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Rebecca's Recommended Resources
Relevant Reference Books
Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature
This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
The Encyclopedia not only documents but also interprets every work, major and minor, that has played a role in the history of children's literature in the world... Sociocultural developments such as the impact of toys, films, animation, the Internet, literacy, libraries and librarians, censorship, the multicultural expansion of the field, and other issues related to the appreciation and dissemination of children's literature are also addressed.
Understanding Children's Literature
The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft.
(Re)Imagining the World
Considers how writers of fiction for children imagine 'the world', not one universal world, but different worlds: imaginary, strange, familiar, even monstrous worlds. The chapters in this collection discuss how fiction for children engages with some of the changes brought about by new technologies, information literacy, consumerism, migration, politics, different family structures, cosmopolitanism, new and old monsters.
Children's Books Online
(as per suggestion by Prof. Satz)
The Courage Seed
Mary Manygoats is a Navajo girl orphaned by a tragedy. When she comes to live with her Aunt Betsy in Houston, she faces the daunting prospect of going to a strange school where she is different from everyone else. But as Mary meets her new classmates, she quickly learns how many distinct cultures can mingle & to be proud of her own heritage. THE COURAGE SEED was inspired by the author's experiences teaching on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico & the ethnic diversity of her Houston classes. Richardson weaves traditional Navajo myths into Mary's story: the title comes from a Navajo belief that brave deeds nurture the seeds of courage planted in everyone's mind. The book includes a glossary of Navajo terms, several one-page essays on Navajo culture, & a list of books recommended for further reading.