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ERIC Number: ED116136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 115
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Book Selection Criteria of Children's Book Editors and Elementary Classroom Teachers.
McKeon, Helen M.
This paper describes a study of the criteria children's book editors and elementary classroom teachers use to select fiction books for children in grades four, five, and six. A questionnaire was sent to all members of the Children's Book Council and to elementary classroom teachers of grades four, five, and six in each elementary school in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The respondents were asked to rate twenty criteria according to relative importance and to judge fifteen current themes in children's fiction books according to appropriateness for boys and girls. Significant differences between the editors and teachers were found for ten of the twenty criteria. Teachers gave the use of a readability formula, controlled vocabulary in fiction books, high-interest books for slow readers, books enriching the curriculum, books developing appreciation for beauty, and avoidance of controversial themes significantly higher mean ratings than the editors. The mean ratings of the editors were significantly higher on criteria relating to excellence in writing and quality illustrations. Ten current themes were approved by over 60 percent of the editors and teachers. A much greater percentage of teachers than editors approved of traditional roles for boys and girls as a theme. (MKM)
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