Literature for Children (with Book Links Journal) / Edition 5

Literature for Children (with Book Links Journal) / Edition 5

by David L. Russell
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Pearson Education


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Literature for Children (with Book Links Journal) / Edition 5

This succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. The completely updated edition of this groundbreaking text provides students with a clear literary perspective for understanding the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children's literature from picture to informational books. This Fifth Edition continues to be approachable and inviting with its clear and logical organization and its simple and direct prose.

New To The Fifth Edition!

  • New reorganization of chapters provides a better segue between Part I and II.
  • Completely re-written chapter (previously titled "child development") now includes broader issues of children's studies and how they impact the literature.
  • Significantly expanded history of children's literature including more titles and authors, provides a thorough and comprehensive background.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205451302
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 10/20/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapter concludes with “Summary,”  “Works Cited,” and “Recommended Readings.”


1. The History of Children's Literature.

The Classical World.

The Middle Ages.

The World Renaissance.

The Eighteenth and Early Ninteenth Centuries.

The Victorians: The Golden Age.

The United States.

Between the Wars: 1920-1940.

From World War II to the Present.

Children's Literature from Around the World.

2. The Study of Childhood.

The Discovery of Childhood.

Language Acquisition.

Modern Theories of Child Development.

3. The Study of Literature.

The Elements of Literature.

Literacy Criticism.

4. The Literature Experience.

Literature-Based Learning.

Children's Literature and Film.

Children's Books and Censorship.

5. Cultural and Social Diversity.

Cultural Diversity.

Social Diversity.

A Selected Bibliography of Culturally Diverse Children's Books.


6. Books of Early Childhood.

Mother Goose Books.

Wordless Picture Books.

Toy Books.

Alphabet Books.

Counting Books.

Concept Books.

Sharing Books with the Very Young.

A Selected Bibliography of Books for the Very Young.

7. Picture Storybooks.

Storytelling Elements.

The Conventions of Picture Book Art.

Design and Meaning in Picture Books.

Artistic Media.

Artistic Styles.

Appreciating the Picture Book.

Selected Bibliography of Picture Storybooks.

8. Folk Literature.

Definition of Folk Literature.

Types of Folk Literature.

Folktale Conventions.

Issues in Folk Literature.

Collectors, Retellers, and Adapters.

Selected Bibliography of Folk Literature, Myths, and Legends.

9. Poetry.

Definitions of Poetry.

10. Fantasy.

11. Realistic and Historical Fiction.

12. Biography and Informational Books.

Appendix: Children's Book Awards.

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