Children's Literature in Action

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-30
  • Publisher: CLIO
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Vardell provides an introduction to children and their literature through an activity-oriented survey of books that should be in your library. Written for librarians, the book offers practical applications to help you share books with children, as well as plans for book-based programs and ways to collaborate with teachers and families to share books with children. Each chapter includes 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. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
An Introduction to Children and Their Literaturep. 1
Becoming Literatep. 2
Literacy Developmentp. 5
Emergent Literacyp. 7
Schools and Readingp. 9
Reading Aloudp. 11
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)p. 11
Readers' Advisoryp. 12
Selecting and Reviewing Children's Booksp. 13
Awards in Children's Literaturep. 16
Other Major Awardsp. 17
Best Listsp. 20
What Books?p. 22
Learning About Authors, Illustrators, and Poetsp. 24
Literature in Action: Launching Literature and Literacy Celebrationsp. 30
Ongoing Professional Developmentp. 32
Conclusionp. 33
Professional Resources for Children's Literaturep. 34
Assignments in Action: Getting Startedp. 35
Picture Booksp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Definitionsp. 42
Types of Picture Booksp. 44
Major Authors and Illustrators of Picture Booksp. 49
Children's Picture Book Illustrationp. 53
Evaluation Criteriap. 57
Awards for Picture Books and Illustrationp. 62
Literature in Action: Sharing Picture Books Aloudp. 65
Sharing Picture Booksp. 68
Conclusionp. 71
Professional Resources on the Art of Picture Booksp. 72
Assignments in Action: Looking into Picture Booksp. 73
Traditional Talesp. 75
Introductionp. 75
Definitionsp. 78
Types of Traditional Talesp. 81
Major Retellers of Traditional Talesp. 86
Evaluation Criteriap. 92
Awards for Traditional Talesp. 96
Literature in Action: Featuring Folktale Variantsp. 97
Sharing Traditional Talesp. 102
Conclusionp. 104
Professional Resources for Traditional Literaturep. 104
Assignments in Action: Celebrating Traditional Talesp. 105
Poetry for Childrenp. 107
Introductionp. 107
Definitionsp. 110
Types of Poetry Books for Childrenp. 112
Major Poetsp. 117
Evaluation Criteriap. 124
Awards for Poetryp. 127
Literature in Action: Leading Choral Reading and Poetry Performancep. 130
Sharing Poetryp. 132
Conclusionp. 136
Professional Resources in Children's Poetryp. 136
Assignments in Action: Exploring Poetry Possibilitiesp. 137
Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 139
Introductionp. 139
Definitionsp. 142
Types of Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 144
Controversy and Contemporary Realismp. 150
Major Authors of Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 152
Evaluation Criteriap. 157
Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 162
Literature in Action: Guiding Book Reports and Responsesp. 164
Sharing Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 169
Conclusionp. 172
Professional Resources in Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 172
Assignments in Action: Checking Out Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 173
Historical Fictionp. 175
Introductionp. 175
Definitionsp. 177
Types of Historical Fictionp. 179
Major Authors of Historical Fictionp. 184
Evaluation Criteriap. 189
Awards for Historical Fictionp. 193
Literature in Action: "What Would Cleopatra Do?"p. 194
Sharing Historical Fictionp. 195
Conclusionp. 198
Professional Resources for Historical Fictionp. 199
Assignments in Action: Digging Deeper into Historical Fictionp. 200
Fantasyp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Definitionsp. 205
Types of Fantasyp. 209
Controversyp. 212
Major Authors of Fantasyp. 213
Evaluation Criteriap. 218
Awards for Fantasyp. 221
Literature in Action: Expanding Reading with Audiobooksp. 222
Sharing Fantasyp. 226
Conclusionp. 230
Professional Resources in Fantasy Literaturep. 230
Assignments in Action: Delving into Fantasyp. 231
Informational Booksp. 233
Introductionp. 233
Definitionsp. 236
Types of Informational Booksp. 238
Major Authors of Informational Booksp. 247
Evaluation Criteriap. 253
Awards for Informational Booksp. 256
Literature in Action: Introducing Access Featuresp. 257
Sharing Informational Booksp. 260
Conclusionp. 263
Professional Resources in Nonfictionp. 263
Assignments in Action: Investigating Informational Booksp. 264
Referencesp. 265
Bibliography of Children's Books Citedp. 279
Creditsp. 299
Indexp. 303
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