ERIC Number: ED449486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Considerations in Selecting Books for Children.
Cohen, Laura R.
Tutor, spec suppl Win 1998
At Bank Street College of Education, the Children's Book Committee annually reviews approximately 3,000 books to select the 600 or so considered the best books for children published that year. In selecting books, high priority is given to a book's appropriateness to a child's stage of emotional, social, and cognitive development. Since individual children's development is highly variable, the guidelines are just guidelines. Three- and four-year-old children are very egocentric and their thinking is concrete. The world they experience is the only world that exists. It is important that picture books have an equal partnership between words and pictures, with each element enhancing the other. Children expand their knowledge of the world through books. Many books that appeal to preschool children will also be of interest to kindergartners and first graders because they can view them with new eyes. Their thinking is less egocentric than preschoolers but still very concrete. They are leaving a world seeped in fantasy for a world of reality. Schoolwork changes from play-based learning to more structured academics. Five- and six-year-olds are also ready for more complex concept books. Second and third graders are reality based. They can understand that beyond their personal experience, people and things exist. Children this age are also interested in sharing stories about the past, especially a past that can be linked to the child's present. Reading aloud to children not only creates a bond between reader and listeners, but is also the best way of instilling a lifelong love of books and literature. (Lists 61 recommended books listed by readers' age level.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Book Reviews, Child Development, Childrens Literature, Developmental Stages, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Material Selection
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., 101 SW Main, Ste. 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 800-361-7890. Full text at http://www.nwrel.org/learns/tutor/win1998/win1998ss.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.; Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.; Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, GA.