ERIC Number: ED192366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Children's Books: Current Trends.
Nist, Joan Stidham
A major trend in children's literature is the growing academic recognition of the field--indicated by the large number of new texts that have been published since 1975. Scholarly periodicals in the field have likewise grown since the 1970s. Library science, elementary education and English literature have fostered the development of children's literature. Current trends in the subject and treatment of children's literature include (1) the celebration of traditional America indicated by "A Gathering of Days" and "Ox-Cart Man" receiving the 1980 Newbery and Caldecott awards, and by the conservative mood of the country; (2) a continuing presentation of ethnic materials effectively portrayed in picture book format; (3) fewer strident examples of street language and more emphasis on the stylistic grace of language, which may enhance poetry; and (4) the progressing rapprochement between the mass media and children's books providing more media translations of children's books. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Southeast National Council of Teachers of English Affiliate Conference (Atlanta, GA, September 25-27, 1980).