Literature for Children: A Short Introduction, 8/e

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-01-01
  • Publisher: PEARSON
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Literature for Children: A Short Introduction, 8/e is a concise, accessible, text that provides a solid understanding of the foundations of children’s literature across its various genres from picture books to folk literature. In his usual engaging style, popular author David Russell stresses that students need to first appreciate literature in order to later use and teach it effectively in their own classrooms. The text’s user-friendly format includes a wealth of real examples from literature, and its concise presentation allows students to spend more time reading actual children’s books. Substantially updated to bring the text and its resource lists in line with today’s most current scholarship, the Eighth Edition includes a list of the winners of the Orbis Picture Awards for children’s nonfiction, annotated recommended booklists, and discussions of important topics such as the Common Core curriculum, using technology in the classroom, teaching folktales, twenty-five uses of poetry, and critical approaches to literature that demonstrate a variety of ways of reading children’s books.

Author Biography

David L. Russell has taught children’s literature courses at Ferris State University in Michigan for over 30 years. He is the author of Patricia MacLachlan and Scott O’Dell, both Twayne critical biographies, as well as numerous scholarly articles in various journals. A member of the Children’s Literature Association, for which he served as Treasurer and Publications Chair for several years, he is currently co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn, one of the premier professional journals in the field of children’s literature.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1        The History of Children’s Literature: How We Got Here                                                 


Chapter 2        Literature and the Child: Growing Through Reading


Chapter 3        The Literature Experience: Reading, Writing, Talking, Doing                 


Chapter 4        Diversity and Inclusion: Reading the World           


Chapter 5        Beginning Books: Knowledge Through Delight                  


Chapter 6        Picture Storybooks: The Collaboration of Story and Art


Chapter 7        Poetry: For the Love of Language                                       


Chapter 8        Folk Narratives: The Oldest Stories                                   


Chapter 9        The Elements of Story: Reading Fiction                 


Chapter 10      Fantasy Fiction: The World of Make-Believe                                


Chapter 11      Realistic Fiction: The Days of Our Lives                


Chapter 12      Nonfiction: Telling It Like It Is                                            



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