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Resource File: Early Childhood -- Literacy

Children's Literature Selected References


The following is a list of references for books or periodicals that have excellent listings of children's literature categorized according to various parameters. Included are comments about each book or periodical.


Fields, M.V., Spangler, K.L., & Lee, D.M. (1991). Let's begin reading right: Developmentally appropriate beginning literacy. New York: Macmillan Publishing.

On page 99, the authors include a short list of criteria to use for selecting books. At the end of each chapter they have lists of books they've mentioned within the chapter.

Glazer, J.I. (1991). Literature for young children. New York: Macmillan Publishing. Includes a list of Caldecott medal winners.

These awards are given annually to the best picturebook. Also includes categories of books for early readers on pages 27-29. Categories are wordless books, concept books, predictable books, alphabet books, counting books, beginning to read books.

Morrow, L.M. (1989). Literacy development in the early years: Helping children read and write. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

This book probably has the best list of books. The appendices include children's literature for kids of all ages and additional resources like periodicals.

The Reading Teacher. Every October this journal published a list of children's choices of favorite books.

The most recent issue of this is 49(2). This list is organized by age.

Salinger, T. (1988). Language arts and literacy for young children. Colombus, OH: Merrill Publishing.

This book has a list of children's books on pages 287-289 that are organized by topic.

Strickland, D.S., & Morrow, L.M. (1989). Emerging literacy: Young children learn to read and write. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

This book includes short lists of books for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children.


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