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Essentials of Children's Literature,
Essentials of Children's Literature
The expertise of a well known, well respected author team—Kathy G. Short, Carol Lynch-Brown, and Carl M. Tomlinson.
NEW! Multicultural and global literature integrated throughout the genre chapters and book lists.
Excellent coverage of literary elements:
Literary elements are introduced at the beginning of the book and,
NEW! A special literary element is highlighted in each genre chapter, along with a response strategy for encouraging readers to engage with books from that genre.
A strong focus on reader response in the introduction to the book is also integrated in each genre chapter. Reader Connections strategies in each genre chapter engage readers, support education and library science majors who want to know what to do with books, and provide a relevant classroom activity for instructors to use in class or as assignments.
Coverage of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) includes:
NEW! Connections to the Common Core Standards woven throughout the textbook;
NEW! New information in Chapter 13 on literature in the curriculum;
NEW! A discussion of text complexity added to Chapter 2, “Learning about Children and Literature;” and
NEW! An expansion of the informational literature chapter (Ch. 11).
Simplified selection of “just the right book,” through up-to-date lists of high quality recommended books at the end of each genre chapter.
Integration of technology issues throughout
NEW! A new section on book-related apps shows the great expansion in apps available to children.
Inclusion of fiction and biography ensures understanding of historical contexts.
NEW! The Historical Fiction chapter, (Ch. 10) has been reorganized according to major themes that cut across historical fiction.
UPDATED! Biography has been moved from the Historical Fiction chapter to the Nonfiction chapter, which focuses on biography and informational books, reflecting the way in which CCSS defines informational text.
Developing visual literacy is highlighted in a color insert that includes examples from picture books, a graphic novel, and computer-generated art, along with a section on using the Guide for Illustrations.
NEW! A new chapter on illustration and visual elements (Ch. 4), now separated from the chapter on picturebooks, covers the increasing incorporation of illustrations into all kinds of books and the major trend of graphic novels. This new chapter on illustration indicates how the visual elements play out in different genres.
NEW! The chapter on picturebooks (Ch. 5) now covers picturebooks and graphic novels.
UPDATED! Discussion of censorship has moved from Fantasy to Literature in the Curriculum.
UPDATED! Many useful resources integrated into each genre chapter give students additional resources they can use for class projects and enhance the book’s usefulness as a future reference book, including Milestones, Excellent Books to Read Aloud, Notable Authors and Illustrators, and Topics for Further Investigation Updated features include:
Recent children’s book titles,
Outstanding new creators of children’s books, and
Current issues and topics related to the field.
UPDATED! Charts of landmark studies and studies related to children’s literature and reading and writing help support the use of literature with readers in classrooms and libraries. In addition, instructors can use the charts to involve students in professional
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