Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, 8th Edition
©2011 |Pearson | Available
Donna E. Norton, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University
Saundra Norton, Texas A&M University
©2011 |Pearson | Available
No text better prepares you for evaluating, choosing, and sharing quality children’s literature than Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature. This streamlined eighth edition continues to provide a visually stunning, theoretically sound, comprehensive overview of children’s literature. Sharpened focus on contemporary issues in the field, deepened coverage of biography and informational books, and newly integrated technology give this new edition added relevance in the changing field. In addition to the text's contemporary and valuable information on literature for younger readers, some of the brightest stars of children’s literature lend their talents to the new edition, providing insight into the craft and addressing the changing needs of middle grades readers.
In comparison to the children's literature books on the market, this book rises above the others in every aspect! This is a remarkable book.
Nancy Thornberry, Texas A&M University
This book provides a great reference and resource for teachers and those who will be teaching.
Daniel Holm, Indiana Univeristy, South Bend
The teaching recommendations and literature suggestions are superb!
Ruth A. Oswald, University of Akron
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Voices from the Field
The hottest topic in children’s literature, adolescent literature can be a complex issue. The eighth edition tackles it head on, turning to the pros to find out how to evaluate literature written for readers in grades 4 through 8, and learning how to compel this group of readers at risk of losing interest in reading.
Through the Eyes of an Author, Through the Eyes of a Child
This two part feature begins with exclusive interviews with some of the creative geniuses that makes children’s literature fascinating, then goes on to share a child’s response to their work.
Chapter by Chapter Changes
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Following the completion of her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Donna E. Norton joined the College of Education faculty at Texas A&M University where she now holds the rank of professor emerita. She taught courses in children’s literature, language arts, and reading. Dr. Norton is the recipient of the Texas A&M Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. This award is given “in recognition and appreciation of the ability, personality, and methods which have resulted in distinguished achievements in the teaching and the inspiration of students.” She is also the recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award, presented by the Virginia Hamilton Conference Advisory Board at Kent state University. This annual award recognizes an article that “makes a significant contribution to the professional literature concerning multicultural literature experiences for youth.”
Prior to her college teaching experience, Dr. Norton was an elementary teacher in River Falls, Wisconsin and in Madison, Wisconsin. She was a Language Arts/Reading Consultant for federally funded kindergarten through adult basic education programs. In this capacity she developed, provided in-service instruction, and evaluated kindergarten programs, summer reading and library programs, remedial reading programs, learning disability programs for middle school children, elementary and secondary literature programs for the gifted, and diagnostic and intervention programs for reading-disabled adults. Dr. Norton’s continuing concern for literature results in frequent consultations with educators from various disciplines, librarians, and school administrators and teachers.
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