Higher Education

Growing Up with Literature, 6th Edition

  • Walter Sawyer Russell Sage College, Troy, New York
  • ISBN-10: 1111342652  |  ISBN-13: 9781111342654
  • 400 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.75
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GROWING UP WITH LITERATURE, Sixth Edition, provides a practical and understandable presentation of how to use children’s literature/picture books to enhance literacy and language development in children ages birth to eight years. All genres of literature are addressed, including ABC/Counting books, folk and fairy tales, fables, and traditional/contemporary fiction and nonfiction. Learners will acquire an understanding of the relationship between picture books and language development, brain development, media, and the community. They will also learn effective strategies for selecting and evaluating books, planning reading experiences, sharing stories with children, and using stories to help children deal with stress and problems (bibliotherapy). Other topics include integrating stories with other subject matter, and using puppetry, theater, and storytelling to enhance literature. References to the best of children’s literature over the past several decades, including 200 new children’s books, are provided.

Features and Benefits

  • Strategies for integrating literature across the curriculum assist teachers in helping children expand their knowledge and understanding of mathematics, the sciences, and social studies
  • The book includes comprehensive tools and strategies for selecting/evaluating children’s books.
  • Clear and practical explanations of language development, brain development, effects of television violence, and literacy development offer grounding in important topics related to child development as well as to literacy.
  • A chapter on bibliotherapy provides a balanced approach for dealing with the life stresses and anxieties faced by young children.
  • Procedures for using puppetry, theater, media and community with literature to foster language development are provided.
  • Explanation of didacticism is included to explore both the benefits and pitfalls of using children’s literature for ethical and moral purposes.
  • Coverage of current technologies offers readers the knowledge of new resources and websites for use in enhancing children’s literacy.

Table of Contents

1. What’s So Special about Literature?
2. Planning for Success.
3. Choosing the Best Literature.
4. Using Various Types of Literature.
5. Magic Motivations.
6. How Many Ways Can a Story Be Told?
7. Integrating Literature into the Curriculum.
8. Bibliotherapy: Using Books to Heal.
9. Using Commercial and Educational Media.
10. Involving the Community.

What's New

  • NEW! A new two-color interior design increases visual appeal.
  • NEW! Two hundred of the best new children’s literature titles are suggested for use in activities outlined in the book. These new titles were selected for their relevance, interest, and beauty. Also included are strategies for locating virtually any picture book desired.
  • NEW! New content is included on the history of children’s literature and on how to accommodate children with special needs.
  • NEW! Expansion of the Tips for Teachers sections throughout the book assures that readers have easy access to practical strategies that they can put to use right away.
  • NEW! New sections and expanded content throughout the book address controversial topics such as sexual orientation, evaluation of student understanding, organizational strategies, holiday celebrations, virtual field trips, and parent involvement.
  • NEW! Key terms and phrases are now identified with boldface type, aiding comprehension and review.
  • NEW! The chapter on media has been revised to reflect current knowledge about the use of computers, literature-related CDs, DVDs, online programs, podcasts, digital imaging, and the Internet.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Walter Sawyer

Walter Sawyer is a graduate of Siena College, Assumption College, and the State University of New York at Albany. He holds BA, MA, and EdD degrees, and is certified in and has worked at all levels of education from nursery school through graduate school. Currently he is an administrator for the Waterford-Halfmoon School District in upstate New York, and teaches graduate courses in writing and reading at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. He has been an active member at all levels of the International Reading Association, and is past president of a local area reading council.