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Intended for introductory courses on K-8 reading Methods courses. This book links quality children's books to an effective reading and language arts program. Intended for introductory courses on K-8 reading Methods courses. This book links quality children's books to an effective reading and language arts program.


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Intended for introductory courses on K-8 reading Methods courses. This book links quality children's books to an effective reading and language arts program. Intended for introductory courses on K-8 reading Methods courses. This book links quality children's books to an effective reading and language arts program.

30 review for Children's Literature: Engaging Teachers and Children in Good Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    I ended up really liking this book, but you can find the recommended reading lists online, and that is the most valuable part of the book. I started looking into taking a Children's Literature class this summer at some of the nearby universities. When I looked at the syllabus for this class at BYU, I discovered that the main focus of this course was to read lots of children's books and write up what was read. No papers, no essays, no tests. Since I don't need the credits for a degree, I ordered I ended up really liking this book, but you can find the recommended reading lists online, and that is the most valuable part of the book. I started looking into taking a Children's Literature class this summer at some of the nearby universities. When I looked at the syllabus for this class at BYU, I discovered that the main focus of this course was to read lots of children's books and write up what was read. No papers, no essays, no tests. Since I don't need the credits for a degree, I ordered the text book, and I'm going to work my way through the book, and save the $300 tuition to BUY MORE BOOKS! I was thinking I would like to invite some friends who also enjoy reading YA books to get the Children's Literature Briefly book and we'd work through it chapter by chapter, together. I want it to be all online . . . a yahoo group of some sort. that way we can write up the books on our own time, and not worry about planning schedules. And, then my ultra fun and cool sisters in law could do this with me!! We could shoot for a chapter a month? Maybe every other month? In each chapter, the authors list 10 favorite books, then a long list of recommended books in each category (chapter). We could divvy up the 10 favorite books between the group, then read things from the recommended lists. I haven't thought entirely through a plan for this, I'm just putting out feelers. Is there any interest? LMK! Shauna

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Easily one of my favorite texts of my whole SLMS program. This book is perfect for teachers and librarians. Easy to read, filled with tons of great suggestions and lessons. I will keep this one on my desk for reference throughout the school year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    This was one of the books that I had to read for class, but now that I was a teacher myself, I found it more engaging than when I read it as a student. The most valuable information that I got from this book was recommended book list. I'll take the list into account as a continue to build my classroom library. Another thing I enjoyed reading about was the reason why each genre was important to kids. I want to keep in mind that all genres are important to introduce to the kids, not just my person This was one of the books that I had to read for class, but now that I was a teacher myself, I found it more engaging than when I read it as a student. The most valuable information that I got from this book was recommended book list. I'll take the list into account as a continue to build my classroom library. Another thing I enjoyed reading about was the reason why each genre was important to kids. I want to keep in mind that all genres are important to introduce to the kids, not just my personal favorites.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SaraKat

    For a textbook, this was extremely readable and interesting. I found the format nice with the reading lists at the end of each chapter. It vastly increased my to-read list! I learned a bunch about illustrations and the types of books available. This was one of the only textbooks that I read for my own personal interest after the class was already over. I will be using this book as reference in my classroom since there is a nice bit of information on using trade books in classrooms and different For a textbook, this was extremely readable and interesting. I found the format nice with the reading lists at the end of each chapter. It vastly increased my to-read list! I learned a bunch about illustrations and the types of books available. This was one of the only textbooks that I read for my own personal interest after the class was already over. I will be using this book as reference in my classroom since there is a nice bit of information on using trade books in classrooms and different activities that can be used to replace the traditional book report.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins

    I read the 6th edition of this text for a graduate literature course. This is probably one of the best textbooks I have ever had to use. It is very well written and has amazing lists of books. I will be keeping this book to reference. If you are a teacher wondering how to better use literature in your classroom, this is a great book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Boyce

    I first read this book several years ago, and it was great to reread it to review all of the children's book genres, their characteristics, new and classic titles within each genre, and some new chapters on controversial books and using trade books across the curriculum. These authors do a great job of keeping their content brief, clear, and concise. I first read this book several years ago, and it was great to reread it to review all of the children's book genres, their characteristics, new and classic titles within each genre, and some new chapters on controversial books and using trade books across the curriculum. These authors do a great job of keeping their content brief, clear, and concise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lib

