The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature

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Jenifer Jasinski Schneider, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Schneider's research focuses on arts-based approaches to literacy education in which aspects of process drama and children's literature support children's symbolic development and meaning-making strategies. She also examines the ways in which digital tools affect literate practices. Through community-engaged projects, and working within designed field experiments, Dr. Schneider's research addresses the changing set of strategies that children use to compose and communicate through print-based and multimodal texts. Dr. Schneider is the Director of the USF CLICK Conference (Children's Literature Collection of Know-how), an annual literature conference for children, the Coordinator of the doctoral program in Literacy Studies, and the faculty mentor for the Children's and Young Adult Literature Graduate Student Organization at USF. As a 2016 Fulbright Scholar in Ireland, Dr. Schneider's research included the study of Irish children's literature and reading programs, an exploration of family literacy initiatives across different Irish community contexts, and the examination of adult further education and digital literacy training models at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Dr. Schneider's recent publications include the first USF-developed open-access etextbook, The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature (USF Scholar Commons), an edited book Casework in K-6 Writing Instruction: Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core (2014, Peter Lang) and articles in peer-refereed journals such as the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Action in Teacher Education and The Reading Teacher.

The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature

From Poets and Pop-ups to Princesses and Porridge

Authored by Jenifer Jasinski Schneider Ph.D.

The Inside, Outside, & Upside Downs of Children's Literature is a groundbreaking text in which Jenifer Jasinski Schneider explores current issues in children's and young adult literature through extended discourse and integrated digital resources. Although many children's literature textbooks are organized by genre and written just for teachers, this book targets all audiences who have personal, professional, or peripheral interests in what children and young adults read, why they read, and how books work. Using a straightforward approach to analysis and written with a critical view of a $4-billion-a-year industry, Jenifer Jasinski Schneider examines children's literature as a collection of texts that socialize youth, politicize identity, represent history, and become art. This book is relevant for anyone who wants to understand the value of children's literature across political, financial, cultural, educational, and social borders.

Table of Contents
1. Why are you reading kids' books? (An Introduction)
2. What is Children's Literature? (Definitions & Delimitations)
3. Got books? (Access, Collections, & Digital Resources)
4. Important Books (Problems & Politics of Notable Lists, Awards & Associations)
5. The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time (Analysis & Development)
6. The Reading Wars (The Intervening Effects of School and Politics)
7. American Typo (Ghost, Fan, Serial , and Celebrity Writers and Illustrators)
8. Beyond the Page and Behind the Scenes (Writing, Publishing & Marketing)
9. Gore & Grimm, Princesses & Porridge (The Roots of Story and Narration)
10. Waxing Poetic (Deliberate Description, Reading Aloud, Choral Reading & Performance)
11. Past Presidents and Evading Inventors (Not Your Grandmother's Information Books)
12. Banned and Burned Why Worry? It's just Kiddie Lit (Children, Banned Books and The Right to Read)

Publication Date:
0977674428 / 9780977674428
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Literary Criticism / Children's & Young Adult Literature

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