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Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

by Sylvia M. Vardell
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This practitioner-oriented introduction to literature for children ages 5–12 covers the latest trends, titles, and tools for choosing the best books and materials as well as for planning fun and effective programs and activities.

The third edition of Children's Literature in Action provides an activity-oriented survey of children's literature for undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure and degrees that will lead to careers working with children in schools and public libraries. Author Sylvia M. Vardell draws on her 30 years of university teaching and extensive familiarity with the major textbooks in the area of children's literature to deliver something different: a book that focuses specifically on the perspective and needs of the librarian, with emphasis on practical action and library applications.

Its contents address seven major genres: picture books, traditional tales, poetry, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and informational books. Each chapter includes practical applications for the educator who shares books with children and who develops literature-based instruction. Chapters are enriched by author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics, and activities including selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, and assignment suggestions. This new edition incorporates the 2018 AASL National School Library Standards.

• Includes recommendations and evaluations of digital ebooks, apps, and audiobooks as well as print titles, providing full coverage of today's range of materials for children

• Features short essays by top authors and practitioners in the field to give readers expert opinions and guidance

• Provides author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and programs, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, relevant professional standards, and assignment suggestions within each chapter

• Addresses the most recent professional and curricular standards for elementary school students—a key element of today's education assessment standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440867781
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
Edition description: 3rd Revised ed.
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sylvia M. Vardell is professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University, where she teaches graduate courses in children's literature. Her research has focused on sharing poetry with young people.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Theme poem: This Book Joyce Sidman xiii

1 An Introduction to Children and Their Literature 1

Becoming Literate 2

Literacy Development 5

Emergent Literacy 8

Schools and Reading 10

Reading Aloud 12

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) 12

Readers' Advisory 13

Selecting and Reviewing Children's Books 14

Awards in Children's Literature 17

Other Major Awards 18

Best Lists 21

What Books? 23

Learning about Authors, Illustrators, and Poets 25

Literature in Action: Launching Literature and Literacy Celebrations 30

Ongoing Professional Development 32

Conclusion 32

Professional Resources for Children's Literature 33

Standards in Action: ALSC Competencies 34

Assignments in Action: Getting Started 35

2 Picture Books 37

Introduction 37

Definitions 40

Types of Picture Books 42

Major Authors and Illustrators of Picture Books 48

Children's Picture Book Illustration 53

Evaluation Criteria 57

Awards for Picture Books and Illustration 63

Literature in Action: Sharing Picture Books Aloud 67

Sharing Picture Books 69

Conclusion 75

Professional Resources on the Art of Picture Books 75

Standards in Action: Common Core State Standards 76

Assignments in Action: Looking into Picture Books 77

3 Traditional Tales 79

Introduction 79

Definitions 82

Types of Traditional Tales 85

Major Retellers of Traditional Tales 90

Evaluation Criteria 96

Awards for Traditional Tales 100

Literature in Action: Featuring Folktale Variants 101

Sharing Traditional Tales 106

Conclusion 109

Professional Resources for Traditional Literature 109

Standards in Action: National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries 110

Assignments in Action: Celebrating Traditional Tales 111

4 Poetry for Children 113

Introduction 113

Definitions 116

Types of Poetry Books for Children 118

Major Poets 123

Evaluation Criteria 130

Awards for Poetry 134

Literature in Action: Leading Choral Reading and Poetry Performance 137

Sharing Poetry 139

Conclusion 143

Professional Resources in Children's Poetry 144

Standards in Action: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English Language Arts and Reading 145

Assignments in Action: Exploring Poetry Possibilities 147

5 Contemporary Realistic Fiction 149

Introduction 149

Definitions 152

Types of Contemporary Realistic Fiction 154

Controversy and Contemporary Realism 161

Major Authors of Contemporary Realistic Fiction 164

Evaluation Criteria 169

Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction 174

Literature in Action: Guiding Responses 177

Sharing Contemporary Realistic Fiction 181

Conclusion 184

Professional Resources in Contemporary Realistic Fiction 185

Standards in Action: NCTE/ILA Standards for the English Language Arts 185

Assignments in Action: Checking Out Contemporary Realistic Fiction 187

6 Historical Fiction 189

Introduction 189

Definitions 191

Types of Historical Fiction 193

Major Authors of Historical Fiction 199

Evaluation Criteria 205

Awards for Historical Fiction 209

Literature in Action: Using Community Resources 210

Sharing Historical Fiction 212

Conclusion 214

Professional Resources for Historical Fiction 214

Standards in Action: National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies 215

Assignments in Action: Digging Deeper into Historical Fiction 216

7 Fantasy 219

Introduction 219

Definitions 221

Types of Fantasy 225

Controversy 229

Major Authors of Fantasy 230

Evaluation Criteria 235

Awards for Fantasy 238

Literature in Action: Expanding Reading with Audiobooks 239

Sharing Fantasy 242

Conclusion 246

Professional Resources in Fantasy Literature 247

Standards in Action: YALSA Competencies 248

Assignments in Action: Delving into Fantasy 249

8 Nonfiction and Informational Books 251

Introduction 252

Definitions 254

Types of Informational Books 256

Major Authors of Informational Books 266

Evaluation Criteria 274

Awards for Nonfiction and Informational Books 277

Literature in Action: Introducing Text Features 279

Sharing Informational Books 281

Conclusion 284

Professional Resources in Nonfiction 285

Standards in Action: Common Core and Nonfiction 285

Assignments in Action: Investigating Informational Books 286

References 289

Bibliography of Children's Books Cited 305

Copyright Acknowledgments and Permissions 327

Index 329

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