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Crisp, Thomas; Gardner, Roberta Price; Almeida, Matheus – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Despite increased attention toward children's nonfiction and informational texts in recent decades, there is still little research that investigates the ways in which various cultural identities are depicted in nonfiction children's books. Focusing specifically on the 143 winners and honor recipients of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Childrens Literature, Homosexuality, Awards
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Lacy, Meagan – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
This literary analysis examines the emergence of children of alcoholics narratives and their growth from "resource" texts to literary subgenre. While early texts offer useful information about parental alcoholism, they are also limited. Namely, they do not adequately mirror the diversity of children, families, and problems associated…
Descriptors: Children, Alcoholism, Parent Influence, Parents
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Dean-Ruzicka, Rachel – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
This article discusses the representation of Roma-Sinti ("gypsy") characters in young adult literature about the Holocaust. It analyzes three primary texts: Jerry Spinelli's "Milkweed" (2003), Erich Hackl's "Farewell Sidonia" (1991), and Alexander Ramati's "And the Violins Stopped Playing"…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Minority Groups, War, European History
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Chaudhri, Amina; Teale, William H. – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
This study analyzed 90 realistic novels written and published in the United States between the years 2000 and 2010 and featuring mixed race characters. The researchers examined specific textual features of these works of contemporary and historical fiction and employed Critical Race Theory to contextualize the books within paradigms about…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Multiracial Persons, Racial Identification, Self Concept
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Mills, Alice – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
The Harry Potter series focuses upon the toilet as a site for heroic action and a threshold between worlds as well as a more traditional place for boys to be bullied and girls to weep. This article offers a Kristevan reading of the toilets as abject in Harry Potter, and shows how this concept helps us make sense of wider issues within the series,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fantasy, Novels, Literary Criticism
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Lea, Susan G. – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
The secondary worlds created in fantasy encourage the reader to compare and contrast the real world with the imaginary. In this way, fantasy as a genre can be transformative. In this article, the dystopia created in "The Giver" (1993) by Lois Lowry is examined as a metaphor for racism. After exploring the young adult novel as mystical fantasy in…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Novels, Adolescent Literature, Figurative Language
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Gates, Geoffrey – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
This paper examines six recent retellings of Robin Hood and concentrates on the representation of class, religion and gender in the texts. The question is asked: "what values do the texts implicitly or explicitly arm?" The idea that Robin Hood retellings are systematic of a socially and politically conservative ideology is interrogated by…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fiction, Social Class, Religion
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Blumenreich, Megan; Siegel, Marjorie – Children's Literature in Education, 2006
In this article, we examine a set of 26 children's books on HIV/AIDS published between 1989-1999 to identify the ways in which these texts construct HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/AIDS. We explore how this marginalized group is depicted in these books, and how well-meaning teachers may in fact be reproducing dominant discourses about HIV/AIDS…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Discourse Analysis, Communicable Diseases
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Moruzi, Kristine – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
In the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, Pullman reworks the fall of humanity into an ascent and suggests that ascent into adulthood through sexual experience is the desired goal for children. Although this ascent is accompanied by a radical reconceptualization of life and death, Pullman fails to offer any genuinely new ideas of the world with respect…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fantasy, Child Role
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Sims, Sue – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
In this article, the life and writings of Antonia Forest, who died in 2003, are considered. An attempt is made to put her books into their literary, cultural and religious contexts, and to examine possible reasons for the critical reception of her books during the last 30 years of the twentieth century; from neglect and even disapproval to…
Descriptors: Authors, Fiction, Childrens Literature
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Brooks, Wanda; Hampton, Gregory – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
This article presents a case study class response to Mildred Taylor's now classic and widely read novel, "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry." Through data collected during one school year, the ways urban, adolescent students use their contemporary lenses to interpret the literary theme of "confronting, overcoming and challenging racism" are discussed.…
Descriptors: Novels, Racial Bias, Reader Response, Adolescents
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Dams, Isobel – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
This article examines the historical fantasy world created by Joan Aiken in the eleven volumes of her "Wolves of Willoughby Chase" series. In particular it looks at her subversion of historical reality by the creation of an alternative yet recognisable representation of our own world, using a wide range of events, and the remoulding of aspects of…
Descriptors: Fantasy, History, Childrens Literature, Authors
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Harris, Marla – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
This essay identifies a genre of popular fiction for children and young adults, prevalent in the 1990s and continuing into the early twenty-first century, that incorporates computers and the internet, e-mails and chat rooms, into its plots. However, along with a focus on technology, this fiction frequently features the supernatural. So, too,…
Descriptors: Novels, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Internet
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Kornfeld, John; Prothro, Laurie – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
This article provides a rationale for using literature in the classroom to explore conceptions of curriculum and teaching. We discuss a number of exemplars from children's and young adult fiction, both mainstream and less well known; offer a taxonomy for categorizing the range of visions of curriculum and teaching in the literature; and describe…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Young Adults, Fiction, Instructional Materials
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Gilbert, Ruth – Children's Literature in Education, 2005
Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" was the crossover publishing sensation of 2003. It has been the subject of widespread critical and commercial acclaim and has won prestigious UK prizes including the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize. It is still enjoying considerable commercial…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Authors, Novels
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