Hildrens Literaturefocus on language and literacy
Childrenas Literature (focus: language and literacy)
For this 2-page assignment you will need to review a book written for children (not about children). Good sources for childrenas books will be local bookstores (you can buy or just browse), your local public library where you should be able to borrow a book, or books available for children in your home.
Use the 5 questions below to structure your review of the book:
o What? What book did you review (five a complete reference as per APA guidelines)? What is the topic of the book? Many childrenas books attempt to convey a message, lesson, or feeling to the child. What is your book trying to convey?
o Where? What is the time and place in which this story takes place? Is a?placea? important for conveying the story? If the action takes place in a fictional location, is a fictional location necessary to engage the reader or to teach the lesson being taught?
o When? To what age group is your story directed? Is the language the author uses and concepts the author tries to teach reflective of the language and reasoning skills of children in the target age group? How do you know this (give examples as appropriate)?
o Why? Why did you choose this book? Why might this book be appealing to children? Are there elements of the message or text that would make this a bad choice for children in the target age group?
o How? How might parents or teachers use this book in interacting with children? Is this merely a book to be read aloud to children (or for them to read themselves)? OR are there activities that adults could do with children before or after reading the book that could increase childrenas interest or learning from the book?