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Chaudhri, Amina; Schau, Nicole – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Scholastic Reading Clubs are a popular and inexpensive way for teachers to build classroom libraries and for parents to purchase books for their children. The books made accessible to children through the order forms are assumed to be suitable for young readers in terms of their content, popularity, currency, and curricular relevance.…
Descriptors: Clubs, Books, Childrens Literature, American Indians
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Zhang, Kunkun; Djonov, Emilia; Torr, Jane – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
"Bookaboo" is a television programme aiming to promote literacy and reading among young children. In each episode, a celebrity reads a book to Bookaboo, a dog who plays the drums in a rock band, in order to help him overcome stage fright. Using the episode featuring the picture book (Cowell and Layton in "That Rabbit Belongs to…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Childrens Television, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Cheetham, Dominic – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Roald Dahl is famous for his lexical creativity, for his skill in naming his characters, his ability to create names for a variety of imagined creatures and sweets, and for his most mentioned achievement in creating the language used by the BFG. This paper presents an overview of the development and patterning of Dahl's word creation as found in a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Authors, Naming, Language Usage
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Keller, Tina; Franzak, Judith K. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Names and experiences in schools are often tied together in a child's identity formation. This is true for all children, but becomes an increasingly important topic as classrooms in the United States are becoming more diverse. In this study, we seek to explore the idea of names as identity in picture books depicting minority children. In doing so,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Naming, Literary Devices
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Dempster, Steve; Oliver, Alice; Sunderland, Jane; Thistlethwaite, Joanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
This article reports findings from a small-scale focus-group study funded by the British Academy. Drawing on Herbert Marsh and Richard Shavelson's notion of "Academic Self-Concept" and David Barton and Mary Hamilton's view of literacy as context-specific social practices, the authors examine what young British "Harry Potter"…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Didacticism, Focus Groups, Reading Habits
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Butler, Rebecca R. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
How do schoolchildren respond when they encounter a wheelchair user in a fictional text? This article describes a doctoral project where groups of children were presented with excerpts from books by Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson in which wheelchair users play a significant role. The pupils were asked to discuss issues arising from these…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Motor Development, Fiction, Doctoral Dissertations
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Barnes, Clive – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Ronald Welch's novels featuring the military adventures of the young men of the Carey family were first published between 1954 and 1976 and have recently been reissued. They were uniquely representative of historical military adventure for children in the Britain of this period; and were the last example of a vigorous century-old genre in…
Descriptors: Novels, War, Childrens Literature, Military Service
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Parlevliet, Sanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
History has been in the centre of political interest over the last two decades; claimed as a vehicle to strengthen social cohesion, especially among future citizens. At the same time an acknowledgement of episodes such as slavery and colonialism are asked for. This article investigates the tension that results with those two appeals to history in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, History, Fiction, Case Studies
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Martinez, Miriam; Stier, Catherine; Falcon, Lori – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
While scholars have recognized the meaning making potential offered by the peritext of picturebooks, there has previously been only limited research on the nature of peritextual features. This content analysis focused on the ways in which various peritextual features (dust jackets, beginning endpapers, illustrations before title page, title pages,…
Descriptors: Investigations, Content Analysis, Picture Books, Literary Criticism
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Guanio-Uluru, Lykke – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (2005-2008) and Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series (2008-2010) have been hugely successful and influential texts, both as best-selling literary works and as action movie franchises. (To avoid confusion, "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" in this essay refer to the…
Descriptors: Females, Masculinity, Gender Issues, Gender Differences
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Torres, Heidi J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
There are few empirical studies that examine the depiction of Muslims in children's literature. Given the influence of US media on perspectives of Muslims (Jackson, 2010), and the pervasive use of children's literature in American schools, it is important to investigate what viewpoints about Islam are being communicated to children through these…
Descriptors: Muslims, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Islam
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Baird, Adela; Laugharne, Janet; Maagerø, Eva; Tønnessen, Elise Seip – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Children as readers of picture books and the ways they respond to, and make meaning from, such texts are the focus of this article, which reports on a small-scale study undertaken in Norway and Wales, UK. The theoretical framing of the research draws on concepts of the multimodal ensemble in picture books and of the reading event as part of a…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Emergent Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes
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Echterling, Clare – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
This article argues that most contemporary children's environmental picture books and easy readers published in the United States focus overwhelmingly on individual environmentalist acts and lifestyle changes, overlook the connections between environmental degradation and systemic social problems such as class disparities, and ultimately…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizen Participation, Social Problems, Recycling
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Heinecken, Dawn – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Advice books by female athletes are among the top selling sports books for young readers in the US. Though they have received little attention to date, sports advice books are important to examine because of how they function as a form of conduct manual instructing girls in specific understandings of female identity. Implying that girls face…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Team Sports, Females, Self Concept
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Jacobs, Katrina Emily Bartow – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
While scholars have recognized the importance of page breaks in both the construction and comprehension of narrative within picture books, there has previously been limited research that focused directly on how children discuss and make sense of these spaces in the text. Yet, because of their nature as dramatic gaps in the narrative, page breaks…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Text Structure, Layout (Publications), Young Children
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