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Childrens Literature: A Developmental Perspective, 1st Edition

January 2008, ©2008
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Those who work with children need a wide and deep knowledge of children's literature. This new text, through its developmental approach, examines children's abilities, needs, and interests. Children's Literature: A Developmental Perspective combines children's literature with developmental psychology, aiming to better prepare future teachers to meet the needs of individual children and to help develop their literary skills. By reading this text, students will learn what makes the most recently published books attractive to children, while still recognizing the value of books that have held children's interests in the past.
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Table of Contents

Part One. Introduction.

Chapter 1. Children, Literature, And Development: Interactions And Insights.

Chapter 2. Children And Their Literature: Changes Through The Years.

Part Two. Understanding Children's Literature.

Chapter 3. Genres In Children's Literature.

Chapter 4. Analyzing, Selecting, And Responding To Children's Literature.

Chapter 5. The Craft Of Writing And Illustrating.

Chapter 6. Diversity In Children's Literature.

Part Three. The Content Of Children's Literature.

Chapter 7. Literature For The Early Years (Birth To Two).

Chapter 8. Literature For The Preschool Years (2-4).

Chapter 9. Literature For The Early Elementary School Years (5-7).

Chapter 10. Literature For The Intermediate Years (8-11).

Chapter 11. Literature For The Middle School Years (11-14).

Chapter 12. Literature For The High School Years (14-18).

Part Four. Topics For Teachers And Librarians.

Chapter 13. Science Literature Through The Grades: A Curricular Model.

Chapter 14. Issues For Teachers And Librarians.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Developmental Summary Charts: Each genre chapter will include a summary of the developmental features of the period that highlight outstanding biopsychosocial characteristics.
  • Then and Now: Traces the changes that occur in the interpretation of various issues -- for example, the development of picture books -- and is a rich source of information for readers.
  • Culture and Children's Literature: These features stress the role that any culture plays in its literature and the developmental effects it has on children.
  • Chapter-Opening Vignettes: Deisgned to prepare the reader for the material to come, thus encouraging meaningful learning.
  • Guidelines for Reading the Chapter: Help readers focus on the important elements of the chapter.
  • What's Your View?: Designed to encourage readers to divulge their opinions on the matter under discussion.
  • Spotlight On...Outstanding Authors and Illustrators: Intended to demonstrate the background and talent of various outstanding individuals (Maurice Sendak, Virginia Hamilton, etc.).
  • Recommended Children's Books and Professional Bibliography: Each chapter concludes with a listing of recommended titles (over 2,000 from all the chapters combined).
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