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.
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.
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.
Children¿s Literature, Briefly is an excellent resource tool for busy teachers and librarians, and is a brief, yet thorough introduction to children¿s literature for students within the field of educational studies. The text is broken into three main sections, followed by five helpful appendixes, and finally is accompanied by a CD database that includes over 20,000 titles. With the inclusion of each of these components, readers will find themselves holding a concise, yet comprehensive textbook! Let¿s review each of the features: Part One: The Magic of Books Containing four chapters, part one begins by discussing why we should even concern ourselves with the subject of reading and its status in today¿s society. Included are studies of why reading is important, and the difference between and effects of both engaged and unengaged reading. Chapter two attempts to answer the question ¿what is a good book?¿ by examining the standards that should guide our choices of reading material for children. The list of guidelines included is excellent and tremendously useful. Tunnell and James suggest that when judging a book, quality 'literary elements' and personal taste 'whether the reader likes it or not' are elaborated upon. Chapters three and four describe in detail ways in which readers can recognize the qualities of a well-written and well-illustrated book. Included with chapter four is a full-color, eight-page guide depicting excerpts from books which contain outstanding illustrations. Part Two: The Books Themselves Part two includes eleven chapters in which the authors take the time to describe the history and trends within the field of children¿s literature from the 1800s until today. An explanation of how children¿s literature is organized into genres precedes detailed chapters of each of the genres of children¿s literature. Chapters include: picture books, poetry, traditional fantasy, modern fantasy, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational books, and multicultural and international books. These chapters contain guidelines and information on what makes each genre special and important, and each packed full of recommended titles. A great strength of Children¿s Literature, Briefly is found within the suggested reading lists of each chapter. The only omission I noticed within this section was the absence of information on graphic novels. As these books are quickly gaining popularity with children, explanations of and recommendations for graphic novels would be an excellent addition. Part Three: Books in the Classroom The final three chapters of the text are devoted to how teachers and librarians can use books. How to handle controversial books and book challenges, suggestions on how to motivate students to read, and how to teach using children¿s books are all covered. Briefly discussed are reading incentive programs, and step-by-step directions on how to organize the classroom to help children better connect with books. Appendixes The five appendixes included are Guidelines for Building a Classroom Library, Book Selection Aids, Magazines for Children, Children¿s Book Awards, and Publishing Children¿s Books. Each appendix is brief, yet useful as hundreds of websites for more information are provided for readers to continue with their own research. Following the appendixes are comprehensive name and subject indexes of all the books referenced throughout the text. The CD Database While this book provides a well-rounded introduction to children¿s literature, what sets it apart is the inclusion of the CD database. A four-page color guide to the database is available near the end of the text, and included are detailed directions of how you can access and search the 20,000 titles in a variety of ways. Users can search by title, topic, description, year published, awards earned, genre type, grade level, author, illustrator, or publisher. Search results and
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