    A solid review of the power of children's literature for promoting the literacy-rich classroom. A solid review of the power of children's literature for promoting the literacy-rich classroom.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This gave a good overview of the genre and offered good suggestions, but I would not make my students pay for it for the class I am teaching.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    Children's Literature Briefly has been an incredibly helpful textbook. The book is written in a way that is so relatable that you almost forget it's assigned reading. It reads like a long conversation with a knowledgable teacher. This book includes many lists of good books for the classroom and for yourself, by genre and topic. I genuinely wish I had purchased this book instead of renting it, because it would be a real asset in the classroom. It is nearly impossible for a teacher to keep up with Children's Literature Briefly has been an incredibly helpful textbook. The book is written in a way that is so relatable that you almost forget it's assigned reading. It reads like a long conversation with a knowledgable teacher. This book includes many lists of good books for the classroom and for yourself, by genre and topic. I genuinely wish I had purchased this book instead of renting it, because it would be a real asset in the classroom. It is nearly impossible for a teacher to keep up with current books they should read to relate to their students, as well as read older books, and keep up with lessons and curriculum. This book does some of the teacher's work for them. There are countless uses for this book in the classroom, and the book lists are my favorite. Being able to suggest books for students, and have a working knowledge for read alouds, lessons in content and genre/content, and just for relating to students, are some of the most beneficial things a teacher can do. I feel after reading this book, I will be better equipped to inspire readers in my future classroom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Royjohn

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Kailee

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The book is about a young girl named Hannah who is Jewish and she goes on this adventure. It is a little hard to explain without giving too much away, but basically she is transported from present day New York to the time during the Holocaust. Even though this wasn't my favorite book in the world I think it was defiantly worth reading. There was something about the way it wasn't written. I enjoyed the book mainly for the perceptive it was written in. The idea to I enjoyed listening to this book. The book is about a young girl named Hannah who is Jewish and she goes on this adventure. It is a little hard to explain without giving too much away, but basically she is transported from present day New York to the time during the Holocaust. Even though this wasn't my favorite book in the world I think it was defiantly worth reading. There was something about the way it wasn't written. I enjoyed the book mainly for the perceptive it was written in. The idea to write about the Holocaust through the point of view of a young girl who already knows about the Holocaust was great. I never would have thought to write about such an important event this way and it really brought it life. Another thing that I liked about this book was that I could imagine what Hannah was going through, knowing what is going to happen and not being able to do anything. I enjoyed this book and I think anyone will, but there is a certain amount of background knowledge that is needed to really grasp the whole book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Harrison

    I was initally put off by the book Children's Literature, Briefly as I couldn't imagine how a study of children's book genres could possibly be new or interesting information. However, the information provided in this book was well summarized and ideal for a librarian or teacher interested in teaching students about literature. The sections are both short and practical and include pertinent research studies such as why children state they dislike poetry, how folklore and fairy tales have been su I was initally put off by the book Children's Literature, Briefly as I couldn't imagine how a study of children's book genres could possibly be new or interesting information. However, the information provided in this book was well summarized and ideal for a librarian or teacher interested in teaching students about literature. The sections are both short and practical and include pertinent research studies such as why children state they dislike poetry, how folklore and fairy tales have been superseded by other genres, why, and how to combat those misperceptions. The reading lists include a nice mix of older stories and newer favorites, although this is an area that could be improved upon. Quote: Traditional tales, then, are stories of the human experience told in primary colors, the nuances of life stripped away to reveal the basic component parts: love, fear, greed, jealousy, mercy, and so on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Kerney

    As an aspiring elementary school teacher, this book was a very helpful and applicable read. It did a great job summarizing children’s literature as a whole- something that is not easily accomplished. The book examines the importance of literature and reading, as well as the different genres of children’s literature. The book also manages to cover different categories of literature, such as multicultural literature and controversial literature. Throughout the entire book, the author includes info As an aspiring elementary school teacher, this book was a very helpful and applicable read. It did a great job summarizing children’s literature as a whole- something that is not easily accomplished. The book examines the importance of literature and reading, as well as the different genres of children’s literature. The book also manages to cover different categories of literature, such as multicultural literature and controversial literature. Throughout the entire book, the author includes information about why it is important to be well versed in children’s literature, making it evident to the reader the gravity of the subject. For a textbook, this work is extremely engaging. It is written in a way that flows easily and keeps readers engaged. After reading this book, I felt more prepared to teach children’s literature. I also gained a greater appreciation of children’s literature as a whole, and can’t wait to incorporate it into my classroom instruction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leah Gerber

