Children’s Literature

You can learn a lot about the language and thought processes of young children by examining the literature written for them. Choose a children’s book and answer the questions below. Do not copy and paste information. 

  1. Give the title, name of the author and illustrator, and the date of publication for the book. 2. Do you remember reading this book when you were a child? If so, what did you think about this book? 3. Write down examples of any of the following story elements that appear in the book: (All elements may not be illustrated in every story.) A. Rhyme and repetition B. Egocentrism (i.e. animals that dress and talk like a child or misunderstandings that arise from the main character’s self-centered viewpoint) C. Centration (i.e. characters who only have one prominent feature or a child focusing on one goal, trait or object) 
    E. Static Reasoning F Story elements that reflect the young child’s fear of separation G. Effects that depend on literal or figurative language (i.e. jokes that come from a character taking things literally or misunderstandings because of the same) H. Story elements that reassure the child about the strong ties of family and friendship 4. What are your thoughts/opinions about this book? 5. Would you read this book to your child or allow them to read it on their own? Why or why not?