ERIC Number: ED174977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Children's Favorite Picture Storybooks: An Analysis of Structure and Reading Preferences.
Abrahamson, Richard F.
Fifty picture storybooks found on the 1979 Classroom Choices list (a compilation of children's favorite titles) were analyzed to find out what structural characteristics children preferred. A taxonomy developed by Gayle Palmer and Jadzia Nakonechny was used to categorize the books. The analysis reveals the following children's preferences: books in which main characters confront a problem and seek a solution; plots that are episodic, revealing the stories incident by incident; plots that focus on characters with different points of view or characters who experience the same thing in contrasting ways; fantasy as the preferred genre, followed by realistic fiction and folktales; books that give animals human qualities; books that contain humorous characters and situations; and books by Tomie De Paola, who has had more books on the Classroom Choices list during 1978 and 1979 than any other author/illustrator. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Univ., TX. Coll. of Education.