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  • FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS from notable children's picture books support discussions of artistic styles and visual elements (Chapter 2) and visual literacy (Chapter 4).
  • Conveniently and innovatively reproduced on inside front and back covers with handy guides to the illustrations and their characteristics on facing pages.
  • BEAUTIFUL NEW COVER ART BY ILLUSTRATOR ERIC VELASQUEZ sets the tone for an inclusive multicultural approach to children's literature.
  • USING LITERATURE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM TABLES offer practical suggestions for using traditional literature, historical fiction, biography, and informational books across the curriculum (Chapters 5, 8, and 9).


  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF INFORMATIONAL LITERATURE includes the elements of nonfiction and suggestions for teaching students how to read nonfiction (Chapter 9).
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF LITERATURE AND THE TEACHING OF READING includes a discussion of the National Reading Panel Report and how that report is related to the teaching of literature (Chapters 1 and 11) .


"This book is distinguished from others in its field by its comprehensive treatment of each topic. It is also distinctive in its treatment of multicultural literature. The authors make clear that the creation of a separate chapter for this is not in any way to suggest that this ought to be a specialty area, rather, thismulticulturalism should infuse every genre, as indeed it does in this text."
Tom Caron, Marshall University

"My students have had positive responses to this text. Most of them have mentioned that they are glad that they will have it as a resource in their classrooms when they start teaching."
Lori Elliott, Georgia State University

"This book is straightforward, reader friendly, and not overwhelming for the student."
Dr. Dottie Kulesza, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205459087
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/27/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Children and Literature.

Introduction to Part One.

    1. Learning about Children and Their Literature.

            Definitions of Children™s Literature.



            The Personal Value of Literature to Children.


                        Imagination and Inspiration.

                        Vicarious Experience.

                        Understanding and Empathy.


                        Moral Reasoning.

                        Literary and Artistic Preferences.

            The Academic Value of Literature to Children.



                        Content Area Subjects.

                        Art Appreciation.

            Approaches to Studying and Interpreting Literature.

            Choosing Books for Children.

                        Know the Child.

                        Know the Books.

                        Know the Reading Process.

                        Consider the Mode of Delivery.

            Reliable Sources for Book Titles.

            Literature for the Developing Child.

                        Ages 0 to 2.

                        Ages 2 to 4.

                        Ages 4 to 7.

                        Ages 7 to 9.

                        Ages 9 to 12.

            Children™s Reading Preferences.

            Children™s Reading Interests.

            Trends in Children™s Literature.



    2. Learning About Books.

            Elements of Fiction.






            Visual Elements.






            Artistic Styles.

            Artistic Media.

             Book Format.

            Balance and Variety in Book Selections.

            Categories of Literature.



II. Categories of Literature.

Introduction to Part Two.

    3. Poetry and Plays. 

            I. Poetry.

            Definition and Description.

            Types of Poetry Books.

                        Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Books.

                        Nursery and Folk Songbooks.

                        Anthologies of Poetry.

                        Specialized Poetry Books.

                        Single Illustrated Poems.

            Elements of Poetry.

            Evaluation and Selection of Poetry.

                        Children™s Poetry Preferences.

            Historical Overview of Poetry.

            Poetry Types and Forms.

            Poetry in the Classroom.

                        Students™ Listening to and Saying Poems.

                        Students™ Reading and Writing Poems.

            II. Plays.

            Definition and Description.

            Evaluation and Selection of Plays.

            Historical Overview of Plays.

            Types of Plays.


            Notable Poets and Playwrights.

            Recommended Poetry Books.            

            Recommended Books of Plays.


    4. Picture Books.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

            Evaluation and Selection of Picture Books.

            Historical Overview of Picture Books.

            Types of Picture Books.

                        Baby Books.

                        Interactive Books.

                        Toy Books.             

                        Wordless Books.

                        Alphabet Books.

                        Counting Books.

                        Concept Books.

                        Pattern Books.

                         Picture Storybooks.

                        Easy-to-Read Books

                        Picture Books for Older Readers.

                        Graphic Novels.

                        Transitional Books.


            Notable Authors and Illustrators of Picture Books.

            Recommended Picture Books.


     5. Traditional Literature.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

            Evaluation and Selection of Traditional Literature.

            Historical Overview of Traditional Literature.

            Types of Traditional Literature.



                        Legends and Tall Tales.



                        Religious Stories.


            Notable Retellers and Illustrators of Traditional Literature.

            Recommended Traditional Literature.


    6. Modern Fantasy.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

            Evaluation and Selection of Modern Fantasy.

            Historical Overview of Modern Fantasy.

             Types of Modern Fantasy.

                        Modern Folktales.

