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Hope, Julia – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This article begins by reflecting on the present refugee crisis and its relevance to children in the UK. It identifies the need for teaching about the refugee experience to young children and argues that literature can provide a conduit for this. Since the millennium there has been a rapid increase in the number of books published for children…
Descriptors: Refugees, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Case Studies
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Butler, Rebecca R. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
How do schoolchildren respond when they encounter a wheelchair user in a fictional text? This article describes a doctoral project where groups of children were presented with excerpts from books by Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson in which wheelchair users play a significant role. The pupils were asked to discuss issues arising from these…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Motor Development, Fiction, Doctoral Dissertations
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Takiuchi, Haru – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Aidan Chambers' "Breaktime" (1978) is famous for its unique narrative style and sexual content. This focus has obscured another significant aspect of the novel: the role of social class in "Breaktime" and Chambers' working-class background have rarely been explored. Chambers was an example of what Richard Hoggart calls…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Capital, Literary Genres, Sexuality
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Hollowell, Clare – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
This article explores the constructions of class in British girls' school stories. Feminist scholarship has, to some extent, reclaimed the school story, pointing to the widening of acceptable gender roles for female characters in girls' school stories, compared to their counterparts in mixed-gender stories, and indeed real life. While the…
Descriptors: Working Class, Females, Femininity, Foreign Countries
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Tucker, Nicholas – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
Britain's Children's Laureate Scheme has now been running for 14 years. This article asks Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Browne, Michael Rosen and Julia Donaldson for their views on their own experience of taking up this post. It concludes with a discussion of the recurring issues raised by these Laureates…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Authors, Childrens Literature, Writing Attitudes
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Wilson, Melissa B.; Short, Kathy G. – Children's Literature in Education, 2012
The myth of home is what distinguishes children's literature from adult novels (Wolf 1990). Nodelman and Reimer ("The Pleasures of Children's Literature," 2003) write that while "the home/away/home pattern is the most common story line in children's literature, adult fiction that deals with young people who leave home usually ends…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Content Analysis, Postmodernism
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Ciocia, Stefania – Children's Literature in Education, 2009
Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", the first novel to be published simultaneously for the UK adult and children's market, exemplifies the phenomenon of crossover literature better perhaps than the "Harry Potter" series, whose appeal to a dual-aged audience had caught the publishing industry by…
Descriptors: Publishing Industry, Audiences, Children, Novels
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Sundmark, Bjorn – Children's Literature in Education, 2009
"The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" (1906-1907) by Selma Lagerlof and "Scouting for Boys" (1908) by Robert Baden-Powell are characteristic of their time and their respective national and cultural contexts--the Swedish nation state of the early twentieth century and the British Empire. Taking its cue from recent theories on…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship, Males, Cultural Context
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Hope, Julia – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
In the last two decades there have been significant numbers of children's books written about various aspects of the refugee experience. Previously authors had tended to approach this sensitive area principally through an historical perspective. However as the number of refugees in British schools increases, books dealing with contemporary…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Ethnography, Autobiographies, Refugees
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Chappell, Drew – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
JK Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels situate their child protagonists in a fantastical world side by side with present day British society. Through the characters' choices and realizations, young readers are introduced to the complexities and ambiguities of the contemporary world. Harry and his friends embrace these qualities of postmodern…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Fantasy, Foreign Countries
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Benton, Michael; Benton, Peter – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
The "Touchstones" series of poetry anthologies was first published in the UK between 1968 and 1972 in five volumes. Over a million copies and three revisions later, "Touchstones Now 11-14" appeared in the summer of 2008. Few, if any, books for the classroom can claim such longevity. In this article, the compilers of the…
Descriptors: Anthologies, Poetry, Childrens Literature, Politics of Education
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Singer, Nicky – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
The British novelist Nicky Singer talks about becoming a writer, the role of editors and about who decides what can--and what cannot--be published on either side of the Atlantic. Her three novels explore territory which can make publishers nervous: "Feather Boy" (initiation rites and domestic violence), "Doll" (self-harm) and…
Descriptors: Authors, Novels, Books, Publishing Industry
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Alexander, Joy – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
This article examines the verse-novel, a genre that has gained some prominence in children's fiction in the last ten years. Reasons why this may be so are suggested and the chief evolving characteristics of the genre in both content and style are discussed. Notable examples of the verse-novel from Australia, the USA and the UK are analysed.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literary Genres, Childrens Literature, Fiction
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Jones, Dudley; Lockwood, Michael – Children's Literature in Education, 1998
Investigates the current situation of the writer in the schools by talking with six eminent children's writers--three novelists, three poets--who visit schools in the United Kingdom. Suggests the need for writers and teachers to work more closely together before, during, and after contact with pupils. (SR)
Descriptors: Authors, Childrens Literature, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Merrick, Brian – Children's Literature in Education, 1991
Looks at 10 collections of poetry that helped to change attitudes during the 1980s toward poetry in classrooms. (MG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Poetry, Poets, Reading Instruction
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