Literacy: Developing the Ability to “See”

Functions of Illustrations in Picture Books

Style and Media in Picture Book Illustrations

Visual Elements

Additional Illustration Criteria: Action and Detail

Depicting Action

Creating Depth with Detail

Care Given to Bookmaking

part two: The Books Themselves

Chapter five: Children’s Books: History and Trends

Early Books for Children

Children’s Books Come of Age

The 1800s



New Realism

Minority Books

The Changing Trends in Genres and Formats of Children’s Books

A Changing Marketplace

The 21st Century

Chapter six: Organizing Children’s Literature by Genre

The Genres

The Book Lists

Chapter seven: Picture Books

Categories of Picture Books

ABC Books

Counting Books

Concept Books

Participation Books

Wordless Picture Books

Predictable Books

Beginning Reader Picture Books

Picture Storybooks

Engineered Books

Baby/Board Books

Picture Books Available in Audiovisual Formats

Chapter eight: Poetry

Why Children May Learn to Dislike Poetry

Building Appreciation for Poetry

The NCTE Poetry Award

Forms of Poetry

Building a Poetry Collection

Chapter nine: Traditional Fantasy

Traditional Fantasy: A Part of Every Culture

Peculiarities of Traditional Fantasy

The Universal Nature of Traditional Fantasy

The Values of Fantasy

Types of Traditional Fantasy

In Defense of Traditional Fantasy

Psychological Fantasy


Frightening for Young Children

Waste of Time

Chapter ten: Modern Fantasy

A Definition of Modern Fantasy

Categories of Modern Fantasy

Six Basic Fantasy Motifs

Science Fiction

The Truth in Fantasy

Chapter eleven: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Importance of Story

Identifying with Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Contemporary Realistic Fiction and Society

Common Categories of Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Chapter twelve: Historical Fiction

History Textbooks Versus History Trade Books

History Textbooks Cover Too Much

The People Are Missing!

Historical Fiction: Presenting Multiple Perspectives

What Makes Good Historical Fiction?

History Should Not Be Sugarcoated

Historical Accuracy Is Required

The Historical Period Should Come to Life

The History Usually Is Revealed through the Eyes of a Young Protagonist

Avoid Too Much Attention to Historical Detail

Types of Historical Fiction

Reviewing the Values of Historical Fiction

Chapter Thirteen: Biography

Typical Personalities in Biographies

Types of Biographies

Judging Biographies for Young Readers

Chapter Fourteen: Informational Books

The Purpose of Informational Books

Finding Good Informational Books

Attractive Design

Compelling Details

Fascinating Comparisons

Unusual Subjects or Viewpoints

Personalized Content


Types of Informational Books

Chapter Fifteen: Multicultural and International Books

Multicultural Literature

The Need for Multicultural Books

Judging Multicultural Literature

The Growth of Multicultural Literature

International Books

part three: Books in the Classroom

Chapter Sixteen: Controversial Books

The First Amendment

Predictable and Unpredictable Controversy

Intellectual Freedom and Individual Choice

Handling Book Challenges

Materials Selection Policy

Grievance Procedure

Steps to Reduce Emotional Tension

Chapter Seventeen: Motivating Students to Read

Helping Students Find the Books They Like

Learning from Motivated Readers

Getting Students Quickly into Books

Reading Incentive Programs

Organizing the Classroom to Get Children into Books

First: Set an Example

Second: Provide Books

Third: Make Time for Books

Fourth: Create a Reading Atmosphere

Fifth: Work with Parents

Sixth: Choose Meaningful Activities and Assignments

Chapter Eighteen: Teaching with Children’s Books

Opening Doors with Books

The Strengths of Trade Books

Research Support for Using Trade Books to Teach Reading

Using Trade Books in the Reading Curriculum

Talking about Books

Written and Creative Responses

Using Trade Books in the Other Subject Areas

The Individual Reading Approach

The Large-Group Reading Approach

The Small-Group Reading Approach

Three Principles of Using Trade Books to Teach Subject Matter

The Last Word

Appendix A

Guidelines for Building a Classroom Library

Appendix B

Book Selection Aids

Appendix C

Magazines for Children

Appendix d

Children’s Book Awards

Appendix E

Publishing Children’s Books


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