The Joy of Children's Literature / Edition 2

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THE JOY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, 2nd Edition, provides in-depth coverage of children's literature with integrated reading methods in a concise, accessible format. The compact length allows for time to read the numerous children's books highlighted in the text. Johnson emphasizes that reading, writing, discussing, and finding pleasure in children's books are essential to the ability to recognize and recommend literature, and ultimately, to the ability to share the joy of children's literature with children themselves. The book is divided into three main parts. Part I introduces foundational concepts necessary to the study of children's literature, including child development and the history and scope of children's literature. Part II analyzes a different literary genre in each chapter, providing a history of the genre, a consideration of its role in modern children's literature, key books in the genre, and discussion. Part III considers the usage of children's literature in the classroom, with practical advice for teaching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111298364
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: What's New in Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 192,395
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Denise Johnson is an associate professor of reading education at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, where she was recently presented with the University Professor of Teaching Excellence award. She received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school reading specialist, and a Reading Recovery teacher, and now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in reading and language arts methods and children's literature. For the last 15 years, Dr. Johnson has conducted research on literacy, children's literature, and the integration of technology into pre-service and in-service education courses and within elementary classrooms. She has published in a variety of journals, such as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Literacy Teaching and Learning. Active in several professional organizations including the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Children's Literature Association, the author presents regularly at conferences around the country, and continues to work with teachers and children to advance the use of children's literature in the classroom.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE, CHILDREN, AND LITERACY. 1. The Books: Children's Literature. 2. How Children Respond to Literature. 3. Literacy: How Children Become Good Readers. Visual Discussion 1. Part II: THE GOOD BOOKS THEMSELVES. 4. Picturebooks: Beyond Words and Illustrations. 5. Traditional Literature. 6. Modern Fantasy. 7. Realistic Fiction. 8. Historical Fiction. 9. Poetry. 10. Nonfiction: Biographies and Informational Books. 11. Diverse Perspectives in Children's Literature. 12. The New Literacies: The World of Online Children's Literature. Visual Discussion 2. Part III: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN THE CLASSROOM. 13. Reading to and with Children: Reading Aloud, Shared and Guiding Reading, and Writing. 14. Reading by Children: Independent Reading and Writing and Literature Circles. Visual Discussion 3. Appendices. Credits. Title/Author Index. Subject Index.

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