part is based on Lynch-Brown, C. & Tomlinson, C. (2005).
Essentials of Children’s Literature, 5th edition.
Chapter 1. Learning about children and their literature.)
“Children’s literature is
good quality trade books for children from birth to
adolescence, covering topics of relevance and
interests to children of those ages, through prose
and poetry, fiction and nonfiction.” (p. 3)
trade book, by design and content, is primarily for the
purpose of entertainment and information. Trade books are often
referred to as library books and story books. They are different
from textbooks, which are for the purpose of instruction.
1) experiences of childhood set in the past, present, or future
(e.g., enjoying birthday parties, anticipating adulthood,
getting a new pet, enduring siblings, and dealing with family
situations); 2) things that are of interest to children (e.g.,
dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, world records)
1) stories are told in a forthright, humorous, or
suspenseful manner (stories that are told in nostalgic or overly
sentimental terms are inappropriate); 2) stories should
emphasize the hope for a better future rather than the
hopelessness and utter despair of the moment.
“The best children’s books offer readers
enjoyment as well as memorable characters and
situations and valuable insights into the human condition.”
and importance of ideas
use of language
literary and artistic style
usually enjoy reading fast-moving, adventure-filled, and easily
predictable stories. These works have won no literary prizes,
but they encourage children to read independently and read