Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide / Edition 1

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School and children's librarians and faculty teaching students who are studying to be school and children's librarians will be pleased to find this book written especially for them. This is an activities-oriented survey of children's literature for undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure and degrees leading to careers working with children in school and public libraries. It fits the specific needs of librarians while similar texts on this subject are designed for teachers. All the pieces are there, the explanations of the genres, introductions to the authors and illustrators, the use of specific titles with their audiences, carefully linking literature with active practice. Chapters are enriched by brief insets of authors comments, collaborative activities, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion and assignment suggestions. The unique contributions of this textbook are three-fold: designed for use by librarians, an emphasis on actions and library applications, and brevity for an affordable text.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Written as a text for undergraduate and graduate courses, this guide is full of practical information for the about-to-be school or public librarian. Its activity-oriented approach to children's literature gives the student a survey of several genres plus ways to use both current and classic books with young patrons in grades K-6. . . . Excellent lists of related resources are included for each genre, as are evaluation criteria with sample reviews. Lists of professional references and books cited complete the work."



"This is an excellent resource for a library science student, a new librarian, teacher, or even a seasoned professional. Introducted as a literature textbook designed for librarians and library media specialists, it showcases activities that can help bring children and families together with books, foster a love of reading, and provide effective readers advisory. . . . Sylvia Vardell has taken her experience as a college professor and the experiences of others and created a textbook that gives practical, real-life applications for connecting children with books. It will be useful to librarians long after they graduate. This is definitely a must-have for universities with library science programs and would make a nice addition to any youth librarian's professional and personal collection. Recommended."


Library Media Connection

"Sylvia M. Vardell provides a comprehensive guide to sharing picture books, poetry, fiction, fantasy, and information books with children. This reference resource also includes collaborative activities; lists of recommended Web sites, blogs, and professional resources; and selected book awards and celebrations."


Book Links

"Unlike textbooks on childrens literature that are written for teachers, Sylvia M. Vardell's Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide is written specifically with librarians and library media specialists in mind. It surveys a number of genres, among them picture books, poetry, fantasy, and informational books, and suggests ways to use both current and classic books with young patrons in grades K-6. . . . A wealth of practical applications takes this volume beyond the classroom into the realm of working librarians."


American Libraries

"Sylvia M. Vardell provides a comprehensive guide to sharing picture books, poetry, fiction, fantasy, and information books with children. This reference resource also includes collaborative activities; lists of recommended Web sites, blogs, and professional resources; and selected book awards and celebrations."


Book Links

"The excellent introduction to children's literature and its various genres and forms offers many activities and practical applications. . . . The book will be especially useful for students studying to be youth-service librarians and school media specialists, but experience librarians will find fresh ideas here, too."


School Library Journal

"Designed specifically to teach library science professionals how to select, display, and create engaging activities around children's books, this unique textbook also has far-reaching appeal to anyone interested in learning more about children's literature. . . . Written in informal and engaging prose, each chapter presents the historical background, definition, and unique qualifications of the type of literature described. An especially helpful feature is the inset boxes placed throughout chapters, which give selected bibliographies for further information and present the work of individual authors. The highlighting of these authors and their works offers a helpful model for librarians as they create their own displays and promotions. . . . A comprehensive index allows for easy access to the information presented throughout the book. Two useful bibliographies are also included that could be used to collection building: a bibliography of resources for further study and a bibliography of the works cited. These features make the book an indispensible resource for information professionals."



"…this book provides practical suggestions on selecting children's books for school and public libraries and conducting book-based programs for children."


Children's Literature Association Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585572
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 323
  • Sales rank: 245,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SYLVIA M. VARDELL is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. She holds a B.S. from the University of Texas in Elementary Education and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, Children's Literature, and Language Arts. She has been President of the U.S. Board on Books for Young People.

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Children and Their Literature 1

2 Picture Books 39

3 Traditional Tales 75

4 Poetry for Children 107

5 Contemporary Realistic Fiction 139

6 Historical Fiction 175

7 Fantasy 203

8 Informational Books 233

References 265

Bibliography of Children's Books Cited 279

Credits 299

Index 303

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