ERIC Number: ED220846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Children's Literature--The Search for Excellence.
Brett, Betty M.
Few children possess the knowledge and experience to identify the best books from the numbers that flood the market, so it is wise for authors, publishers, librarians, teachers, and parents to be aware of any body of informed critical opinion regarding excellence in books for children. The contribution of the conscientious critic is as valuable to the advancement of literature as is the contribution of the conscientious author. Criticism of children's literature focuses on three main aspects: high literary standards, the child as consumer and audience, and issues such as sexism, racism, or ethnic images. A search for critical viewpoints of children's books for the period of 1969-1979 found an extensive and impressive body of criticism of children's literature. The nature, scope, and authority of the writings were also convincing. Accessible in style and format to laymen as well as experts, these writings covered a variety of subjects, adopted a number of critical stances, and included popular and scholarly approaches. The criticism appears to be moving away from a narrow preoccupation with text, toward a more comprehensive criticism that embraces the author, the work, the social environment, and the audience. (Discussion of many of the works from each critical category is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (15th, Saskatoon, Canada, August 15-20, 1982).