ETL 402 Module 2 Diversity in Children’s Literature

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Some strategies to increase my professional knowledge of childrenā€™s literature are, accessing publisherā€™s book lists in Australia, Europe, and the USA, of recent and popular childrenā€™s and Young Adultā€™s literature. Another strategy would be to access the various professional and childrenā€™s choice Literary Awards in Australia as an alternative source when considering childrenā€™s literature for the school library. Ā Together with the studentā€™s own book reviews, which are always a good indicator of popular trends or good reads for a certain age or year level.

Childrenā€™s Literary Awards

Another childrenā€™s literary award that would be useful for educational purposes is The Childrenā€™s Book Council of Australiaā€™s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award, awarded ā€˜to the outstanding book of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity, or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrationsā€™ (2007-2014, CBCA).The award is an acknowledgement of the invaluable contribution picture books provide within both educational and social contexts.

Contemporary picture books are increasingly popular among all readers, and have become invaluable for teachers to use as opportunities for studentā€™s to make meaning of texts, and develop both critical and visual literacy learning in the Australian Curriculum.

Literary Non-fiction

Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, letters, diaries and journals, travel and exploration narratives, are all examples of literary nonfiction. In The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do, Anh writes with humour and compassion of his life as a refugee (Mod. 2).

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