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Appropriate for introductory courses in children's literature. Written in a conversational tone, this brief text introduces readers to the nature and genres of children's literature and enumerates the authors' favorite books for various purposes. It provides a practical framework and background information while keeping the spotlight on the books themselves. At no extra expense, every copy of the book contains a powerful CD-ROM database listing more than 10,000 children's literature titles and allows users to easily select literature for various needs (now dual-platform).
Table of Contents
I. THE BOOK.
1. Why Read? 2. What Is a Good Book? 3. What Is a Good Book? The Words. 4. What Is a Good Book? The Pictures. 5. Children's Books: History and Trends.
II. THE CONTENT.
6. Categories of Children's Literature. 7. Traditional Fantasy. 8. Modern Fantasy. 9. Contemporary Realistic Fiction. 10. Historical Fiction. 11. Biography. 12. Informational Books. 13. Picture Books. 14. Poetry. 15. Multicultural and International Books. 16. Controversial Books.
III. THE CLASSROOM.
17. The Teacher as Reader. 18. Motivating Students to Read. 19. Building a Classroom Library. 20. Teaching Reading with Children's Literature. 21. Evaluating Children's Reading. 22. Teaching the Curriculum with Children's Literature. Appendix A: Book Selection Aids. Appendix B: Magazines for Children. Appendix C: Publishing Children's Books. Appendix D: Audiovisual Media and Children's Books. Appendix E: Author and Illustrator Visits. Appendix F: Children's Book Awards. Appendix G: Publishers' Addresses.