Elementary Children's Literature: Infancy through Age 13, 4th Edition
©2013 |Pearson | Out of print
Nancy L. Anderson
©2013 |Pearson | Out of print
Organized around genres and written in a reader-friendly tone, this text is packed with teaching strategies, technology applications, authoritative coverage of culturally diverse literature, and instructional tie-ins for helping children grow in their language and reading abilities.
This widely popular book is organized around genres, including a complete chapter on each major genre plus a full chapter for each of the four subgenres of fiction. The teaching strategies, technology applications, coverage of culturally diverse literature, and instructional tie-ins are of immediate use to teachers and parents. Included in each genre chapter are bibliographies of exemplary books in print, multiple annotations, and evaluation criteria for the genre. The author writes in a conversational tone and defines each literary and educational term in the text the first time it is used, and then reinforces the meaning in a useful end-of-book glossary.
The extensive coverage of culturally diverse literature found throughout the book is supplemented by an excellent chapter (8) on culturally diverse literature written by minority literature specialists who give readers an insider’s view of their cultures and provide annotated lists of books by (not just about) minority authors and illustrators. This, coupled with the many instructional ideas woven throughout the book, and the final chapter, “Teaching Reading through Literature,” helps teachers and parents apply their knowledge of literature to help children grow in their language and reading abilities.
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Resources for young children are ensured through the animal fantasy chapter (7), the chapter on picture books (4), and through other chapters.
Readers gain an appreciation of the art in books through discussion on the visual elements of artistic design, styles, media, and techniques in Chapter 3, The Art of Illustration. In addition, a six-page insert of full-color illustrations from children’s books is included.
Global awareness is enhanced through the inclusion of international literature integrated throughout the book.
Easy reference to more than 200 literary and education terms is found in the end-of-book glossary. Each term is also defined in the text the first time it is used.
The most important concepts of each chapter are reinforced through the helpful end-of-chapter summaries.
Suggestions on where to start choosing books is provided by the author as she designates her favorite books in each chapter To further guide students in locating exemplary books, special boxes highlight outstanding authors and illustrators and their works in each genre.
Readers are provided with an inside view of a number of global ethnic groups. Additionally, ethnic sections, written by minority literature specialists, appear in the Culturally Diverse Literature chapter (8).
This new Fourth Edition includes listings and annotations of many new bestselling and award-winning books throughout; page numbers for books were added to reference notes; an expanded chapter on fantasy is featured; an increased coverage of international literature, including the addition of Middle Eastern Literature, is featured, and recommended websites to supplement important concepts were added to the end of each chapter.
Differentiate between books more appropriate for primary or intermediate grade students, with the inclusion of page counts in the bibliographies. The page numbers also help readers differentiate between picture books and storybooks.
Stay up to date on the fastest growing genre in children’s literature, fantasy, with an expanded and updated Chapter 6, complete with annotations of many new books.
Increase your global awareness through an integrated discussion of international literature in chapters, 5-13.
Increase your awareness of the Middle Eastern cultures through the addition of books with Middle Eastern characters, settings, and authors/illustrators in all genre chapters.
Enhance your learning with recommended websites in a new box, “Extending Learning through the Internet” at the end of each chapter.
Part One: Entering the World of Children’s Literature
1. Introduction to the World of Children’s Literature
Defining Literature for Children
The Birth of Modern Children’s Literature
The Genres of Literature
The Dewey Decimal System
The Value of Children’s Literature
Prereading Schema Building
2. Elements of Quality Children’s Literature
Responding to Literature
Reader Response Theory by Gloria Houston
Developing a Classroom Library by Susan E. Knell
3. The Art of Illustration
The Union of Art and Text
Visual Elements of Artistic Design
Artistic Media and Techniques
Integrating Visual Art and Literature by Janet C. Richards
4. Early Childhood Books
Books of Early Childhood
Motivating Children to Become Lifelong Readers by Susan E. Knell
5. Traditional Literature
Evaluating Traditional Literature
Themes of Traditional Literature
The Subgenres of Traditional Literature
Part Two: The Boundless World of Fiction
6. Modern Fantasy
Evaluating Modern Fantasy
The Beginnings of Fiction and Modern Fantasy
Types of Fantasy
7. Animal Fantasy
Evaluating Animal Fantasy
Milestones in Animal Fantasy
Types of Animal Fantasy
8. Culturally Diverse Literature
Evaluating Culturally Diverse Literature
Categories of Culturally Diverse Books
Misrepresentation of Culture
Latino Literature by Alcione N. Ostorga
African American Literature by Sabrina A. Brinson
Asian American Literature by Ni Chang
Native American Literature
Literature of Religious Cultures
9. Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Evaluating Contemporary Fiction
Characteristics of Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Bibliotherapy by Dan T. Ouzts and Mark J. Palombo
Censorship by Jenifer Jasinsky Schneider
10. Historical Fiction
Evaluating Historical Fiction
Characteristics of Historical Fiction
Biographic Historical Fiction
Researching Historical Fiction
Scott O’Dell Award
Periods Depicted in Historical Fiction
Enhancing Curriculum with Historical Fiction by Sharon Smith
Part Three: Discovering the World through Nonfiction
11. Biography and Autobiography
Reading Biographies for Pleasure
Types of Biography
Forms of Biography
Integrating Biography with the Study of History
Enhancing Curriculum with Biography by Sharon Smith
12. Informational Books
Evaluating Informational Books
Characteristics of Informational Books
Enhancing Curriculum with Informational Books
Building a Foundation for Content Area Reading
13. Poetry and Verse
Evaluating Poetry and Verse
Characteristics of Poetry and Verse
Forms of Poetry
Poetry in Our Culture
NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
Developing Love (or Hate) for Poetry
Types of Poetry Books
The Value of Poetry in the Classroom by Georgann C. Wyatt
14. Teaching Reading through Literature
Reading Aloud to Children
Sustained Silent Reading
Reading Instruction with Trade books
Children’s Oral Reading
Guided Silent Reading
Implementing a Yearlong Literature Program
Name and Title Index
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Nancy A. Anderson received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, home of the extensive de Grummond collection of children’s books. It was there she fell in love with children’s literature. Her degrees were in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and a cognate in children’s literature. She spent more than 26 years as a university professor, teaching courses in children’s literature and reading. In addition to publishing numerous articles in scholarly journals, she is author of What Should I Read Aloud? A guide to 200 best-selling picture books (International Reading Association, 2007). She is now a full time author.
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