Choosing Children's Literature
Children's Literature encompasses all age groups. Choosing A Child's Book
can assist you with an appropriate selection. There are books on every genre imaginable, i.e. fantasy, adventure, realistic fiction, fables and myths, science fiction, etc. In addition, you can find books which deal with all aspects of life, i.e. love, friendship, death, school, adoption, pets, etc.
Did you know?
- There are over seventy five versions of
a classic fairy tale.
- There are many books on
Muti-racial Families and Cultural Diversity.
- Books such as Little Red Riding Hood, How To Eat Fried Worms, James and the Giant Peach, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among others have been
banned in schools, and libraries in the United States during 1990 and 1992.
- Each November, National Children's Book Week is celebrated in schools, libraries, bookstores, and at home. The Children's Book Council
offers everyone the opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading.
- Storytellers are available to read to your school, church, library or organization. Cindy Killavey is such a storyteller.
Mystery Writers of America present awards in recognition of Edgar Allen Poe. These awards are for the best work in mystery, crime, suspense or intrigue.
- Electronic books and educational software can now be purchased and viewed on your computer for active learning. Children's Literature provides multimedia / software reviews for 1996.
Activities For Students
- National Children's Book Week - How did this important annual tradition come about? Research this tradition and create an idea for use in your school this November 1996.
- Read and compare a Goosebumps book with a Magic School Bus book. Select a character from each book. Compare and contrast the characters and describe why you enjoyed them.
- Select two reviews from Notes from the Windowsill, Pick of the Month . Create a diorama depicting a scene from each book. List the time, place, and setting.
- Using the Internet visit the
Magic School Bus Neat Games. Complete the Mystery Name Search and then design a new one using characters from a book of your choice.
- Read a book from the Most Frequently Banned Books in the 1990s book list. Why do you think the book was banned? Be able to support you answer with references from the book. An illustrated edition of "Little Red Riding Hood" was banned in two California school districts in 1989. Following the original "Little Red Cap" story from Grimm's Fairy Tales, the book shows the heroine taking food and wine to her grandmother. The school district cited concerns about the use of alcohol in the story. Do you agree with the California school districts decision? Why or why not.
- Different versions of the stories of Cinderella have ended in a variety of ways. Perrault's version ends happily, The Brothers Grimm incorporated graphic details into their texts; for example, when the stepsisters try on the glass slipper and find it doesn't fit them, they cut off their toes to make it fit properly. Dahl has the prince cut the heads off of the two stepsisters because they are so ugly and the slipper didn't fit them. Rossini's opera uses bracelets instead of glass slippers, and the Disney version incorporates subplots involving talking animals that live in the house with Cinderella. Read at least two versions of this story that you are not familiar with. Then select the book you enjoyed the most and rewrite the ending in a different way.
- Select and read a Newbery
Caldecott award winning book. Explain in your own words why you feel the books won the prestigious medals. Also, be sure to describe what each award stands for. Describe a book that you feel should be nominated for this medal.
Be able to support your reasons with references to the awards specific category.
- Select and read a book by R.L. Stine
and a book which was given the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Compare and contrast the authors style, prose, plot, and characters. Which author's work did you prefer and why? Write a letter to
R. L. Stine
giving him your thoughts and suggestions for his next book.
- Select a book dealing with Muti-racial Families and/or Cultural Diversity. What did you learn about the main character? What problem did he or she face? How would you have solved this problem? Write a letter to the main character describing how you would have handled the problem.