Journal of Children's Literature

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Fall

Book Talk in Teacher Education Classes
Drawing from classroom research that has yielded thoughtful book discussions, this column describes practices that have helped adult students of children's literature talk over books in university classes.PRESERVICE TEACHERS have pulled chairs into a...
Braided Histories and Experiences in Literature for Children and Adolescents
This study examines how intergroup histories and experiences are represented in children's literature to foster social justice inquiry."'THERE'S NO UNRAVELING THE ROPE. WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.'"- Louise Erdrich (Goodman & Erdrich, 2008)LOUISE...
Dear Members of the Children's Literature Assembly
As a new school year begins, this issue of the Journal of Children's Literature reminds us that empowering children to create a better world is one of our essential responsibilities. Vital to this endeavor is guiding students to develop the concept of...
Developing Understandings of Social Justice: Critical Thinking in Action in a Literature Discussion Group
Taking a critical emancipatory approach to literature discussions, this study illustrates the power of multicultural literature with social justice themes to encourage reflection on worldviews.ALMOST TWO DECADES AGO, Gay (1995) described the state of...
Freedom Riders: A National Geographic Journey in Social Justice through Imagery
Wooten and Claybough, through interviews with the author, Ann Bausum, and Jennifer Emmett, the Editorial Director for Children's Books at the National Geographic Society, discuss the writing and development of the powerful civil rights text, Freedom...
Injustice and Irony: Students Respond to Japanese American Internment Picturebooks
Youngs describes how fifth graders interpreted Japanese American Internment picturebooks and developed awareness of injustice and irony as presented in the visual and written narratives.IDEOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT childhood play into the production...
Meet David Shannon
This article analyzes the work of author/illustrator David Shannon and includes an interview with him.THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSEMBLY breakfast speaker for the 2012 NCTE Convention is picture book author/illustrator extraordinaire David Shannon. Known...
Memo Board
In the Memo Board, you will find the latest on national children's book awards, conferences offered by national literacy and children's literature organizations, and news from the field of children's literature. The Children's Literature Assembly of...
Navigating Difficult Conversations
Q For the last three years I have taught fourth grade language arts and social studies in a diverse, urban elementary school. In an attempt to help my students to, "read the word and the world multiculturali/," I have read picture books about the struggles...
Reflections on the Development of African American Children's Literature
ARTICLESBishop reflects on her scholarship in the field of African American children's literature and the emergence ofthat literature as a cohesive body of work.As a doctoral student at Wayne State University in Detroit, I taught, along with a few other...
Talking about Terrible Things the Craft of Allegory in Children's Literature
Unfettered ImaginationsThis issue's column explores different kinds of allegories found in children's literature.TEACHERS OF TEN FACE the challenge of when and how to discuss difficult topics with children. How to respond when a child asks, "Will polar...
Talking about Terrible Things: Using Allegory in the Classroom
As discussed in the introduction, allegory can be used to introduce difficult topics or themes, especially when students may not be mature enough to discuss some more challenging topics explicitly. For example, although Terrible Things is subtitled,...
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Stephen Gammell Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society, 1980The little white rabbit doesn't know what to do when the Terrible Things come to his clearing in the woods....
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