Elementary Children's Literature: Infancy through Age 13 / Edition 4

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Elementary Children’s Literature, 4e by Nancy A. Anderson, gives pre-service teachers of elementary, early childhood, and special education students—plus media specialists and parents of children aged infancy through 13—a comprehensive look at children’s literature in general plus information about hundreds of today’s best books in children’s literature. Organized around genres; written in a conversational tone; and packed with teaching strategies, technology applications, authoritative coverage of multicultural literature, and many instructional tie-ins, the book helps teachers and parents apply their knowledge of literature to help children grow in their language and reading abilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132685832
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/3/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 178,509
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy A. Anderson received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, home of the extensive de Grummond collection of children’s books. It was there she fell in love with children’s literature. Her degrees were in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and a cognate in children’s literature. She spent more than 26 years as a university professor, teaching courses in children’s literature and reading. In addition to publishing numerous articles in scholarly journals, she is author of What Should I Read Aloud? A guide to 200 best-selling picture books (International Reading Association, 2007). She is now a full time author.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Entering the World of Children’s Literature

1. Introduction to the World of Children’s Literature

Defining Literature for Children

The Birth of Modern Children’s Literature

Book Illustrations

The Genres of Literature

The Dewey Decimal System

Book Formats

The Value of Children’s Literature

Prereading Schema Building


2. Elements of Quality Children’s Literature

Book Awards

Literary Elements

Responding to Literature

Reader Response Theory by Gloria Houston

Literature Circles

Developing a Classroom Library by Susan E. Knell


3. The Art of Illustration

Evaluating Illustrations

The Union of Art and Text

Visual Elements of Artistic Design

Artistic Styles

Artistic Media and Techniques

Integrating Visual Art and Literature by Janet C. Richards


4. Early Childhood Books

Books of Early Childhood

Motivating Children to Become Lifelong Readers by Susan E. Knell


5. Traditional Literature

Evaluating Traditional Literature



Themes of Traditional Literature

The Subgenres of Traditional Literature


Part Two: The Boundless World of Fiction

6. Modern Fantasy

Evaluating Modern Fantasy

The Beginnings of Fiction and Modern Fantasy

Types of Fantasy


7. Animal Fantasy

Evaluating Animal Fantasy

Milestones in Animal Fantasy

Types of Animal Fantasy


8. Culturally Diverse Literature

Evaluating Culturally Diverse Literature

Categories of Culturally Diverse Books

Misrepresentation of Culture

Latino Literature by Alcione N. Ostorga

African American Literature by Sabrina A. Brinson

Asian American Literature by Ni Chang

Native American Literature

Literature of Religious Cultures


9. Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Evaluating Contemporary Fiction

Characteristics of Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Bibliotherapy by Dan T. Ouzts and Mark J. Palombo






Social Reality

Personal Issues


Censorship by Jenifer Jasinsky Schneider

10. Historical Fiction

Evaluating Historical Fiction

Characteristics of Historical Fiction

Biographic Historical Fiction

Researching Historical Fiction

Scott O’Dell Award

Periods Depicted in Historical Fiction

Enhancing Curriculum with Historical Fiction by Sharon Smith


Part Three: Discovering the World through Nonfiction

11. Biography and Autobiography

Evaluating Biography

Reading Biographies for Pleasure

Types of Biography

Forms of Biography

Integrating Biography with the Study of History

Enhancing Curriculum with Biography by Sharon Smith


12. Informational Books

Evaluating Informational Books

Characteristics of Informational Books

Enhancing Curriculum with Informational Books

Building a Foundation for Content Area Reading

Graphic Organizers


13. Poetry and Verse

Evaluating Poetry and Verse

Characteristics of Poetry and Verse

Forms of Poetry

Poetry in Our Culture

NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children

Developing Love (or Hate) for Poetry

Types of Poetry Books

The Value of Poetry in the Classroom by Georgann C. Wyatt


14. Teaching Reading through Literature

Reading Aloud to Children

Sustained Silent Reading

Reading Instruction with Trade books

Children’s Oral Reading

Guided Silent Reading

Implementing a Yearlong Literature Program




Name and Title Index

Subject Index

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