Essentials of Children's Literature, 10th edition

Published by Pearson (August 11, 2022) © 2023

  • Kathy G. Short University of Arizona
  • Desireé W Cueto University of Arizona

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ISBN-13: 9780137471249
Essentials of Children's Literature
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Essentials of Children's Literature is a comprehensive, yet concise, compendium of children's literature. It invites pre-service teachers and librarians to experience the joy of reading, selecting and sharing excellent children's books with students. Clear and concise narrative is paired with book lists, examples, figures and tables. This indispensable resource will help you gain the knowledge you need about literature and engaging children with literature, freeing up time to actively read the books yourself.

The 10th Edition includes important developments, recent outstanding children's titles, new creators of children's books and current issues. A new chapter on learning about diversity in literature includes tools to examine books through a multicultural lens.

Part 1: Valuing Literature for Children

  1. Connecting to the Value of Story
  2. Connecting Children with Literature

Part 2: Evaluating Literature for Children

  1. Learning about Literary Elements
  2. Learning about Illustration and Visual Elements
  3. Learning about Diversity in Literature

Part 3: Understanding the Categories of Literature

  1. Picturebooks, Graphic Novels, and Hybrid Novels as Multimodal Formats
  2. Poetry
  3. Traditional Literature
  4. Fantasy and Science Fiction
  5. Realistic Fiction
  6. Historical Fiction
  7. Nonfiction: Biography and Informational Books

Part 4: Bringing Children and Books Together

  1. Literature in the Curriculum
  2. Engaging Children with Literature

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