Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your by Elizabeth Bird

By Elizabeth Bird

Grasp the large array of caliber kid's books from the prior and the current with this must-have source from kid's librarian Elizabeth poultry. together with her robust ardour for kid's books and the occupation, poultry can assist you: construct and deal with your kid's assortment; strike a stability among award winners and classics; manage your house to top exhibit and reveal books; evaluation the fundamentals of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking; and, upload the a hundred kid's books that belong in each library. "Children's Literature gem stones" is ready dealing with and taking good care of part of the library dedicated to little ones who love solid books and is a needs to for each kid's librarian - new or skilled!

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And then there are the titles that are beloved of older readers but need slow and skillful introduction to reach today’s children. One of the more depressing sights is when a parent walks in with a reluctant reader, determined to “make” a child enjoy Treasure Island for the very first time. Treasure Island, Little Women, and other wordy classics can certainly be loved and adored by kids today, but they should not be forced on kids who aren’t ready to take them on by themselves yet. The advantage of knowing your classics comes when a parent approaches you with the hope of finding something “good” for a child.

Of course, you may be personally opposed to some of those books cooed over by colleagues and the public alike. Just the same, they are an important part of any collection. As for sentimental favorites, some older books are so beloved that it does not matter if they are not the best-written books of a given year. They are remembered, and they are loved. Enid Blyton is a difficult author to read if you did not grow up with her, but if you did, then you would find it shocking if she is not included in your local library’s collection.

A child growing up in America entirely ignorant of Where the Wild Things Are or having only a passing familiarity with Roald Dahl misses out on essential cultural touchstones. ” because many of us have this single point in common. I believe firmly in the existence and use of great children’s literature, but personally I think that there’s a lot to be said for schlock too. My own childhood was as full of classics like The Wind in the Willows and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but also cheap comic books and tie-ins to cartoons and movies.

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