Children's Books in Children's Hands: A Brief Introduction to Their Literature (6e) : 9780134798684

Children's Books in Children's Hands: A Brief Introduction to Their Literature (6e)

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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in children’s literature.

Children’s Books in Children’s Hands: A Brief Introduction to Their Literature familiarizes current and future teachers with the best and most recent books for children. The renowned author team presents richly illustrated, practical ideas for sharing literature with children as a source of enjoyment and inspiration that will last them all their lives. This authoritative, captivating, and popular guide establishes a roadmap for understanding the world of children’s literature, including its writers, illustrators, editors, and critics, while also providing a strong emphasis on books from many cultural groups.

The 6th Edition now includes full color illustrations and art, newer title annotations, new teaching ideas, coverage of shifting changes in genres, and thorough coverage of multicultural and international books.

Table of contents
1. Children’s Books in Children’s Hands
2. Literary Elements in Works for Children
3. Picturebooks
4. Literature Representing Diverse Perspectives
5. International Literature

6. Poetry for Children
7. Traditional Literature
8. Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction
9. Contemporary Realistic Fiction
10. Historical Fiction
11. Nonfiction
Features & benefits

Tools for selecting the best and most recent books for children

  • New/Updated - Book reviews of dozens of new titles feature debut authors in each chapter.
  • Updated - Hundreds of annotations of newer titles for children include a strong emphasis on books from many cultural groups.
  • New/Updated - Top Shelf book listsin every chapter include the authors’ best picks of titles that exemplify concepts discussed in the chapter.
  • Ask the Author/Illustrator boxesprovide opportunities to learn from prominent children’s authors, illustrators, editors, and educators who respond to questions related to the chapter content.
  • Recommended Books sections at the end of each chapter provide numerous additional books and resources, including publication data, a brief annotation, and interest level by age for each book listed.

Approaches for learning how to share literature with children

  • Updated - Teaching Ideas include valuable, practical lessons and activities for sharing literature with children in the classroom.
    Technology in Practice featuresin each chapter share teaching tips and activities for the classroom using new media technology based on the authors’ experiences.
  • New - Discussions address the needs of English Language Learners throughout the book.
  • Issue to Consider boxespresent highly debated issues in children’s literature.

Guidance for understanding the genres of children’s literature

  • New - Bending Genres/Shifting Formats section highlights the way contemporary authors and illustrators are blurring the lines between traditional categories of children’s books.
  • Updated - Chapters on Multicultural Books and International Books have been fully revised.
  • Updated - The chapter on Traditional Literature has been updated with special emphasis on storytelling in the school and the classroom.
  • Updated - The chapter on Poetry demonstrates various features of children’s poetry using new poems from contemporary poets.
  • Updated - The chapter on Informational Books emphasizes the notable artistry of recent nonfiction picturebooks. Included is an in-depth exploration of the award-winning Giant Squid.
  • Updated - The chapter on Historical Fiction includes many newly published titles, including international titles. This chapter also includes a new emphasis on using the internet to connect readers with historic times and places.
Author biography

Charles Temple is a guitar and banjo-picking storyteller, poet, and sometime children’s author who teaches courses in children’s literature, storytelling, writing for children, literacy, and international education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He has written many books in the fields of literacy and children’s literature. Internationally, he serves as an advisor to projects in Tajikistan, Liberia, and Sierra Leone helping authors and illustrators produce books for children, and helping teachers teach with them, with the support from CODE of Canada, USAID, and the World Bank. He co-chairs the International Literacy Association’s Special Interest Group on Literacy in Developing Countries, and serves on the board of Storytellers in Higher Education, an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network.

Miriam Martinez teaches children’s literature and literacy courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is actively involved in the Children’s Literature Assembly, the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Literacy Association, and the Literacy Research Association. Her research and publications have focused on the nature of children’s literary meaning-making, children’s responses to literature, and their understanding of various literary genres and formats. She also conducts content analyses of children’s books.

Junko Yokota is Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books and is Professor Emeritus at National Louis University in Chicago. She held research fellowships at the International Youth Library, the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, and a Fulbright at the University of WrocBaw in Poland. She served on the Caldecott, Newbery, Batchelder, Pura Belpré, and Ezra Jack Keats Committees; and Bologna, Nami, and Hans Christian Andersen Juries. Her research focuses on picturebooks, multicultural and international literature.