A Celebration of Literature and Response: Children, Books, and Teachers in K-8 Classrooms

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Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 476 pages
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Reinforced by teachers' experiences in actual classrooms, this book provides a wealth of ideas for projects, readings, and response-based activities that will engage all learners in the joy of reading and responding to literature. It blends an appreciation of children's books across all genres with an emphasis on meaningful instructional strategies for literacy programs. Coverage of multicultural/international literature helps illustrate the universality of themes in children's literature--providing a basis for establishing a library of literature that expresses the totality of children's experiences and speaks to children from all cultures and backgrounds. Coverage is based on Louise Rosenblatt's transactional theory of reader response, and organized around five main "celebrations" that the author uses as a framework for uniting the findings of reader-response theory with quality children's literature and exemplary reflective, literature-based practice. Includes expanded coverage on multicultural/international literature--including numerous examples of children's literature written and published in other countries. Includes extensive coverage of reader responses to literature--oral and written responses, as well as those made through the visual arts. For teachers of Children's Literature.

  • Introduces future teaches to the full range of children's responses to literature--encourages the use of a variety of strategies to elicit authentic, heartfelt, meaningful responses from pupils.
    • An appendix on children's literature awards.
  • Highlights exemplary children's literature across all genres--focuses students' attention on established standards and offers guidance for choosing literature that meets such standards.


I. CELEBRATING LITERATURE, RESPONSE, AND TEACHING. 1. Literature, Teaching, and Reader Response: Balancing Books and Readers in the Classroom.
2. Reader Response to Literature: From Rosenblatt's Theory to Research to Classroom Practice.

II. CELEBRATING LITERATURE AND LITERARY GENRES. 3. The Art of the Picture Book: The Balance of Text and Illustration.
4. Traditional Tales and Modern Fantasy: The Domain of Imagination.
5. Poetry: The Power and Pleasure of Language.
6. Realistic and Historical Fiction: The Boundary of Reality.
7. Nonfiction: The Realm of Biography and Informational Books.
8. Multicultural and International Literature: Appreciating Cultural and Global Diversity.

III. CELEBRATING RESPONSE CONNECTIONS TO LITERATURE. 9. Talking About Books: From Oral Response to Literature Circles.
10. Literature Response Journals: Written Reflections during Reading.
11. Literature as a Model for Writing: Apprenticing the Author's Craft.
12. Drama, Art, and Music: Expressive Arts as Response.
13. Response to Nonfiction: Blending Efferent and Aesthetic Response.

IV. CELEBRATING INTERTEXTUAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS. 14. Interdisciplinary and Intertextual Connections: Response through Literature Clusters, Theme Explorations, and Twin Texts.

V. CELEBRATING RESPONSE GROWTH THROUGH ASSESSMENT. 15. Documenting Response to Literature: Authentic Perspectives.
Appendix A: Children's Book Awards and Recognition.
Appendix B: Professional Resources.
Appendix C: Children's Literature and Technology.

(c) 2004, 448 pp., Paper


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Jacobs/Tunnell, "Children's Literature, Briefly, 3/E, " 2004 (0-13-049924-2)

Norton/Norton, "Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, 6/E, " 2003 (0-13-042207-X)

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Darigan/Tunnell/Jacobs, "Children's Literature: Engaging Teachers and Children in Good Books, " 2002 (0-13-081355-9)

Jacobs/Tunnell/Darigan, "Children's Literature Database, A Resource for Teachers, Parents and Media Specialists, 2/E, " 2002 (0-13-094618-4)

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