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Livingston, Nancy; Kurkjian, Catherine – Reading Teacher, 2003
Notes that there are certain books in children's literature that have stood the test of time. Explains that these books not only have artistic and literary merit, but also generate strong personal response and have universal appeal. Presents an annotated list of 17 such children's books, published between 1719 and 1985. (PM)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Childrens Literature, Classics (Literature), Elementary Education
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Johnson, Denise – Reading Online, 2003
Notes that book talks can be used to introduce students to books in the classroom library, books for literature circles, a text set of books for a unit, or books written by a particular author. Outlines the steps in a book talk. Provides annotations of and links to 15 resources--online articles about book talks; guidelines, tips, and ready-to-use…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Education, Internet, Student Attitudes
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Yokota, Junko; Cai, Mingshui – Language Arts, 2002
Looks at testing from a broad perspective and selected works of children's literature in which the characters face tests of many kinds. Organizes books in the following ways: tests at school, tests of survival, tests of courage, tests of character, tests of relationships, and tests of extraordinary life hardships. (SG)
Descriptors: Characterization, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Johnson, Denise – Reading Online, 2002
Suggests that poetry can convey a maximum amount of thought and feeling in the fewest and most carefully chosen words. Discusses the importance of teaching poetry to young students. Annotates 17 Internet websites which provide teachers with valuable resources for finding great poetry, information on poets, Internet projects involving poetry, and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Internet, Poetry, Student Attitudes
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Johnson, Nancy J.; Giorgis, Cyndi – Reading Teacher, 2002
Honors the pleasures of childhood as depicted in literature written especially for children. Presents annotations of 32 titles incorporating ideas such as: readers as investigators, characters as detectives, characters readers, fun and games, and tickling the funny bone. (SG)
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Literature Appreciation
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Nieto, Sonia; Farino, Yvonne; Tramonte, Barbara – Language Arts, 2002
Considers some of the current and emerging issues in the language arts, and how they are reflected in professional books. Discusses three books with distinct themes that challenge conventional wisdom about literacy. Suggests that broadening the framework of literacy will make it more accessible and equitable for a wider range of children. (SG)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Literacy
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Thatcher, Debra H. – Michigan Reading Journal, 2002
Identifies seven types of alphabet books: letter shapes, word play, art play, topical/thematic, multicultural, narrative, and puzzles. Presents annotations of around 30 titles. Suggests that alphabet books are not intended just for the emergent reader--there is a wide range of ABC books with intriguing stories, captivating illustrations, playful…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Multicultural Education, Puzzles, Reading Material Selection
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Johnson, Nancy J.; Giorgis, Cyndi – Reading Teacher, 2001
Lists and discusses 37 works of children's literature, and categorizes the books by disciplines (science, math, language arts, geography, history, and fine arts) as a reminder of the growing place for literature in all areas of the curriculum and the role it plays in fostering children's desire to know and learn. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Content Area Reading, Curriculum