    WOW. I loved this textbook! I would recommend it to all parents, teachers and the like. At the beginning it has a chapter on why read and how to choose a well-written book. These are great to use in the classroom because many children say “why should I read?” “how will this benefit me?” Well now I have many answers to that question. Each chapter addresses a different genre of books from picture books to information books. It informs you on what types of these genre books children seem to like an WOW. I loved this textbook! I would recommend it to all parents, teachers and the like. At the beginning it has a chapter on why read and how to choose a well-written book. These are great to use in the classroom because many children say “why should I read?” “how will this benefit me?” Well now I have many answers to that question. Each chapter addresses a different genre of books from picture books to information books. It informs you on what types of these genre books children seem to like and dislike. It tells you how to distinguish sub-genres and how to choose the best books for children. It also provides extensive lists of recommended books and award winners. I am impressed and this will be the first textbook that I will keep handy for years to come. Great guide and cheat book for finding books. I would recommend using this book to teach teachers in college.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jerel Overall

    This book was a good read a loud for me. It's a great example of using time travel to teach a lesson. The protagonist, Hannah, is sent to the past to walk in her ancestors’ shoes. I like this book, because it shows the horrors of the concentration camps. I already had a good perspective of what the Holocaust was, but this book taught me more. I learned that they were gassed before they were sent to infurmary. Hannah has a strong voice and she compels you to keep reading. Despite the horrible thi This book was a good read a loud for me. It's a great example of using time travel to teach a lesson. The protagonist, Hannah, is sent to the past to walk in her ancestors’ shoes. I like this book, because it shows the horrors of the concentration camps. I already had a good perspective of what the Holocaust was, but this book taught me more. I learned that they were gassed before they were sent to infurmary. Hannah has a strong voice and she compels you to keep reading. Despite the horrible things happening to her, you want to go down the difficult path with her. This book was a very interesting book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hines

    I would have never had the opportunity to read a text book that captured my attention as well as this one did without my 307 class. This textbook provided a large variety of information that I had no knowledge on when it comes to children's literature. The amount I learned from this text book and actually enjoyed was an immense amount. This text book would be really easy to include in an English class that focuses on literature and children's education. This book is user friendly and provides a I would have never had the opportunity to read a text book that captured my attention as well as this one did without my 307 class. This textbook provided a large variety of information that I had no knowledge on when it comes to children's literature. The amount I learned from this text book and actually enjoyed was an immense amount. This text book would be really easy to include in an English class that focuses on literature and children's education. This book is user friendly and provides a journey through literacy in a captivating textbook. I would defiantly include this in my classroom and have students use this as a resource.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rathbun

    This is the text I've used most recently for children's literature. It's very readable and has lots of good lists and ideas. Personally, I prefer the texts with LOTS and LOTS of information and double columns on each page, but I've got the sneaking suspicion that most students don't read it! This text presents the essential information without overwhelming a reader with detail, thus allowing more focus to be put on the books themselves. I'd definitely rather have LESS textbook reading and MORE r This is the text I've used most recently for children's literature. It's very readable and has lots of good lists and ideas. Personally, I prefer the texts with LOTS and LOTS of information and double columns on each page, but I've got the sneaking suspicion that most students don't read it! This text presents the essential information without overwhelming a reader with detail, thus allowing more focus to be put on the books themselves. I'd definitely rather have LESS textbook reading and MORE reading of the children's books themselves.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Briefly is the key word in this title. The information was brief but concise when it spoke about the different types of genres, history of, and the different authors that write children's literature. It was short (well, shorter then the one other children's literature textbook I read called Through the Eyes of a Child by Donna E. Norton and Saundra Norton), sweet and to the point. The downside is that it does not give you the depth of topic that is required to learn more about children's literat Briefly is the key word in this title. The information was brief but concise when it spoke about the different types of genres, history of, and the different authors that write children's literature. It was short (well, shorter then the one other children's literature textbook I read called Through the Eyes of a Child by Donna E. Norton and Saundra Norton), sweet and to the point. The downside is that it does not give you the depth of topic that is required to learn more about children's literature but it is a good foundation.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    My library science professor promised we would actually like reading this textbook, and she certainly is not wrong. Tunnell writes in a very easy, natural way without being overly simplistic. The information provided in the book is useful and can be applied immediately.[return][return]For instance, I just the suggestions of the "favorites" at the end of nearly every chapter to create reading lists for the teachers.[return][return]I will indeed continue to use this book throughout my career as a My library science professor promised we would actually like reading this textbook, and she certainly is not wrong. Tunnell writes in a very easy, natural way without being overly simplistic. The information provided in the book is useful and can be applied immediately.[return][return]For instance, I just the suggestions of the "favorites" at the end of nearly every chapter to create reading lists for the teachers.[return][return]I will indeed continue to use this book throughout my career as a librarian.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is a great resource for anyone who teaches literacy K-12. It does not read like a textbook at all and has great book lists for all genres and ages as well as many online resources. There are also a variety of strategies to use in the classroom. Some information may be repetitive to a veteran teacher, but there's still plenty of good stuff to make it worth having in your professional library. This is a great resource for anyone who teaches literacy K-12. It does not read like a textbook at all and has great book lists for all genres and ages as well as many online resources. There are also a variety of strategies to use in the classroom. Some information may be repetitive to a veteran teacher, but there's still plenty of good stuff to make it worth having in your professional library.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittanymariko

