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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

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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: 9780132480567
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 45,475
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael O. Tunnell teaches children's literature at Brigham Young University. He has published several professional books, including Children’s Literature, Briefly (with Jim Jacobs) and 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 (Holiday House, 1996), Mailing May (Greenwillow, 1997), Wishing Moon (Dutton, 2004), and Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” (Charlesbridge, 2010).

James S. Jacobs began his career happily teaching English, all grades 7-12 and next at a junior college where he surprisingly, and unhappily, was assigned to teach a children¹s literature course. Discovering a new love and life path, he returned to graduate school for a degree in children¹s literature and has since taught it at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 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. He has produced enough academic writing, specializing in Lloyd Alexander, to keep his job plus one picture book for children.

Terrell A. Young teaches courses in children’s literature and reading at Washington State University and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He has served on numerous book award committees. Terry has published many articles and books about reading and children’s literature. His most recent books are Creating Lifelong Readers through Independent Reading (with Barbara Moss) and Matching Books and Readers: Helping English Learners in Grades K-6 (with Nancy Hadaway). He was the 2006 recipient of the International Reading Association Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award.

Gregory Bryan is a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). His duties include teaching children’s literature and early and middle years literacy courses. Greg’s research interests revolve around notions of reading engagement. In 2009, he completed his PhD from the University of British Columbia, having previously completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees at Brigham Young University in Utah. Greg was born and raised in Australia and returns home as often as possible.

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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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