Literature for Children: A Short Introduction

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This succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors.  This completely updated edition provides a clear, literary perspective for understanding the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children's literature, from picture to informational books.

The Sixth Edition continues to be approachable and inviting with its clear and logical organization and its simple and direct prose. Arguing that teachers need to love literature, appreciate its beauty, explore its complexity, and enjoy its magic, the Sixth Edition stresses the need for teachers to first appreciate literature in order to later use it in the classroom. Well known for its booklists, this book focuses on the traditional genres of children's literature, and the discussions within the chapters are organized according to themes.

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The sixth edition of Literature for Children integrates the concise and engaging style of previous editions with contemporary literary examples and historical references.

 

This updated edition provides a clear literary perspective for understanding the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children’s literature, from picture books to folk literature.

 

The Sixth Edition continues to be approachable and inviting with its clear and logical organization and its simple and direct prose. Arguing that teachers need to love literature, appreciate its beauty, and explore its complexity, the Sixth Edition stresses the need for teachers to first appreciate literature before they begin using it in the classroom.

 

What’s New in the Sixth Edition?

· Updated and expanded overview of critical theories of literature (Ch. 2).

· Expanded section on censorship (Ch.4)

· Expanded material on cultural diversity (Ch. 5)

· Expanded material on information books (Ch. 12).

· Expandedbibliographies included at the end of each chapter.

· Suggestedindividual and group activities for the classroom at the end of each chapter.

· Additionalillustrations throughout

 

Literature for Children Continues to Garner Praise

“I likeLiterature for Children because it provides good historical background, some solid basic theoretical concepts, and discussions of specific genres of children’s literature. For my education students in particular, I also appreciate the further reading section at the end of each chapter, because I think this gives them an initial tool to start building a classroom library.”

-Brian Harries, University of Kansas

 

“David Russell’s Literature for Children is a concise, accessible introduction to children’s literature. It covers the topics frequently addressed in children’s literature survey courses, including information about ways children’s literature is introduced to children in home and classroom settings.”

-Lorinda Cohoon, University of Memphis

 

About the Author:

David L. Russell is a professor of languages and literature in Michigan where he teaches

children’s literature and folk literature.He is the author of Patricia MacLachlan and Scott

O’Dell, both published by Twayne, as well as Stuart Academic Drama: An Edition of Three

University Plays, published by Garland.Additionally, he has published numerous scholarly

articles on children’s literature and was a contributor to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s

Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, and The Cambridge Guide to

Children’s Books in English. He is currently a book review editor for The Lion and the Unicorn.

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