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Title: What is children’s literature?

What is childrens literature?
  • Books, stories, folklore, riddles, poems, etc
  • From birth through age 18?
  • Are there books for different age groups?
  • a significant truth expressed in appropriate
    elements and memorable language (Lukens, pp. 9,
  • Literature is more than a piece of writing that
    clarifies or explains. It delights and reveals
    (Anderson, 2006).

What differentiates between children and adult
  • 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.

Read, read, read. Read everything- william
Different genres of childrens 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

Genres of childrens literature (according to
Anderson, 2006)
  • Childrens 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.

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

History of Childrens literature
  • Up until the 19th century books written for
    children were entirely religious, instructional,
    or for the improvement of their morals and
  • 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.

History (contd)
  • In 1865 Alice in Wonderland was written, the
    first book that was written for mere enjoyment.
    that marked the beginning of childrens

Differences between childrens books now and then
  • More experimentations with genres- from teaching
    values to fantasy, fiction, etc
  • Blurring age boundaries- picture bks for
  • 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?

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