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

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

by Sylvia M. Vardell
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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

An introduction to children and their literature, an activity-oriented survey of books which should be in your library, focused on librarians with practical applications for librarians to share books with children, plans for book-based programs, and ways to collaborate with teachers and families in sharing books with children. Help is given for the selection and sharing of books in each genre. Each chapter has brief insets of author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and activities, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, and assignment suggestions.

The author, a former President of the U.S. Board on Books for Young People, has written an affordable text especially for school and children's librarians and faculty teaching both undergraduate and graduate students who are studying to be school and children's librarians. While similar texts on this subject are designed for teachers, this is an activities-oriented survey of children's literature written especially for students seeking licensure and degrees leading to careers working with children in schools and public libraries. All the pieces are there, the explanations of the genres, introductions to authors and illustrations, and the use of specific titles with their audiences, and the literature is carefully linked to active practice in libraries. 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 framework for this text adds a layer of practical application in every chapter for the librarian who shares books with children, plans book-based programs, and collaborates with teachers and families in sharing books and developing literature-based instruction. What does a librarian need to know about how to select and share books in each genre? What are the usual promotion and collaboration activities associated with each genre? This book answers those questions while maintaining its focus on literature for children. Embedded in a genre approach to literature, it has a unique focus on the librarian or future librarian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591585572
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2008
Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sylvia M. Vardell is professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. She holds a BS 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. Vardell received the 2014 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: An Introduction To Children And Their Literature

Becoming Literate

Literacy Development

Emergent Literacy

Schools and Reading

Reading Aloud

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

Readers' Advisory

Selecting and Reviewing Children's Books

Awards in Children's Literature

Other Major Awards

Best Lists

What Books?

Learning About Authors, Illustrators, and Poets

Literature in Action: Launching Literature and Literacy Celebrations

Ongoing Professional Development


Professional Resources for Children's Literature

Assignments in Action: Getting Started

Chapter 2: Picture Books



Types of Picture Books

Major Authors and Illustrators of Picture Books

Children's Picture Book Illustration

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Picture Books and Illustration

Literature in Action: Sharing Picture Books Aloud

Sharing Picture Books


Professional Resources on the Art of Picture Books

Assignments in Action: Looking into Picture Books

Chapter 3: Traditional Tales



Types of Traditional Tales

Major Retellers of Traditional Tales

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Traditional Tales

Literature in Action: Featuring Folktale Variants

Sharing Traditional Tales


Professional Resources for Traditional Literature

Assignments in Action: Celebrating Traditional Tales

Chapter 4: Poetry For Children



Types of Poetry Books for Children

Major Poets

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Poetry

Literature in Action: Leading Choral Reading and Poetry Performance

Sharing Poetry


Professional Resources in Children's Poetry

Assignments in Action: Exploring Poetry Possibilities

Chapter 5: Contemporary Realistic Fiction



Types of Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Controversy and Contemporary Realism

Major Authors of Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Literature in Action: Guiding Book Reports and Responses

Sharing Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Professional Resources in Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Assignments in Action: Checking Out Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Chapter 6: Historical Fiction



Types of Historical Fiction

Major Authors of Historical Fiction

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Historical Fiction

Literature in Action: "What Would Cleopatra Do?"

Sharing Historical Fiction


Professional Resources for Historical Fiction

Assignments in Action: Digging Deeper into Historical Fiction

Chapter 7: Fantasy



Types of Fantasy


Major Authors of Fantasy

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Fantasy

Literature in Action: Expanding Reading with Audiobooks

Sharing Fantasy


Professional Resources in Fantasy Literature

Assignments in Action: Delving into Fantasy

Chapter 8: Informational Books



Types of Informational Books

Major Authors of Informational Books

Evaluation Criteria

Awards for Informational Books

Literature in Action: Introducing Access Features

Sharing Informational Books


Professional Resources in Nonfiction

Assignments in Action: Investigating Informational Books


Bibliography of Children's Books Cited



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