Essentials of Children Lit
Children’s Literature
good-quality trade books for children from birth to adolescence, covering topics of relevance and interest to children of those ages, through prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
How many children’s books are currently in print?
How many new children’s books are produced annually?
What kind of Children’s literature is inappropriate for children, and is usually meant for adults?
stories about childhood told in nostalgic or overly sentimental terms
by design and content, is for the purpose of instruction
Trade book
by design and content, is primarily for the purposes of entertainment and information. Also often referred to as library books or storybooks.

What is the most important personal gain that good books offer to children?
The best children’s books offer readers?
enjoyment, memorable characters,situations, and valuable insights into the human condition
Series books
good-but-not-great quality, have no value, no literary prizes, children love them, encourage independent readers to read more
Children increase their ability to think divergently
By seeing the world around them in new ways and by considering ways of living other than their own
Vicarious Experience
Experiences such as these are broadening for children because they, as readers, are taken to placesand times that they could never actually visit-and might not want to.
Walking in someone else’s shoes
Stories that are handed down from one generation to the next connect us to our past. Stories are the repositories of culture.
Programs such as "Character Counts" promote moral reasoning and is and intregal part of?
character education
A valuable result of children interacting with literature is?
They quickly come to recognize the literary and artistic styles of many authors and illustrators.
are expressed through self-selection of reading materials and are powerful reading motivators.
Personal Preference and interest 
reading ability
Improves with practice
Finish this quote "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is…"
reading aloud to children
In teaching children to read there are two procedures that seem especially important:
reading excellent literature aloud to children and silent independent reading of free-choice material by children, both on a daily basis, if possible.
children are exposed to a rich vocabulary and excellent writing styles, which serve as good modles for their own speaking and writing voices
listening and reading excellent literature
literature across the curriculum
This means using works of literature as teaching materials in the content areas of social studies and history, science, health, and mathematics
cognitive value
Illustration in children’s picture books can be appreciated for its ability to help tell the story
aesthetic value
value as art