                        Animal Fantasy.

                        Personified Toys and Objects.

                        Unusual Characters and Strange Situations.

                        Worlds of Little People.

                        Supernatural Events and Mystery Fantasy.

                        Historical Fantasy.

                        Quest Stories.

                        Science Fiction and Science Fantasy.


            Notable Authors of Modern Fantasy.

            Recommended Modern Fantasy Books.


    7. Realistic Fiction.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

            Evaluation and Selection of Realistic Fiction.

            Historical Overview of Realistic Fiction.

            Types of Realistic Fiction.



                        Mental, Physical, and Behavioral Challenges.

                        Cultural Diversity.




                        Moral Choices.

                        Romance and Sexuality.

                        Rites of Passage.

                        Adventure and Survival.


            Notable Authors of Realistic Fiction.

            Recommended Realistic Fiction Books


    8. Historical Fiction.

             Definitions and Descriptions.

            Evaluation and Selection of Historical Fiction.

            Early Books and Trends in Historical Fiction.

            Topics in Historical Fiction.

                        Themes in Historical Fiction.

                        Periods of Historical Fiction.


            Notable Authors of Historical Fiction.

            Recommended Historical Fiction Authors.


    9. Nonfiction: Biography and Informational Books.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

            Elements of Nonfiction.




            Reading Nonfiction.

            Formats of Nonfiction Books.

            Evaluation and Selection of Nonfiction.

            Historical Overview of Nonfiction.

            Types of Biographies.

                        Authentic Biography.

                        Fictionalized Biography.

                        Biographical Fiction.

            Topics of Informational Books

                        Biological Science.

                        Physical Science.

                        Social Science.

                        Applied Science.



            Notable Authors of Nonfiction.

            Recommended Nonfiction Books.


    10. Multicultural and International Literature.

            I. Multicultural Literature.

            Definitions and Descriptions.

             Values of Multicultural Literature for Children.

            Evaluation and Selection of Multicultural Literature.

            Historical Overview of Multicultural Literature.

            Types of Multicultural Literature.

                        African-American Literature.

                        Asian-American Literature.

                        Jewish-American Literature.

                        Latino-American Literature.

                         Native American Literature.

            II. International Literature.

            Definitions and Description.

            Values of International Literature for Children.

            Evaluation and Selection of International Literature.

            Historical Overview of International Literature.

            International Books by World Regions.


            Notable Authors and Illustrators of Multicultural Literature.

            Notable Authors, Illustrators, and Translators of International Literature.

            Recommended Multicultural Books.

            Recommended International Books.


III. Literature in the School.

Introduction to Part Three.


    11. Planning the Literature Curriculum.

            The Literature Curriculum.

            Organizing the Literature Curriculum.


                        Author or Illustrator.

                        Literary Element and Device.

                        Notable Book.

                        Theme or Topic.

            Developing the Literature Curriculum.

                        Designing a Classroom Environment.

                        Building a Classroom Library Collection.

                        Outlining a Year-Long Literature Curriculum.

                         Fleshing Out the Units of Study.

            Literature in the Reading Program.

                        Basal Reading Program Supplemented by Children™s Literature.

                        Literature-Based Reading.

            Evaluating the Literature Program.

                        Observation and Assessment of Student Learning.

                        Observation and Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness.

            Implementing a Schoolwide Curriculum in Literature.

                         The Library Media Center.

                        Book Clubs.


                        Parent Involvement.

                        Guest Authors and Illustrators.

                        Local Public Library.

            Censorship, Selection, and First Amendment Rights.

                        Dealing with Censorship Attempts.

                        Teaching the First Amendment.



    12. Developing Teaching Strategies.

            Experiencing Literature.

                        Reading Aloud by Teachers.

                        Silent Reading by Students.



                         Shared Reading.

                        Audiotapes, Videotapes, and CD-ROM Storybooks.

                        Literature Across the Curriculum.


            Responding to Literature.

                        Book Discussions.

                        Creative Drama.

                        Readers™ Theatre.

                        Storytellings and Retellings.

                        Written Expression.

                        Literary Works as Writing Models.

                        Traditional Book Reports.

                        Pictures and Collages.


                        Roller Movies.

                         Dioramas and Displays.

                        Books and Big Books.

                        Newspapers and Newsletters.

                        Timelines, Maps, Diagrams, and Charts.


                        Bulletin Boards.



Appendix A. Children™s Book Awards.


Appendix B. Professional Resources.


Appendix C. Children™s Magazines.


Appendix D. Short Story Collections.


Appendix E. Transitional Books.


Credits and Acknowledgements.


Index to Children™s Books and Authors.


Subject Index.



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