Children’s Literature LAE 3005

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Traditional Literature Characteristics

  • Short Plot
  • Fast Paced Action
  • 2-D Characters
  • Vague Setting
  • Common Beginning and endings (Happy)
  • Good vs. Evil
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Conditions that promote a love of reading

  • Freedom of choice
  • Availability of books/libraries
  • Role Models
  • Owning Books
  • Sharing and discussing books
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Lee Bennett Hopkins

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Anthologist who compiles poems about a single subject

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Jack Prelutsky

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2006 Children’s Poet Laureate

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Characteristics of a Modern Fantasy

  • Events, setting, or characters are outside the realm of possibility
    • Talking animals
    • Imaginary worlds
    • Time travel
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History of Modern Fantasy

  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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Types of Modern Fantasy

  • Modern Folktales
  • Animal Fantasy
  • Personified toys and objects
  • Little People
  • Supernatural Events
  • Quests
  • Sci-Fi
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Characteristics of Realistic Fiction

  • Could happen
  • Well Developed Characters and Plot
  • Fictitious Characters
  • Factual Realism
  • Situational Realism
  • Social Realism
  • Emotional Realism
  • Contemporary Realism
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Mary Ann Hoberman

  • 2003 NCTE Poet Award
  • 2008 Children’s Poet Laureate
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Eve Merriam

  • Eva Moskovitz
  • 1981 NCTE Poet Award
  • Feminism a common theme in poems
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Eloise Greenfield

  • 1997 NCTE Poet Award
  • Coretta Scott King Award
    • Africa Dream
  • Rap, blues style
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Conceptual Difficulty

Complexity of ideas treated in the work and how the ideas are presented
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Concerns about reading incentive programs

  • Student’s choices are limited
  • Pleasure of reading is diminished
  • May take the tests without reading the book
Newberry Medal
Awarded to the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature published in the previous year

Since 1922

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Kevin Henkes

  • Mouse Books;
  • Uses a crow-quill black pen
  • Caldecott
    • Kitten’s First Full Moon (2005)
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Allen Say

  • Japanese
  • Caldecott Winner
    • Grandfather’s Journey (1994)
  • Watercolors
Floyd Cooper
  • Subtractive Process
    • Erases Paint
Caldecott Medal
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Awarded for the year’s most distinguished picture book

Since 1938

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Brian Pinkney

  • Scratchboard Technique
  • Coretta Scott King Award
    • In the Time of the Drums
Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Sketch separately on the same books
  • Caldecott Medals
    • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (1976)
    • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (1977)
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Paul O. Zelinsky

  • Caldecott Medal
    • Rapunzel (1998)
Jim Arnosky
Science and Nature Themed Books
What causes students to want to read?
  • Free reading time
  • Teacher read-alouds
  • Quality and diversity of reading materials
Coretta Scott King Award
Awarded for inspirational and educational contribution to literature for children and young people by an African American author/illustrator

Since 1970

David Small
  • Caldecott
    • So, You Want to be President? (2001)
Types of Realistic Fiction
  • Families/Peers
  • Challenges
  • Communities
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Adventure/Survival
  • Mystery/Romance
Genres of Literature
  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Prose
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction

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