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Chaudhri, Amina; Schau, Nicole – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Scholastic Reading Clubs are a popular and inexpensive way for teachers to build classroom libraries and for parents to purchase books for their children. The books made accessible to children through the order forms are assumed to be suitable for young readers in terms of their content, popularity, currency, and curricular relevance.…
Descriptors: Clubs, Books, Childrens Literature, American Indians
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Chandler, Karen Michele – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Although children's literature has long alluded to cultural connections between Africans and African Americans, very few texts establish clear lines of influence between particular African ethnic groups and African American characters and communities. Joyce Hansen's "The Captive" (1994) and Sharon Draper's "Copper Sun" (2006)…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, African American Culture, Slavery
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Tyler Sasser, M. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Historical fiction has long been a staple in the social studies, history, and English curricula of primary and secondary education. Such commercial and critical successes might be linked to the genre's unique ability to blend educational, didactic, historical, and aesthetic concerns in children's literature, aspects that are heightened…
Descriptors: History, Fiction, Classics (Literature), Childrens Literature
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Zhang, Kunkun; Djonov, Emilia; Torr, Jane – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
"Bookaboo" is a television programme aiming to promote literacy and reading among young children. In each episode, a celebrity reads a book to Bookaboo, a dog who plays the drums in a rock band, in order to help him overcome stage fright. Using the episode featuring the picture book (Cowell and Layton in "That Rabbit Belongs to…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Television, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Cheetham, Dominic – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Roald Dahl is famous for his lexical creativity, for his skill in naming his characters, his ability to create names for a variety of imagined creatures and sweets, and for his most mentioned achievement in creating the language used by the BFG. This paper presents an overview of the development and patterning of Dahl's word creation as found in a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Authors, Naming, Language Usage
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Keller, Tina; Franzak, Judith K. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Names and experiences in schools are often tied together in a child's identity formation. This is true for all children, but becomes an increasingly important topic as classrooms in the United States are becoming more diverse. In this study, we seek to explore the idea of names as identity in picture books depicting minority children. In doing so,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Naming, Literary Devices
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Chang, Li-ping – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
In the face of the worldwide ecological crisis, ecocriticism, "the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment" as "an earth-centered approach to literary studies" has become an important part of contemporary literary theory (Glotfelty in "The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary…
Descriptors: American Indians, American Indian Culture, American Indian Studies, Childrens Literature
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Musgrave, Megan L. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
This essay analyzes the graphic novel "In Real Life" as an example of Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang's intention to raise young people's awareness about gender and economic disparities within the gaming industry. Broadly, "In Real Life" combats the pervasive cultural anxiety that Jane McGonigal challenges in her book "Reality…
Descriptors: Activism, Computer Games, Video Games, Didacticism
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Dempster, Steve; Oliver, Alice; Sunderland, Jane; Thistlethwaite, Joanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
This article reports findings from a small-scale focus-group study funded by the British Academy. Drawing on Herbert Marsh and Richard Shavelson's notion of "Academic Self-Concept" and David Barton and Mary Hamilton's view of literacy as context-specific social practices, the authors examine what young British "Harry Potter"…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Didacticism, Focus Groups, Reading Habits
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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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Barnes, Clive – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Ronald Welch's novels featuring the military adventures of the young men of the Carey family were first published between 1954 and 1976 and have recently been reissued. They were uniquely representative of historical military adventure for children in the Britain of this period; and were the last example of a vigorous century-old genre in…
Descriptors: Novels, War, Childrens Literature, Military Service
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Parlevliet, Sanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
History has been in the centre of political interest over the last two decades; claimed as a vehicle to strengthen social cohesion, especially among future citizens. At the same time an acknowledgement of episodes such as slavery and colonialism are asked for. This article investigates the tension that results with those two appeals to history in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, History, Fiction, Case Studies
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Abate, Michelle Ann – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
This essay provides much-needed critical attention and historical context to the long-neglected 1924 edition of Gertrude Chandler Warner's "The Box-Car Children." Commonly overshadowed by its more recent and more popular 1942 version--known as "The Boxcar Children"--this earlier edition calls attention to the original cultural…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Childrens Literature, Historical Interpretation, Didacticism
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Martinez, Miriam; Stier, Catherine; Falcon, Lori – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
While scholars have recognized the meaning making potential offered by the peritext of picturebooks, there has previously been only limited research on the nature of peritextual features. This content analysis focused on the ways in which various peritextual features (dust jackets, beginning endpapers, illustrations before title page, title pages,…
Descriptors: Investigations, Content Analysis, Picture Books, Literary Criticism
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Guanio-Uluru, Lykke – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (2005-2008) and Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series (2008-2010) have been hugely successful and influential texts, both as best-selling literary works and as action movie franchises. (To avoid confusion, "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" in this essay refer to the…
Descriptors: Females, Masculinity, Gender Issues, Gender Differences
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