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Exploring Children's Literature
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Exploring Children's Literature
Reading for Knowledge, Understanding and Pleasure

Fourth Edition
  • Nikki Gamble - Founder and Director, Just Imagine Story Centre and Associate Consultant at UCL, Institute of Education
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June 2019 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Having a good working knowledge of children's literature is vital for primary teachers; the best way to develop switched-on young readers is to ensure they get access to high-quality age-appropriate material that engages and inspires them. This book explores the rich and varied world of children's literature and how it can be used in teaching to promote reading for pleasure and create lifelong readers. This new edition has been completely updated to include: 

- 5 brand new chapters covering Knowledge & skills, Classics, Illustrated fiction & graphic novels, Non-fiction, and Humour 
- New expert voice features providing commentaries from educators, literary experts and authors such as Lucy Worsley 
- Up to date book lists featuring recent and more diverse literature and authors 
- New practical activities and case studies show casing children's books and how to use them in the classroom
- Further reading links to take students further

 

 
Part 1: Children's Literature and Reading: What Counts as Knowledge?
 
Chapter 1: Knowledge and Skills: The Contested Space
 
Chapter 2: Reading Teachers
 
Chapter 3: Patterns of Children's Reading
 
Part 2: Knowing Children's Literature
 
Chapter 4: Narrative and Story
 
Chapter 5: Aspects of Fiction
 
Chapter 6: Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales
 
Chapter 7: Fantasy
 
Chapter 8: Realism
 
Chapter 9: Back in Time: Revisiting the Past through Children’s Literature
 
Chapter 10: Classic Children's Books
 
Chapter 11: Picturebooks
 
Chapter 12: Illustrated Fiction, Comics and Graphic Novels
 
Chapter 13: Non-fiction
 
Chapter 14: The Pleasure of Poetry
 
Chapter 15: Humour: A Serious Business
 
Part 3: Into Practice
 
Chapter 16: The Reading School: Developing a Reading Culture
 
Chapter 17: The Reading Classroom

This accessible, research-informed book speaks right to the heart of teachers. In this inspiring update, Gamble challenges us to question and debate to consider how we create passionate readers. What a delight to be encouraged as trainee teachers and primary practitioners to reflect on our personal reading journeys, to promote a culture of reading and to develop a love of literature.

Nicky-Jane Kerr-Gilbert
Primary SCITT Course Leader, Nottingham Institute of Education

Having an in-depth understanding of children’s literature is one of the most important aspects of teachers’ subject knowledge. Being in a position to support and enrich children’s development as engaged readers is equally important. This book is not only an extraordinary exploration of children’s literature, from picturebooks and graphic novels to nonfiction and poetry, but also a supportive and knowledgeable guide to the development of a whole school reading culture. This is essential reading for every student, teacher and school leadership teams.

Tracy Parvin
Programme Director BA Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University

The best way to develop young readers is to ensure they get access to materials that engage and inspire them. This book explores how children’s literature can be used in teaching, and is supported by a range of extra online resources, including further book recommendations. Aimed at teachers based in primary education, this resource will be very useful for teachers within secondary education, as well, as it covers materials suitable for older readers.

Jan Beechey
Dyslexia Review
Dyslexia Review

A perfect support to the Primary English ITE curriculum. This book would also support early career teachers and English subject leads in school.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 7, 2019

Part 1 is relevant for our year 2/3 students as it discusses the importance of subject knowledge and the current education climate. Part 2 will be useful for subject specialist modules in regards to narrative viewpoint and story structure. Part 2 also has useful sections on features of different genres.

Miss Hannah Chasteauneuf
Faculty of Education, Brighton University
July 1, 2019

An informative book that gives different perspectives on children's literature.

Mrs maureen eyers
Education Health & Community, Liverpool John Moores University
June 3, 2019

This fourth edition is a key text for reading early years and primary teachers who continue to explore and gain a deeper insight of Children's Literature.

Mrs Janet Douglas Gardner
Department of Education, London Metropolitan University
April 15, 2019

This is an excellent book for updating teacher knowledge about children's literature and how to support reading for pleasure. The sections on comics, graphic novels and picutre books are especially good.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training, Dyslexia Action
April 15, 2019

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