Children's Literature in Action

A Librarian's Guide, 2nd Edition

by Sylvia M. Vardell


A book full of practical activities, programming ideas, and teaching strategies that identifies the latest critically acclaimed books and materials for children.

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July 2014

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 343
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Literature Applications
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Acquisition and Collection Development Guides
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Looking for a practitioner-oriented intro to literature for children ages 5–12? This book covers the latest trends, titles, and tools for choosing the best books and materials as well as for planning fun and effective programs and activities.

Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide, Second Edition presents an action-oriented approach for sharing books with children ages 5 through 12, planning book-based programs, and collaborating with teachers and families in sharing books and developing literature-based instruction. 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. The contents address seven major genres: picture books, traditional tales, poetry, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and informational books.

This invaluable book addresses such questions as "How should a librarian select and share books in each genre?" and "How do I generate interest in reading with today's students?" as well as "What are the best promotion and collaboration activities associated with each genre?" Although the work is specifically written to help new librarians get up to speed in the field of children's literature, it will benefit everyone from experienced, practicing librarians and children's services paraprofessionals to elementary level educators and parents who homeschool their children.


  • Includes recommendations and evaluations of digital eBooks, apps, and audiobooks as well as print titles, providing full coverage of the range of materials for children today
  • 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
Author Info

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 as well as Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children in the Library; The Poetry Friday Anthology series (with Janet Wong); The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists; as well as her blog on sharing poetry with kids, PoetryForChildrenatBlogspot. She writes a regular "Everyday Poetry" column for Book Links magazine and has served on several award committees, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Sibert Medal, the Odyssey Award, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the National Council of Teachers of English Poetry Award. Vardell received the 2014 American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments Introduction This Book by Joyce Sidman
  • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Children and Their Literature Chapter 2: Picture Books Chapter 3: Traditional Tales Chapter 4: Poetry for Children Chapter 5: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Chapter 6: Historical Fiction Chapter 7: Fantasy Chapter 8: Informational Books
  • References Bibliography of Children's Books Cited Credits Index



    "This attractive and informative addition to the Library and Information Science Text Series provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of children's literature. Designed specifically to teach library science professionals how to select, display, and create engaging activities around children's books, this unique textbook also has far-reaching appeal to anyone interested in learning more about children's literature. . . . These features make the book an indispensable resource for information professionals."ARBAonline

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