Literature for Young Children Supporting Emergent Literacy, Ages 0-8

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-02
  • Publisher: Pearson

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In the new edition of this widely popular guide, Literature for Young Children: Supporting Emergent Literacy, Ages 0-8,early childhood teachers and child-care professionals get the help they need to recognize high-quality children's literature and to learn to use it effectively to support emerging literacy development in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-age children. The authors, widely known as authorities in this field, explain how to use children's literature as a teaching tool and provide readers with a number of developmentally appropriate strategies for sharing literature with young children.

Author Biography

Cyndi Giorgis is a Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she teaches courses in children’s literature, visual literacy, multicultural literature, and literature for young children. She is a former primary grade classroom teacher and school librarian. She has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel Award committees and is a former editor of The Reading Teacher’s Children’s Book Review column. Professor Giorgis has edited the Journal of Children’s Literature and has served on various boards such as the International Reading Teacher’s Special Interest Group in Children’s Literature and Reading and the board of the Children’s Literature Assembly. Dr. Giorgis has published numerous professional articles about literature in the classroom including the most recent book chapter in A Master Class in Children’s Literature: Trends and Issues in an Evolving Field as well as the book The Wonder of It All: When Literature and Literacy Intersect. She is the recipient of the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.


Joan I. Glazer is Professor Emerita of Education at Rhode Island College, where she taught courses in children’s literature, language arts, and reading. She has taught at the elementary school level, served as a Head Start supervisor, and worked as an educational consultant for numerous school districts. She spent the 2002–2003 academic year in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar, visiting more than 60 schools to present teacher workshops and demonstration lessons focusing on American Studies. She is a past president of the United States Board on Books for Young People, a past Executive Committee member of the International Board on Books for Young People, and is the current president of the board that oversees the publication of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. Dr. Glazer has been honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, was the first holder of the Thorp Professorship for Scholarship, and has received the school’s Award for Service.

Table of Contents


1      Defining Literature for Young Children           

The Range of Literature  


Literature-Based Media        


Children’s Preferences in Literature

Children and the Literary Experience 

Helping Parents Select Literature     



2      Evaluating Literature for Children      

Evaluating Fiction          

Literary Elements    



Evaluating Nonfiction     


Accurate Presentation of Facts        

Current Information  

Evaluating Poetry  

Evaluating Illustrations   

Proximity to Text    

Developing the Text 

Capturing the Emotional Link           

Appropriateness of Illustrations         

Evaluating Interactive Literature on CD-ROM        



3      Sharing Literature      

Reading Aloud  

Finding the Right Book        

Creating a Positive Environment       

Helping Children Construct Meaning 


Finding the Right Story        

Creating a Positive Environment       

Helping Children Construct Meaning 

Sharing Literature Through Media           

Finding the Right Media       

Creating a Positive Environment       

Helping Children Construct Meaning 

Helping Others Share Literature  



4      The Literature Curriculum      

Developing the Imagination         

Promoting Positive Attitudes      

Regular Sharing of Literature

Literature Selection 

Strategies and Activities for Responding to Books      

Grouping Books for Instruction   

Book Comparisons  

Units of Study         


Using Literature Across the Curriculum   



5      Planning Your Program          

Seeing the Possibilities 

A Book for Toddlers and Preschoolers          

A Book for Primary Grades  

Selecting Activities

Recognizing the Larger Context  

The Literature Curriculum     

The Child’s World    

Evaluating Your Literature Program         



6      Supporting Children’s Language Development          

Language Development in Young Children           

How Children Learn Language  

How Children Become Literate    

The Need to Hear Rich Language     

The Need to Use Language  

Goals for Teaching        

Opportunities Books Offer  

Exposing Children to Mature Language         

Introducing New Vocabulary in Context 

Encouraging Language Play and Demonstrating How Others Have Used Language Creatively           

Playing with the Patterns of Language          

Exploring Other Languages  

Giving Children Practice in Attentive, Critical, and Appreciative Listening Skills 

Leading Naturally into Reading          Encouraging Children to Respond to Books Orally           

Engaging Children in a Variety of Writing Activities     

Building Ideas from Types of Writing 

Incorporating Visual Literacy



7      Supporting Children’s Intellectual Development        

Intellectual Development in Young Children 

Goals for Teaching        

Opportunities Books Offer          

Assisting in the Acquisition and Refinement of Concepts        

Developing Skill in a Variety of Thinking Processes    

Expanding the Ability to Reason Logically     

Encouraging Critical Thinking           

Engaging in Problem Solving



8      Supporting Children’s Personality Development        

Personality Development in Young Children     

Goals for Teaching        

Opportunities Books Offer  

Involving Children in Making Choices 

Encouraging Children to Set and Complete Tasks      

Building Self-Concept          

Developing Sex-Role Expectations   

Building Self-Esteem           

Recognizing One’s Own Values       



9      Supporting Children’s Social and Moral Development           

Social and Moral Development in Young Children 

Social Development 

Moral Development  

Goals for Teaching        

Opportunities Books Offer    

Giving Children Experience in Making Inferences About the Feelings and Intentions of Others    

Fostering Children’s Ability to See from the Viewpoint of Others          

Providing Models of Prosocial Behavior   

Encouraging Children to Judge the Appropriateness of Particular Behaviors      

Helping Children Learn About and Value Differences Among People    

Stimulating Children to Explore Moral Problems and Ethical Questions



10   Supporting Children’s Aesthetic and Creative Development  

Aesthetic and Creative Development in Young Children     

Creative Potential    

Development in Art  

Development in Music         

Goals for Teaching        

Opportunities Books Offer    

Introducing Children to Diverse Styles of Art  

Sharpening Children’s Awareness     

Giving Children Experience with a Variety of Art Media           

Giving Children a Variety of Musical Experiences       

Stimulating Creativity in Art, Music, and Movement    

Making Aesthetic and Creative Experiences Enjoyable for Children      




Author/Illustrator/Title Index   

Subject Index 

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