The third edition of Children's Literature in Action provides an activity-oriented survey of children's literature for undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure and degrees that will lead to careers working with children in schools and public libraries. Author Sylvia M. Vardell draws on her 30 years of university teaching and extensive familiarity with the major textbooks in the area of children's literature to deliver something different: a book that focuses specifically on the perspective and needs of the librarian, with emphasis on practical action and library applications.
Its contents address seven major genres: picture books, traditional tales, poetry, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and informational books. Each chapter includes practical applications for the educator who shares books with children and who develops literature-based instruction. Chapters are enriched by author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics, and activities including selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, and assignment suggestions. This new edition incorporates the 2018 AASL National School Library Standards.
• Includes recommendations and evaluations of digital ebooks, apps, and audiobooks as well as print titles, providing full coverage of today's range of materials for children
• Features short essays by top authors and practitioners in the field to give readers expert opinions and guidance
• Provides author comments, collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and programs, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, relevant professional standards, and assignment suggestions within each chapter
• Addresses the most recent professional and curricular standards for elementary school students—a key element of today's education assessment standards
Sylvia M. Vardell is professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University, where she teaches graduate courses in children's literature. Her research has focused particularly on sharing poetry with young people. Her published work includes Libraries Unlimited's Poetry People: A Practical Guide to Children's Poets and Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children in the Library. She writes a regular "Everyday Poetry" column for Book Links magazine and has served on several award committees. Vardell received the 2014 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.