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Title The early reader in children's literature and culture : theorizing books for beginning readers / edited by Jennifer Miskec and Annette Wannamaker
Published New York : Routledge, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Series Children's Literature and Culture
Children's literature and culture.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Early, Easy, First, Beginner, Chapter; SECTION I: History; 1 From the New England Primer to The Cat in the Hat: Big Steps in the Growth and Development of Early Readers; 2 The Boxcar Children and The Box-Car Children: The Rewriting of Gertrude Chandler Warner's Classic and the origins of the Early Reader; 3 Creating and Marketing Early Reader Picture Books; SECTION II: Aesthetics and Form; 4 The End?: Approaches to Closure in Early Readers; 5 Reading Reading in the Early Reader: Mindset, Emotion, and Power
6 Redefining the Early Reader in an Era of Multiliteracies: Visual Language of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie Series7 Babymouse in Space: Locating the Reader, Text, Character, and Brand; SECTION III: Culture; 8 "I think these chapters are not real": In a Dark, Dark Room and the Horrors of Early Reading; 9 "Just think-how many girls have special powers like you?": Weird Girls and the Normalizing of Deviance in Early Readers; 10 Free-Ranging Childhood and Saving the Earth in the Marty McGuire and Ivy and Bean Early Reader Series
11 Alvin Ho: Not Allergic to Playing Indian, Feathers, and other Stereotypical ThingsSECTION IV: Global Contexts; 12 The World is Flat, Stanley: Globalization, Ethnocentricity, and Absurdity; 13 Playing with Language, Food, and Pictures: Ideology and Cultural Adaptations in the Spanish Translation of the Captain underpants Series; 14 "Watch your language, Andy," said Terry. "There might be children reading"; or, Early Readers the Australian Way; 15 Anna Hibiscus and The No. 1 Car Spotter: Africa in Early Readers; Contributors; Index
Summary This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers - books written and designed for children who are just beginning to read independently. It argues that Early Readers deserve more scholarly attention and careful thought because they are, for many younger readers, their first opportunity to engage with a work of literature on their own, to feel a sense of mastery over a text, and to experience pleasure from the act of reading independently. Using interdisciplinary approaches that draw upon and synthesize research being done in education, child psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and children's literature, the volume visits Early Readers from a variety of angles: as teaching tools; as cultural artifacts that shape cultural and individual subjectivity; as mass produced products sold to a niche market of parents, educators, and young children; and as aesthetic objects, works of literature and art with specific conventions. Examining the reasons such books are so popular with young readers, as well as the reasons that some adults challenge and censor them, the volume considers the ways Early Readers contribute to the construction of younger children as readers, thinkers, consumers, and as gendered, raced, classed subjects. It also addresses children's texts that have been translated and sold around the globe, examining them as part of an increasingly transnational children's media culture that may add to or supplant regional, ethnic, and national children's literatures and cultures. While this collection focuses mostly on books written in English and often aimed at children living in the US, it is important to acknowledge that these Early Readers are a major US cultural export, influencing the reading habits and development of children across the globe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Readers (Primary) -- History and criticism
Children -- Books and reading.
Children's literature -- History and criticism
Reading (Primary) -- Social aspects
Children -- Books and reading
Children's literature
Readers (Primary)
Reading (Primary) -- Social aspects
Barn- och ungdomslitteratur -- teori, filosofi.
Barn och böcker -- teori, filosofi.
Lättläst -- teori, filosofi.
Läsning -- sociala aspekter.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Miskec, Jennifer, 1975- editor.
Wannamaker, Annette, editor
ISBN 9781317394778