Literature and the Child

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LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, 7th Edition, covers the two major topical areas of children's literature--the genres of children's literature (picture books, folklore, etc.) and the use of children's literature in the classroom. Deliberately concise, the book offers succinct yet beautifully written and illustrated discussions that reflect the tone and feel of children's books. Featuring discussions of the latest works of children's literature, the text includes coverage of the growing importance of young adult literature as well as expanded emphasis on upper-level children's literature and adolescent literature. The authors pay careful attention to diversity in children's literature and equip students with practical, research-based teaching ideas.

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Bernice E. Cullinan is known both nationally and internationally for her work in children's literature. She has written more than 30 books on literature for classroom teachers and librarians, including LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, POETRY LESSONS TO DAZZLE AND DELIGHT, and THREE VOICES: INVITATION TO POETRY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. She also has written a book for parents, READ TO ME: RAISING KIS WHO LOVE TO READ. Dr. Cullinan is editor in chief of Wordsong--the poetry imprint of Boyds Mills Press, a Highlights for Children Company--and has collected poems written by the recipients of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for A JAR OF TINY STARS. She served as president of the International Reading Association, was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame and The Ohio State University Hall of Fame, and selected as the recipient of the Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Teacher of Children's Literature. Dr. Cullinan lives in New York City.

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"Wonderful teachings ideas support each chapter and provide in-depth approaches to literature, making it come alive for students of all ages."

"This textbook is written by experts in the field who know children's literature and who know how children/youth grow as language users. In other words, they know how to bring students and literature together in sound ways. My students have told me they often sell their textbooks, but they want to keep this one."

"The greatest strength of this textbook is the expertise and wisdom the authors bring to developing a textbook. I know their work, and I trust what they have to say. Along with their knowledge about children's literature, I appreciate the theoretical orientations they rely upon in discussing how to share literature with students. The textbook shows how to bring children and books together in sound ways. I love the opening scenarios of chapters that offer readers an opportunity to visit a classroom where the teacher is providing authentic experiences with literature. I find this modeling invaluable because so much of what my students have seen and/or experienced are examples of literature being "killed" in the name of teaching. Plus, as I have suggested, this modeling is consistent with the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of my teaching. I also appreciate the closer look at a work of literature and the author because this provides a vivid picture of how literature works and helps readers become more acquainted with authors and seeds of creativity. Another aspect of this textbook that I admire is that the authors recognize the complexity that can surround issues in the field of children's literature. The authors discuss issues in depth without losing the interest of the reader. Moreover, the authors discuss books in ways that invite reading literature during the course and beyond. They write well, and they have much to offer."

"It contains a wealth of information! The spotlights on well known children and adolescent authors throughout the text are helpful and I enjoyed learning more about the writers and their approaches to writing in the different genres."

"All genres of literature are covered in enough depth to allow teachers to differentiate between them. Good examples of each genre are presented with many author profiles to supplement them. Criteria for selecting good literature are given and extensive book lists are included with each chapter. Teaching ideas are also included in each chapter showing creative ways to utilize each genre in the classroom. The bottom line to any text on children's and adolescent literature is getting good books into the hands of children. This text will help teachers to accomplish that!"

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