Exploring Children's Literature: Reading with Pleasure and Purpose (Paperback)
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Exploring Children's Literature: Reading with Pleasure and Purpose (Paperback)

Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 24/06/2013
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This book introduces the role of children's literature in promoting reading for pleasure and creating lifelong readers. Focusing on a range of fiction relevant to the National Curriculum, it covers genres such as poetry, non-fiction, traditional stories and picture books. Concepts and terminology are explained through a wide range of examples.

This revised edition includes

-Investigative activities and practical exercises for personal or classroom use

-Examples from world literature and work in translation highlighting the range of diverse material available for teaching inspiration

-Coverage of social, cultural and political reading practices to increase understanding of factors that influence children's reading experience

-Coverage of disability and equality issues to help inform teaching strategies that overcome barriers to learning.

This book is essential for students on PGCE, BEd and BA Education courses, and for teachers undertaking CPD in English, literacy or children's literature. It provides useful support material for language coordinators and literacy consultants, and can be used to support distance-learning, as an aid to self-study, or as a course text.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781446268605
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 297 x 210 x 18 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition

'Nikki Gamble's love of children's books, extensive knowledge and respect for authors and their craft all come together in this latest edition.

For children to become lifelong readers, they need teachers who love reading and are confident in exploring themes and ideas that are crucial in quality children's literature. This book supports both the experienced teacher and those new to the profession in encouraging informed and enthusiastic readers'
- Liz Chamberlain, University of Winchester

'Nikki Gamble's revised edition of this key text is informed and comprehensive in its coverage of subject knowledge of children's literature as well as addressing current priorities in the reading curriculum.

Nikki Gamble's new edition of Exploring Children's Literature is as well written and informed as ever. With extended chapters and current priorities addressed, this text continues to be an essential addition to all educators interested in the place of children's books in the reading curriculum.

Professionals and student teachers alike will respond to Gamble's passion and understanding of the role that children's books play in today's reading curriculum. A key text for all those interested in children's books and their role in fostering a love of reading'
-Pamela Lewis, University of Brighton

'Essential reading for every teacher, student and qualified. Whilst the primary intention of the text is to support student teachers in developing a deep knowledge and understanding of children's literature, essential to promoting reading for pleasure and purpose, this is a text that should be freely available in every staffroom. I have recommended it to students since its first edition, and incorporated a number of its suggested activities into my taught courses. I particularly welcome the increased emphasis on reading for pleasure in this third edition'
- Liz Broad, PGCE Primary Programme Leader, Kingston University School of Education

Praise for the First Edition:

'[T]his book provides a comprehensive and readable exploration of the topic of children's literature for both the specialist and the interested general reader'

- Literacy

'[This] book covers everything from picture books to poetry and every conceivable kind of fiction and informs all key stages. It gives children's literature the deserved courtesy of reading it in the context of modern critical theory...[and] guides us brilliantly through the riches of literacy experience as learning'

- English Drama Media

'This book is primarily designed for student teachers and gives an excellent overview of the wide range of texts that children can and should be expected to encounter in school...It is a fascinating read for those of us who continue to be interested in children's literature'

- Speaking English

This is a useful guide for teachers who want to look at children's literature beyond the mechanics of reading. It provides useful updated subject knowledge and ideas for activities: vital for teachers who want to know more about the subjects they teach in order to enthuse and engage young readers. -- Branwen Bingle

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