Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Synopsis

Spanish language editions to celebrate!

Celebrate Clifford's 50th anniversary with this collection of six classic stories that were originally published beginning in 1963!

This book includes: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford at the Circus, Clifford Gets a Job, Clifford Takes a Trip, Clifford's Good Deeds, and Clifford's Tricks.

Also included in the book is an original letter from Norman Bridwell to the reader, information about the creation of Clifford--including the original (and never-before seen) 1962 painting that inspired the Clifford series!--the story behind the real Emily Elizabeth, and more!

Excerpt

Family structures have obviously changed through the past 25 years. Families are more diverse than ever before, and many children live with other than biological family members. Teachers today will no doubt have in their classrooms children who have been adopted or placed into foster care. Just as family members help children and youth understand and deal with issues related to foster care or adoption, teachers, too, have a tremendous impact on a child’s understanding of self. The teacher, however, may be influenced by the daily news, books, movies, Web sites, or magazines, just like other Americans. Teachers may not possess the knowledge, skills, or attitudes needed to choose lesson plans, language, or activities offering a positive, sensitive, and accurate picture of children living in alternative family structures. Instead, they may unknowingly use language, materials, and lessons that foster stereotypes or provoke questions or teasing of children who have been adopted or placed into foster care.

Because teachers are trained to choose “quality” literature for use in the classroom, for example, they may automatically assume that award-winning books or stories such as those winning Caldecott or Newbery Medals or Honors or those on the Children’s Notable List are the “best” books when planning lessons. Unfortunately, few Caldecott or Newbery books include themes associated with foster care or adoption, and those that do may not all accurately represent children and youth currently living in such alternative family arrangements. Furthermore, teachers may be unaware of other literature that does accurately portray adoption and foster care or they may not know how to judge books and stories dealing with these themes.

This book will provide teachers with guidelines for evaluating K–8 literature containing adoption or foster care themes. In addition, the book covers developmental issues related to adoption and foster care for children in grades K–8, and suggestions for positive language, healthy discussions, and sensitive assignments are included. Finally, books and stories not included on the award-winning book lists are also reviewed. The purpose of this book, then, is to help teachers provide youngsters with accurate information and sensitive responses so that all children, no matter their living arrangements, will feel safe and valued in the classroom and know that their family matters!

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