Literature for Children: A Short Introduction (7th Edition)

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Literature for Children covers the full range of subjects typically addressed in children’s literature, while focusing on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. The book’s concise, accessible, inviting style includes many specific illustrations and explanations as examples of the concepts presented and allows readers to spend more time reading the primary texts. Included are topics for consideration and discussion at the end of each chapter, many bibliographies of both scholarly resources and children’s books, an extensive glossary, a list of children’s literature research sources, and lists of children’s book awards, making the book an outstanding, useful resource.

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In this concise, accessible, inviting text, students get a solid understanding of the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children’s literature from picture books to folk literature. In his engaging style, author David Russell stresses the need for students to first appreciate literature in order to later use it effectively in their own classrooms.

 

The text’s user-friendly format includes a wealth of real examples from literature, and the concise presentation allows students to spend more time reading books for children.

 

Here’s what’s new in this Seventh Edition:

 

         A timeline of notable events in children’s literature has been added (Ch. 1) to give students an efficient overview of the development of children’s literature from classical times to the present.

 

         A discussion of graphic novels has been added (Ch 7).

 

         A refocused Chapter 3 on the study of literature has been re-titled, “The Elements of Story,” and now features a focus on the building blocks of literature to help students better examine the literature itself. Specific examples drawn from children’s books have been used throughout to illustrate the key literary elements.

 

         A full-color insert has been added to the picture book chapter (Ch. 7), providing excellent examples of children’s color illustrations to enhance the text’s discussion of the impact of color in the art in children’s books.

About the Author:

David L. Russell is Professor of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University and co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn. In addition to book-length studies of Scott O’Dell and Patricia MacLachlan, he has published numerous scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects in children’s literature.

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