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ERIC Number: ED071022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 280
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Choosing Literature for Young Children.
Wilcox, Leah Margaret
To assist educators in defining outstanding resources in children's literature, this study compiled criteria for good books from the writings of twelve selected academicians in the field of children's literature. A further investigation was made to determine if educators considered the same criteria when they selected books for children. In an analysis of the importance placed on individual standards of excellence it was noted that academicians strongly advocated criteria that stressed literary qualities of books. They opposed didacticism in literature but were concerned about expanding children's interests and giving them opportunities to respond to varied art media. They all felt that books that are condescending in text or illustrations should be avoided. Educators stressed criteria concerning books of information. Only 1/3 of the educators opposed didacticism in literature. They strongly supported any criterion that seemed to encourage reading readiness. Many were not concerned that some books seem to patronize children and only 64 percent felt that children's literature must fulfill the standards of excellence in writing. One recommendation made by the author is more cooperation between educators and experts in the field of children's literature. (Author/TO)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California