    A very thorough book for teachers and preservice teachers. I learned more from this textbook than any other. The CD-ROM was helpful and something that I hope to use in order to make my booklists. It's easy- I just wish the program could be updated online or something so that I could get the new Caldecott and Newbery's on my CD-ROM. I recommend it to any teacher at all. A very thorough book for teachers and preservice teachers. I learned more from this textbook than any other. The CD-ROM was helpful and something that I hope to use in order to make my booklists. It's easy- I just wish the program could be updated online or something so that I could get the new Caldecott and Newbery's on my CD-ROM. I recommend it to any teacher at all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison Lake

    This is the only textbook I've put on here...I think. If you teach reading or are interested in Children's Literature, this book is wonderful! The chapters are short and informative. They give lots and lots of examples and cover all the genres. They also include a CD that gives you this huge database of literature. It's rare that I read a textbook that is as engaging as this one. This is the only textbook I've put on here...I think. If you teach reading or are interested in Children's Literature, this book is wonderful! The chapters are short and informative. They give lots and lots of examples and cover all the genres. They also include a CD that gives you this huge database of literature. It's rare that I read a textbook that is as engaging as this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christen

    Children's Literature Briefly provides a nice, readable introduction to children's lit, genres, formats and even information on publishing history. I'd recommend this book for teachers, librarians, homeschooling parents and even beginner writers needing a better understanding of the children's lit world. Children's Literature Briefly provides a nice, readable introduction to children's lit, genres, formats and even information on publishing history. I'd recommend this book for teachers, librarians, homeschooling parents and even beginner writers needing a better understanding of the children's lit world.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book was recommended to me as a easy read intro to children's literature. I totally agree. Don't get me wrong, it is a textbook, but each chapter is to the point and also contains nice lengthy annotated book lists. This book is a great resource for teachers or librarians who want a quick reminder of the basics of kiddie lit. This book was recommended to me as a easy read intro to children's literature. I totally agree. Don't get me wrong, it is a textbook, but each chapter is to the point and also contains nice lengthy annotated book lists. This book is a great resource for teachers or librarians who want a quick reminder of the basics of kiddie lit.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larysa

    This book has a ton of great information about children's books. It has sections about what to look for in a good book, and then it has lists of good books to try. I think there is alot of great information in this book, especially for an elementary education teacher. =) This book has a ton of great information about children's books. It has sections about what to look for in a good book, and then it has lists of good books to try. I think there is alot of great information in this book, especially for an elementary education teacher. =)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Talli

    What I like most about this book is that it gives lists of good children's literature to use in the classroom. I love all of the options that I have to read to my students, and will use this book for years to come. What I like most about this book is that it gives lists of good children's literature to use in the classroom. I love all of the options that I have to read to my students, and will use this book for years to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This companion to children's literature is informative and easy to read. I didn't feel like the database CD was all that great. You had to know exactly what you were searching for, and it ends in 2006. Maybe the next edition will have a searchable website. This companion to children's literature is informative and easy to read. I didn't feel like the database CD was all that great. You had to know exactly what you were searching for, and it ends in 2006. Maybe the next edition will have a searchable website.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ljenks01

    This book captures a perspective of the holocaust in the most unexpected way. You're never quite sure if you're reading fiction or history. The language is easy enough for kids to follow but exciting enough to keep an adult's attention This book captures a perspective of the holocaust in the most unexpected way. You're never quite sure if you're reading fiction or history. The language is easy enough for kids to follow but exciting enough to keep an adult's attention

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hermione

    The book Devil's Arithmetic. It was outside of my reading scope, and dealt with the perspective of someone in the Holocaust. In 6th grade, I didn't even know what the Holocaust was unfortunately. I was too young to understand the tragedy of it all. The book Devil's Arithmetic. It was outside of my reading scope, and dealt with the perspective of someone in the Holocaust. In 6th grade, I didn't even know what the Holocaust was unfortunately. I was too young to understand the tragedy of it all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    It's a textbook about Children Literature. The writing makes in engaging, easy to read and it moves fast. It gives lists of books for each topic covered in the chapter at the end in case interested to read. It's a textbook about Children Literature. The writing makes in engaging, easy to read and it moves fast. It gives lists of books for each topic covered in the chapter at the end in case interested to read.

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