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Books in the Life of a Child
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Since the Renaissance, educators have realised the power of books not only in developing literacy, but also in influencing children's thinking, attitudes and behaviour. Today, more than ever before, books have become a commodity to be marketed to a specific audience. Sophisticated picture books, 'young adult' fiction, science fiction, pulp fiction, information books, and an increasing range of fiction titles catering for pre-schoolers up to school leavers: never has there been so much - of both the good and the bad, and particularly the indifferent. "Books in the Life of a Child" explores the value of books and reading in the stimulation of children's imagination and their fundamental importance in the development of language and true literacy. It examines not only the vast range of children's books available, with an emphasis on Australian titles, but also how to introduce young people to the joys of reading in the home, the school and in the community. The book has been written as a resource for all adults, especially teachers, student teachers, librarians and parents, and those who care about the value of literature for children. It is a comprehensive and critical guide, with chapters on the history of children's literature and an analysis of its many forms and genres, from poetry, fairytale, myth, legend and fantasy, through realistic and historical fiction, to humour, pulp fiction and information books. In language free of jargon, it addresses such issues as: What is the value of books for children in today's technological world? What about the current theories of criticism? How does the history of children's literature help us? How do the various genres relate? How do we best promote the literature in order to turn kids on to reading that will enrich their lives forever? Here is a book for those who believe that literature not only imitates life but helps make sense of it. We all live by our stories!
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Part I Children and their Books.- 1. The Joy of Reading.- 2. What is Literature? Children's Literature?.- 3. How to approach a Text.- 4. Children's Response to Story Part II The History of Children's Books.- 5. Changing Patterns in Children's Books: A Short History.- 6. The Development of an Australian Children's Literature Part III Traditional Literature.- 7. The Miraculous Pitcher: Literature that Never Runs Dry.- 8. The Wonder of Myth and Legend.- 9. A Shared Adventure: Getting Inside Poetry Part IV Beginning Readers.- 10. Growing Into Reading, Growing Through Reading.- 11. A Time of Wonder: Entering the World of Picture Books.- 12. Establishing the Reader Part V Extending Readers: The Nature of Children's Literature.- 13. The Established Reader.- 14. Adventure.- 15. Fantasy: Beyond the Rim of Reality.- 16. Living in the Real World.- 17. History and Reality.- 18. Animals in Fiction.- 19. Humour in Children's Books.- 20. The Short Story.- 21. Pulp Fiction.- 22. Literature for Young Adults.- 23. Information Books Part VI Literature in Action.- 24. Reading Begins at Home.- 25. Books and the Community.- 26. The Book Centred School.- 27. Readings Aloud/ Oral Interpretation.

About the Author

Maurice Saxby, who pioneered courses in children's literature in Australia

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