Essentials of Children's Literature (with MyEducationKit)7th Edition
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Clear, concise, direct narrative that combines lists, examples, figures, and tables with prose make this brief, affordable, straightforward book the perfect guide to sharing literature with children in the classroom. Written by a well-respected author team, this resource is ideal for pre-service and in-service teachers alike, and much appreciated for its wealth of hands-on suggestions and ideas. Selective, up-to-date lists of recommended books are conveniently organized by sub-genre; multicultural and international children’s literature is integrated throughout; and an up-dated color insert features recent illustrations from picture books (including examples of computer-generated art) and graphic novels.
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Figures and Tables
Part One Children and Literature
Chapter 1 Learning about Children and Their Literature
Chapter 2 Learning about Reading and Literature
Chapter 3 Learning about Literature
Part Two Categories of Literature
Chapter 4 Poetry
Chapter 5 Picture Books
Chapter 6 Traditional Literature
Chapter 7 Modern Fantasy
Chapter 8 Realistic Fiction
Chapter 9 Historical Fiction and Biography
Chapter 10 Informational Books
Chapter 11 Literature for a Diverse Society
Part Three Literature in the School
Chapter 12 Planning the Curriculum
Chapter 13 Engaging Children with Literature
- Written by a well-known and well-respected author team—Carol Lynch-Brown and Carl M. Tomlinson—joined by Kathy G. Short, whose research in children’s literature is internationally recognized.
- Includes selective, up-to-date lists of high quality recommended books at the end of each genre chapter, conveniently organized by sub-genre.
- NEW! A new section on technology has been added and technology issues have been integrated throughout other chapters.
- Includes annotated suggested “Books to Read Aloud” lists within each genre chapter.
- Integrates multicultural and international children’s literature throughout.
- NEW! A completely redesigned Chapter 11, Literature for a Diverse Society, highlights a curriculum that is culturally responsive, culturally expansive, and culturally critical.
- NEW! A completely redesigned Chapter 13, Developing Teaching Strategies, organized in three sections: Reading Widely for Personal Purposes; Reading Critically to Inquire about the World; and Reading Strategically to Learn about Literacy.
- NEW! An updated color insert including recent illustrations from picture books (including examples of computer generated art) and graphic novels is presented along with an added section on how to use the Guide to Illustrations to help young readers develop visual literacy and art appreciation.
- NEW! Historical fiction and biography are now integrated in Chapter 9, including a new section on historical fiction and biography in the classroom, to help develop an understanding of historical contexts using jackdaws and other strategies.
- NEW! A new section on storytelling in the classroom, including digital storytelling is included in Chapter 6, Traditional Literature.
- NEW! An updated discussion on character education and using works of realism for developing character is included in Chapter 8 to aid in planning and presenting this curriculum.
- NEW! An updated discussion on national reports related to reading and literature in Chapter 2 helps teachers become well informed on current issues affecting practices in their fields of endeavor.
Carl M. Tomlinson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s literature and language arts at Northern Illinois University. As an elementary school teacher, he packed his classroom with good children’s books and read aloud to his students every day. His research interests are literature-based reading and international children’s literature. In addition to Essentials of Young Adult Literature, he has co-authored Essentials of Children’s Literature (Allyn and Bacon) and is the editor of Children’s Books from Other Countries (Scarecrow/USBBY).
Carol Lynch-Brown taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, reading, and language arts education at Florida State University. She was a teacher in elementary school, grades 1, 2, and 4, and in middle school, grades 6 to 8, in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools. She also taught English to young adults in French public schools. Literature was the foundation of her instruction in all these classroom situations. She is currently raising a teenaged grandson and seeing, once again, the benefits of literature in a young person’s life.
Kathy G. Short is a professor in Language, Reading, and Culture at the University of Arizona and was an elementary grade school teacher in Indiana. Her books include Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Literature as a Way of Knowing, and Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity. She is president of USBBY and the director of Worlds of Words, www.wowlit.org, an initiative to encourage the use of literature to explore global cultures.
A MESSAGE FROM KATHY SHORT
Children’s books have always been my passion. I was the kid who read under the covers long into the night to finish a book and who pulled a book surreptitiously from my desk to read when the teacher wasn’t watching. Books were more than a way to occupy my time; they provided me with a sense of possibility for my life. Literature expanded my life spaces by taking me outside the boundaries of my life to other places, times and ways of living. The hope and imagination that I gained from books encouraged me to dream and to look beyond my immediate world and so transformed my future.
My involvement in this textbook grows out of my belief that connecting children with books opens minds and opens the world. My hope is that the adults in children’s lives will experience the transformative power of story and bring their passion as readers into their work with children. To do this, they need to experience lots of books and develop an internal sense of what makes a book memorable for a child, as well as read about the field of children’s literature. This textbook provides the essential knowledge that teachers and librarians need to understand about the field of children’s literature along with the resources to encourage them to read children’s books themselves. By keeping the information concise and to the point, students are able to get the information they need and still have time to read many children’s books so that the power of story comes alive in their lives and they can, in turn, bring that passion for reading into children’s lives. I had used earlier editions of this textbook in my own teaching of children’s literature because of this balance of genre information and literary issues with a wealth of resources for locating significant books and authors, all within a concise and easily accessible textbook. Carol and Carl approach literature in such a thoughtful and respectful manner and use the conciseness of the text to make careful selections of the content and to prioritize the most significant issues and books. Academics can frequently be quite verbose and so I appreciated finding a textbook that was so concise and yet substantive in its content. This textbook is brief without a loss of content, current to reflect the most recent literature, and far less expensive than many other textbooks on the market. I was excited to become part of the team that was producing the textbook I found most effective in my own teaching.
Working on this edition of the textbook forced me to focus my own thinking and writing. I could bring my passion for connecting books with children, particularly in the teaching strategies chapter, where I could share my work with strategies for engaging kids in thoughtful talk around books. The teaching strategies chapter introduces a curricular framework for thinking about how to encourage students to read widely for personal purposes, read strategically to learn about literary forms and structures, and read deeply to think about life. Often teaching strategies are just a list of activites; our focus is conceptualizing the process of engaging children with literature. My background in curriculum, inquiry and reader response and my many experiences working in schools provide a new frame for this chapter.
Much of my work has focused on children’s talk about multicultural and international literature as a way to build intercultural understanding. Books take children beyond information about other cultures by immersing them in story worlds to gain insights into how people live, think, and feel in other times and places. My research on cultural authenticity and work with children responding to these books in schools provided the basis for revising the chapter on literture for a diverse society. The issues raised in this chapter weave through all of the other genre chapters in the book, which each have many examples of literature reflecting diverse cultures. This chapter brings multicultural and international issues to the forefront, rather than separating these books or treating them as a special category of literature. The balance of highlighting important issues of cultural authenticity and critical literacy while integrating multicultural literature throughout the chapters effectively promotes deeper understandings about diversity within literature.
My work on various award committees, as a journal editor, and in leadership positions in professional organizations has put me in contact with many authors and illustrators. In particular, my relationship with Rafael Lopez led to the stunning cover for our 7th edition of the book, as well as reflects my commitment to issues of diversity as connected to literature.
My ultimate goal for this textbook is that it serves as an invitation for students to become immersed as readers in children’s books as well as to develop the ability to stand back and evaluate the literary effectiveness of those books. A literate person is not just someone who can and does read extensively, but is also someone who thinks critically about that reading. A literate reader combines passion with knowledge and this delicate balance is at the heart of this textbook.
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