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New Resources in Children’s Literature

Here at Dewey Library, new materials are constantly being added to our circulating collection. One topic that has recently seen an influx of new resources is children’s literature. Please take a moment to read about three new resources in children’s literature that have been highlighted in the following paragraphs. If you are interested in getting your hands on any of these books, they can each be found on the New Books Display under their corresponding call numbers.

The first book highlighted as a new resource in children’s literature is Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children’s Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors. With an eye towards deconstructing assumptions based on language, meaning, reading, and literature, this book encourages teachers, teacher educators, and researchers of children’s literature to examine the ideological dimensions of reading and studying literature. Some of the topics covered in the book include the historical construction of children’s literature, the intertextuality of children’s literature, and the social construction of Race, Class, and Gender in children’s literature. At the end of each chapter, readers are provided with Classroom Applications, Recommendations for Classroom Research, and Suggestions for Further Reading. The call number for this book is: Dewey Library / PN 1009.5 M84 B68 2009.

Secondly, we have A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature. The aim of this book is to help teachers, librarians, and other media specialists select quality children’s literature. Rather than only provide selected chapters and text summaries, A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature makes use of examples of specific children’s books to explain critical principles and standards, along with special issues in evaluating books for children. Author Rebecca Lukens provides readers with definitions of literary terms, including plot, character, theme, setting, point of view, style, and tone, as well as criteria for evaluating the quality of children’s books. This book can be found on the New Books Display with the call number:
Dewey Library / PN 1009 A1 L84 2007.

A third recent addition to the children’s literature resources is Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the United States. This title provides description of the history and characteristics of ethnic and multicultural children’s history in the United States. Each chapter addresses some aspect of multicultural children’s books, major issues in the field, multicultural initiatives and mainstream responses, research topics, and suggestions for addressing various groups of people. Connections are made between the people, businesses, organizations, and institutions that create, distribute, support, review, and collect children’s literature. The call number for this book is: Dewey Library / Z 1039 M56 G55 2007.

If you have any questions or require assistance related to children’s literature, please contact our User Education Librarian & Bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by phone at 442-3699 or by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu.

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