Literature For Children: A Short Introduction by David L. RussellLiterature For Children: A Short Introduction by David L. Russell

Literature For Children: A Short Introduction

byDavid L. Russell

Paperback | October 4, 2014

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Literature for Children: A Short Introduction, 8/e is a concise, accessible, text that provides a solid understanding of the foundations of children’s literature across its various genres from picture books to folk literature. In his usual engaging style, popular author David Russell stresses that students need to first appreciate literature in order to later use and teach it effectively in their own classrooms. The text’s user-friendly format includes a wealth of real examples from literature, and its concise presentation allows students to spend more time reading actual children’s books. Substantially updated to bring the text and its resource lists in line with today’s most current scholarship, the Eighth Edition includes a list of the winners of the Orbis Picture Awards for children’s nonfiction, annotated recommended booklists, and discussions of important topics such as the Common Core curriculum, using technology in the classroom, teaching folktales, twenty-five uses of poetry, and critical approaches to literature that demonstrate a variety of ways of reading children’s books.

David L. Russell has taught children’s literature courses at Ferris State University in Michigan for over 30 years. He is the author of Patricia MacLachlan and Scott O’Dell, both Twayne critical biographies, as well as numerous scholarly articles in various journals. A member of the Children’s Literature Association, for which he serv...
Title:Literature For Children: A Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.9 inPublished:October 4, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0133522261

ISBN - 13:9780133522266

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1        The History of Children’s Literature: How We Got Here                                                 


Chapter 2        Literature and the Child: Growing Through Reading


Chapter 3        The Literature Experience: Reading, Writing, Talking, Doing                 


Chapter 4        Diversity and Inclusion: Reading the World           


Chapter 5        Beginning Books: Knowledge Through Delight                  


Chapter 6        Picture Storybooks: The Collaboration of Story and Art


Chapter 7        Poetry: For the Love of Language                                       


Chapter 8        Folk Narratives: The Oldest Stories                                   


Chapter 9        The Elements of Story: Reading Fiction                 


Chapter 10      Fantasy Fiction: The World of Make-Believe                                


Chapter 11      Realistic Fiction: The Days of Our Lives                


Chapter 12      Nonfiction: Telling It Like It Is                                            



Children’s Literature Resources


Children’s Book Awards


Editorial Reviews

This book allows teachers and students to get an introduction to the world of children’s literature. The strength of this book is in the way its material is presented. The author has some interesting perspectives, which help engage students. It allows future teachers to take the material and create a lesson plan. Its accessible style and illustrations support the concepts presented in a very easy-to-follow way. -- Gail Dichtman, Moraine Valley Community College   A very concise, no frills companion to a short or compacted course on children’s literature. This book excels in its concise approach and its focus on the historical and mechanical aspects of children’s literature in general. -- Lee Edward Allen, University of Memphis