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Exploring Children's Literature

Exploring Children's Literature
Reading for Knowledge, Understanding and Pleasure

Fourth Edition
  • Nikki Gamble - Founder and Director, Just Imagine Story Centre and Associate Consultant at UCL, Institute of Education

June 2019 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Having a good working knowledge of children's literature is vital for primary teachers; the best way to develop switched-on young readers is to ensure they get access to high-quality age-appropriate material that engages and inspires them. This book explores the rich and varied world of children's literature and how it can be used in teaching to promote reading for pleasure and create lifelong readers. New to this edition: 
  • Digital literacy and use of technology
  • Exploring comic books and graphic novels
  • Expanded discussion of home-school links
  • Updated book recommendation lists

This is essential reading for anyone studying primary English on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, PGDE, School Direct, SCITT), and for teachers undertaking CPD in English, literacy or children's literature.

Part 1: Children's Literature and reading: what counts as Knowledge
Chapter 1: Knowledge and skills: the contested space
Chapter 2: Reading Teachers
Chapter 3: Patterns of Children's Reading
Part 2: Knowing Children's Literature
Chapter 4: Narrative and Story
Chapter 5: Aspects of Fiction
Chapter 6: Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales
Chapter 7: Fantasy
Chapter 8: Realism
Chapter 9: Back in Time
Chapter 10: Classics
Chapter 11: Picturebooks
Chapter 12: Illustrated Fiction and Graphic Novels
Chapter 13: Non-fiction
Chapter 14: The Pleasure of Poetry
Chapter 15: Humour
Part 3: Into Practice
Chapter 16: The Reading School
Chapter 17: The Reading Classroom

This accessible, research-informed book speaks right to the heart of teachers. In this inspiring update, Gamble challenges us to question and debate to consider how we create passionate readers. What a delight to be encouraged as trainee teachers and primary practitioners to reflect on our personal reading journeys, to promote a culture of reading and to develop a love of literature.

Nicky-Jane Kerr-Gilbert
Primary SCITT Course Leader, Nottingham Institute of Education

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Nikki Gamble

Nikki Gamble is Director of Just Imagine, an organisation which seeks to promote literacy using high-quality children’s literature. Formerly a university lecturer and teacher, Nikki has worked in education for 40 years. She continues to work in schools on research and development projects. Nikki is co-author of the awards winning Guiding Readers: layers of meaning (UKLA Academic Book of the Year 2017). More About Author

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