Children's Literature, Briefly

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Are you looking for a brief introduction to children’s literature genres that leaves time to read actual works of children’s literature? This new, significantly revised and streamlined edition of Children’s Literature, Briefly introduces the reader to the essential foundations of each children’s literature genre, supported by practical features and tools to suggest quality books and activities to advance literacy in the classroom. As new teachers build their classroom library, the brevity of this affordable new edition ensures readers have the resources to purchase and time to read actual children’s literature.

The goal of this text, then, is to provide a practical overview of children's books, offering a framework and background information while keeping the spotlight on the books themselves.

''Several students over the years have told me it was one of the few texts they took with them to their first year of teaching. It contained the criteria for making good judgments. They could quickly apply the principles outlined to other books. l find this one of the primary strengths of the text and it is one reason why I keep using it.'' - Jean Stringam, Missouri State University

''This text provides a clear and concise overview of children’s literature. It does not overwhelm the students with too much information. The strengths are clear and concise information and the reading lists.'' - Rhonda L. Truitt, Catawba College

''The concise and clever writing style works so well with the students taking this course.'' - Marianne Baker, James Madison University

''I love the first chapter and how it positions the reader in seeing the value of reading. I also love the color insert that makes illustrations come alive.'' - Diane Barone, University of Nevada, Reno

Table of Contents

The Magic of Books
Why Read?p. 1
The Rewards of Readingp. 1
Unengaged and Engaged Readingp. 4
Why Do So Few People Read?p. 4
Reading Is Personally Motivatingp. 4
Engaged and Unengaged Readingp. 6
What Is a Good Book?p. 10
Choosing Children's Booksp. 10
Judging a Book: Literary Quality Versus Personal Tastep. 11
Qualityp. 11
Tastep. 13
How to Recognize a Well-Written Bookp. 18
Choosing the Right Wordsp. 18
Precise Vocabularyp. 19
Figurative Languagep. 21
Dialoguep. 22
Music in Languagep. 23
Understatementp. 24
Unexpected Insightsp. 25
Elements of Weak Writingp. 26
How to Recognize a Well-Illustrated Bookp. 29
Visual Literacy: Developing the Ability to "See"p. 29
Functions of Illustrations in Picture Booksp. 30
Style and Media in Picture Book Illustrationsp. 33
Visual Elementsp. 34
Additional Illustration Criteria: Action and Detailp. 36
Depicting Actionp. 36
Creating Depth with Detailp. 36
Care Given to Bookmakingp. 38
The Books Themselves
Children's Books: History and Trendsp. 41
Early Books for Childrenp. 41
Children's Books Come of Agep. 45
The 1800sp. 45
1900-1950p. 46
1950-Presentp. 47
New Realismp. 48
Minority Booksp. 48
The Changing Trends in Genres and Formats of Children's Booksp. 49
A Changing Marketplacep. 50
The 21st Centuryp. 52
Organizing Children's Literature by Genrep. 56
The Genresp. 56
The Book Listsp. 59
Picture Booksp. 61
Categories of Picture Booksp. 61
ABC Booksp. 61
Counting Booksp. 63
Concept Booksp. 64
Participation Booksp. 64
Wordless Picture Booksp. 65
Predictable Booksp. 65
Beginning Reader Picture Booksp. 66
Picture Storybooksp. 67
Engineered Booksp. 67
Baby/Board Booksp. 69
Picture Books Available in Audiovisual Formatsp. 70
Poetryp. 80
Why Children May Learn to Dislike Poetryp. 80
Building Appreciation for Poetryp. 82
The NCTE Poetry Awardp. 85
Forms of Poetryp. 92
Building a Poetry Collectionp. 94
Traditional Fantasyp. 101
Traditional Fantasy: A Part of Every Culturep. 101
Peculiarities of Traditional Fantasyp. 102
The Universal Nature of Traditional Fantasyp. 102
The Values of Fantasyp. 104
Types of Traditional Fantasyp. 105
In Defense of Traditional Fantasyp. 109
Psychological Fantasyp. 109
Violencep. 110
Frightening for Young Childrenp. 110
Waste of Timep. 111
Modern Fantasyp. 116
A Definition of Modern Fantasyp. 116
Categories of Modern Fantasyp. 117
Six Basic Fantasy Motifsp. 118
Science Fictionp. 120
The Truth in Fantasyp. 121
Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 128
Importance of Storyp. 128
Identifying with Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 128
Contemporary Realistic Fiction and Societyp. 130
Common Categories of Contemporary Realistic Fictionp. 132
Historical Fictionp. 142
History Textbooks Versus History Trade Booksp. 142
History Textbooks Cover Too Muchp. 143
The People Are Missing!p. 143
Historical Fiction: Presenting Multiple Perspectivesp. 144
What Makes Good Historical Fiction?p. 145
History Should Not Be Sugarcoatedp. 146
Historical Accuracy Is Requiredp. 146
The Historical Period Should Come to Lifep. 147
The History Usually Is Revealed through the Eyes of a Young Protagonistp. 148
Avoid Too Much Attention to Historical Detailp. 149
Types of Historical Fictionp. 149
Reviewing the Values of Historical Fictionp. 150
Biographyp. 155
Typical Personalities in Biographiesp. 155
Types of Biographiesp. 158
Judging Biographies for Young Readersp. 160
Informational Booksp. 168
The Purpose of Informational Booksp. 168
Finding Good Informational Booksp. 171
Attractive Designp. 171
Compelling Detailsp. 172
Fascinating Comparisonsp. 174
Unusual Subjects or Viewpointsp. 175
Personalized Contentp. 176
Accuracyp. 178
Types of Informational Booksp. 179
Multicultural and International Booksp. 188
Multicultural Literaturep. 188
The Need for Multicultural Booksp. 189
Judging Multicultural Literaturep. 190
The Growth of Multicultural Literaturep. 192
International Booksp. 193
Books in the Classroom
Controversial Booksp. 202
The First Amendmentp. 202
Predictable and Unpredictable Controversyp. 203
Intellectual Freedom and Individual Choicep. 204
Handling Book Challengesp. 207
Materials Selection Policyp. 208
Grievance Procedurep. 208
Steps to Reduce Emotional Tensionp. 208
Motivating Students to Readp. 212
Helping Students Find the Books They Likep. 215
Learning from Motivated Readersp. 215
Getting Students Quickly into Booksp. 217
Reading Incentive Programsp. 218
Organizing the Classroom to Get Children into Booksp. 220
First: Set an Examplep. 220
Second: Provide Booksp. 220
Third: Make Time for Booksp. 220
Fourth: Create a Reading Atmospherep. 223
Fifth: Work with Parentsp. 224
Sixth: Choose Meaningful Activities and Assignmentsp. 224
Teaching with Children's Booksp. 226
Opening Doors with Booksp. 227
The Strengths of Trade Booksp. 228
Research Support for Using Trade Books to Teach Readingp. 231
Using Trade Books in the Reading Curriculump. 232
Talking about Booksp. 232
Written and Creative Responsesp. 234
Using Trade Books in the Other Subject Areasp. 238
The Individual Reading Approachp. 238
The Large-Group Reading Approachp. 239
The Small-Group Reading Approachp. 240
Three Principles of Using Trade Books to Teach Subject Matterp. 241
The Last Wordp. 242
Guidelines for Building a Classroom Libraryp. 244
Book Selection Aidsp. 251
Magazines for Childrenp. 257
Children's Book Awardsp. 261
Publishing Children's Booksp. 274
Name Indexp. 279
Subject Indexp. 294
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