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What is children’s literature?  Books, stories, folklore, riddles, poems, etc  From birth through age 18?  Are there books for different age groups?

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1 What is children’s literature?  Books, stories, folklore, riddles, poems, etc  From 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).

2 What differentiates between children and adult literature Children  Simpler expression of ideas.  Simple vocabulary  Attention span  Stories 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

4 Different 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.

5 Genres of children’s literature (according to Anderson, 2006) Children’s Literature  Concept books  Alphabet books  Counting books  Pattern picture books  Wordless picture books Fiction  Fantasy  Animal fantasy  Contemporary fiction  Historical fiction  Science fiction Traditional Literature  Myths  Fables  Folk songs  Legends  Tall tales  Fairy tales  Traditional rhymes Biography & autobiography Informational books Poetry & verse.

6 Book 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 books  Chapter books  Hardcover books  Paperback books  Grocery store books  Series books

7 History of Children’s literature  Up until the 19 th 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.

8 History (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

9 Differences between children’s books now and then  More experimentations with genres- from teaching values to fantasy, fiction, etc  Blurring age boundaries- picture bks for everyone.  Changing topics, eg., technology, terrorism  Technology & 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?

10  Students to go to lib & categorize bks.  Students to work in gps to talk about what bks for which children.


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