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Exploring Children's Literature

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

May 2019 | 320 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. New to this edition: 
  • Digital literacy and use of technology
  • Exploring comic books and graphic novels
  • Expanded discussion of home-school links
  • Updated book recommendation lists

This is essential reading for anyone studying primary English on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, PGDE, School Direct, SCITT), and for teachers undertaking CPD in English, literacy or children's literature.

Chapter 1: Developing Personal Knowledge about Books
Chapter 2: Reading for Purpose and Pleasure
Chapter 3: Reading and Responding
Chapter 4: Narrative, Narration and Structure
Chapter 5: Aspects of Narrative: Character, Setting and Themes
Chapter 6: Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales
Chapter 7: Fantasy and Realism
Chapter 8: Time and Place in Children's Fiction
Chapter 9: Words and Pictures
Chapter 10: The Pleasure of Poetry
Chapter 11: Reviewing Book Provision and Policy: Schools and Classrooms

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