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ERIC Number: ED097628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 20
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A Baker's Dozen of Personal Values of Children's Literature.
Carlson, Ruth Kearney
There are 13 great values in reading children's literature. One of the greatest of these is an "engagement with life" which children capture as they become engulfed in reading the words of a talented author. A second value of reading literature is the appreciation of the glory and beauty of words, while a third value is called "heart knowledge," which is exemplified by Rebecca Caudill who writes of her Appalachian heritage. A fourth personal value of literature is hopeful dreaming and the extension of the imagination is a fifth personal value. A sixth value of children's literature consists of learning to enjoy humor and laughter. Assistance in making moral choices through illuminating experiences in stories is a seventh value, learning how to mature as a person is an eighth value, relevance in literature is the ninth, and improving the self image through literature is the tenth. The eleventh value is the insight which children's literature offers on sociological and cultural values. The twelfth and thirteenth values are the increasing of critical thinking abilities and the recognition that reading books constitutes the study of the "literature of the human race." (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading (5th, Vienna, Austria, August 12-14, 1974)