Presentation on theme: "What is children’s literature?"— Presentation transcript:
1What is children’s literature? Books, stories, folklore, riddles, poems, etcFrom birth through age 18?Are there books for different age groups? Discuss.“a significant truth expressed in appropriate elements and memorable language” (Lukens, pp. 9, 2007).Literature is more than a piece of writing that clarifies or explains. It delights and reveals (Anderson, 2006).
2What differentiates between children and adult literature Simpler expression of ideas.Simple vocabularyAttention spanStories are told more directly with r/ship among characters shown clearly.Children more open to experimenting with more forms of literature than adults.Children find spontaneous pleasure in rhymes & jokes, cartoons, comics, etc.Adults tend to stick to one type of literature.
3“Read, read, read. Read everything”- william Faulkner
4Different genres of children’s literature A genre is a kind or type of literature that has a common set of characteristics.A genre is a grouping of books with similar style, form, or content. The same term is used for movies, music, plays, TV shows, artwork, etc.They often overlap, especially those of Early childhood.
5Genres of children’s literature (according to Anderson, 2006) Concept booksAlphabet booksCounting booksPattern picture booksWordless picture booksFictionFantasyAnimal fantasyContemporary fictionHistorical fictionScience fictionTraditional LiteratureMythsFablesFolk songsLegendsTall talesFairy talesTraditional rhymesBiography & autobiographyInformational booksPoetry & verse.
6Book format- another form of classification Book format refers to the way a book is put together or looks.Wordless picture books,Easy-to-read books.Illustrated booksChapter booksHardcover booksPaperback booksGrocery store booksSeries books
7History of Children’s literature Up until the 19th century books written for children were entirely religious, instructional, or for the improvement of their morals and manners.What do you know about how children were viewed prior to the inception of child development as a discipline? The views about children then influenced nature of lit.
8History (cont’d)In 1865 Alice in Wonderland” was written, the first book that was written for mere enjoyment. & that marked the beginning of children’s literature
9Differences between children’s books now and then More experimentations with genres- from teaching values to fantasy, fiction, etcBlurring age boundaries- picture bks for everyone.Changing topics, eg., technology, terrorismTechnology & commercialization, bks on audio and videotapes.: eg. Harry Potter.Increasing diversity melting pot vs salad bowl. International literature.Building on the past, looking into the future.Question: should we change the style of books to meet needs of American audience?
10Students to go to lib & categorize bks. Students to work in gps to talk about what bks for which children.