Views and Issues in Children’s Literature

Authored by: Olivia N. Saracho

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415884341
eBook ISBN: 9780203841198
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897023


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During the last century, children’s literature came to be valued and appreciated as an art form for children. Research supports that it provides young children with a foundation for later literary understanding and aesthetic development. Young children’s aesthetic experiences assist them in all facets of their lives including their use of language. In addition children’s literature has a significant effect on young children’s intellectual and emotional experiences to their wider world (Kiefer, 2004). The purpose of this chapter is to review the scholarship on children’s literature; discuss how children’s play is reflected in classic literature; provide an historical perspective on the development of scholarship in children’s literature; describe the different theories in children’s literature, including the controversies; report research in children’s literature from a literary perspective; and review the implications of children’s literature in early childhood education.

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