CyberLit: Online Connections to Children's Literature for the Primary Grades

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Elementary school media specialists and teachers routinely use children's picture books in their lessons. These books add depth and vitality to the curriculum because they are written and illustrated by some of the world's most gifted writers and artists. Yet, educators are finding it increasingly harder to insert this pleasant and important activity into the busy school day due to increased pressures to improve test scores, to implement a standards-driven curriculum, and to stay abreast of new technologies to ...

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Overview

Elementary school media specialists and teachers routinely use children's picture books in their lessons. These books add depth and vitality to the curriculum because they are written and illustrated by some of the world's most gifted writers and artists. Yet, educators are finding it increasingly harder to insert this pleasant and important activity into the busy school day due to increased pressures to improve test scores, to implement a standards-driven curriculum, and to stay abreast of new technologies to deliver instruction. This book helps educators continue to incorporate literature into the school day in spite of these obstacles. CyberLit is a book for those who work with, or teach others who work with, children in the primary grades. It is for those who use trade books to supplement and enhance health, science, creative writing, history, geography, reading, math, language arts, character education, multicultural studies, holidays, citizenship, and the fine arts. It's for those who love children's literature and book illustration. With this book, you no longer need to get lost in cyberspace! The information has already been searched, collected, assessed, and compiled. Easily accessible and at your fingertips, this directory can help you to get biographical information about authors and illustrators, and to learn how they get ideas for stories, how illustrations are created, how to extend the books into the curriculum, and where to find time-saving lesson plans and book-related activities for classroom projects and units. These outstanding websites of children's authors, illustrators, and storybook characters were selected based on their educational value and for the fact that they contain a minimum of commercialization. They are exemplary examples of authors, publishers, and scholars who understand and acknowledge the roles of teachers and librarians. Like little gems in cyberspace, they go beyond the ordinary content for busy educators.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
Offers a helping hand to those looking for material on a dozen popular primary-grades authors/characters, from Jan Brett to Curious George to Rosemary Wells...There's an abundance of material that should provide curricular expansion, exploration, and support, and not just for educators; some sites are child-aimed and some librarian-aimed as well.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Offers a helping hand to those looking for material on a dozen popular primary-grades authors/characters, from Jan Brett to Curious George to Rosemary Wells...There's an abundance of material that should provide curricular expansion, exploration, and support, and not just for educators; some sites are child-aimed and some librarian-aimed as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849037
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Dover Newman has been an elementary school media specialist for Broward County (Florida) public schools since 1988. She has taught media education courses as an adjunct instructor for Nova Southeastern University, Florida, and has authored numerous grants in the area of preschool literacy.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Jan Brett 3 Marc Brown's Arthur 4 Eric Carle 5 Denise Fleming 6 Kevin Henkes 7 Willian Joyce 8 Robert Munsch 9 Laurs Joffe Numeroff 10 Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit 11 H. A. and Margret Rey's Curious George 12 William Steig 13 Rosemary Wells 14 Children;s Picture Book Illustration 15 A Treasury of Lesson Plans for the Caldecott Medal Books

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