Category: Children’s Literature

  • Postmodernism In Literature

    Postmodernism In Literature

    Before taking a look at postmodern picture books, let’s take a look at how the postmodern short story has been described. THE POSTMODERN SHORT STORY The postmodern short story came in the middle of the 20th century. Stories became ‘anti-stories’. Postmodernism is “art’s way of replenishing itself by way of returning to the past in general, and to itself in particular”.…

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  • Storytelling And Subversion: How is it done?

    Storytelling And Subversion: How is it done?

    Subversion of reader expectation to challenge long-held beliefs is one of the most difficult — and the most important — things storytellers can do.

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  • Stories To Complement The Artifacts

    The Artifacts is a story about: the power of imagination the value of memory over material objects loss disappointment betrayal Here are some stories you might like to read/study if you are interested in themes touched upon in The Artifacts. Picturebooks These next three books are similar to The Artifacts in that they share a counterpoint in genre: The words…

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  • A Brief History Of The Adventure Story In English

    A Brief History Of The Adventure Story In English

    I’m going on an adventure And who knows, what will be Or, what will become of me But one thing is for sureAn adventure it shall be Athey Thompson Edgar Rice Burroughs is probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world. By giving romance and adventure to a whole generation of boys, Burroughs caused them to go out…

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  • Representation and Inclusion Vs Diversity

    Representation and Inclusion Vs Diversity

    When talk of diversity expands beyond race it still ends up looking very much like a checklist of compartmentalized identities. Can we get a child in a wheelchair? Check. Can the doctor be African American, and a woman? Check and check. … For adults I often describe the difference between diversity and inclusion as the difference between entering a room and…

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  • Stories About Female Friendships

    Stories About Female Friendships

    I should like to have friends, I confess. I do not suppose I ever shall. But there have been moments when I have realized what friendship might be. Rare moments – but never forgotten. Friendship is a binding, as solemn as marriage. We take each other for life, through everything – forever. But it’s not enough to say we will…

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  • On Exposition

    On Exposition

    This is from a book on screenwriting by Robert McKee, but applies also to picturebooks. I’m surprised at how much it sounds like that terrible dating book written for women The Rules. (I saw the authors on Oprah years ago.) Parse out exposition bit by bit though the entire story. You can reveal exposition well into the climax of the last…

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  • Middle Grade Writing Advice

    Middle Grade Writing Advice

    WHAT IS MIDDLE GRADE LITERATURE? Middle grade fiction is not written for middle school kids despite sounding like it ought to be. Middle grade is actually aimed at eight- to twelve-year olds, which sometimes bleeds over into seven to thirteen. You can include romance, but only a little. Provide smaller solvable problems and solve them. Fun to include personal dilemmas…

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  • Letters And Diaries In Children’s Literature

    Letters And Diaries In Children’s Literature

    Let’s take a look at various kinds of first-person narratives: EXAMPLES OF FICTIONAL DIARIES IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The fictional diary is a popular narrative technique in children’s fiction. The huge success of Jeff Kinney’s book have led to a boom in the diary format in middle grade literature. WRITING FICTION IN DIARY FORM Stories in diary/journal format for publication still…

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  • Food And Sex In Children’s Literature

    Food And Sex In Children’s Literature

    Food plays an important role in children’s literature, and is one difference between mainstream literature and literature for children. Food means all sorts of things throughout literature — sometimes it symbolizes good, other times evil. Writers don’t care what they eat. They just care what you think of them. Sport, Harriet the Spy Why All The Food in Children’s Literature?…

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  • Work and Manual Labour In Children’s Literature and Art

    Work and Manual Labour In Children’s Literature and Art

    Labor is used symbolically, as a temporary trial through which the young protagonists have to go before they can find their true place in society. The depiction of labor is highly ambiguous: it is a punishment, and even when chosen voluntarily… it is a burden that brings neither joy nor satisfaction. The message young readers will get from these novels…

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  • Who does the nurturing work in children’s books?

    Who does the nurturing work in children’s books?

    “Mothers in the books were more likely than fathers to perform almost every nurturing behaviour, including verbal and physical expressions of love, encouraging, praising and listening,” the researchers write. Similarly, mothers outperformed fathers on every care-giving behaviour. Gender stereotypes plague children’s picture books, from Salon Mothers often appear at the beginnings of hero tales. They preside over the home which…

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  • Use of long words: sesquipedalianism

    Sesquipedalianism is a linguistic style that involves the use of long words. It might be characterised as polysyllabic holophrastic verbalism. Wikipedia Some well-known authors advise against making use of words which draw attention to themselves. Words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles you read page after page…

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  • Lookism and Physiognomy in Children’s Fiction

    Lookism and Physiognomy in Children’s Fiction

    Physiognomy is the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his outer appearance, especially the face. Wikipedia There are plenty of books about this subject, which encourages readers to judge people based on how they look. (Here’s a list on Goodreads.) If you read classic children’s literature you’ll encounter descriptions of character which exist not only to paint a picture in…

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  • The Features Of Chapter Books

    The Features Of Chapter Books

    Chapter books are better able to be defined than other types of books because they are for quite a narrow developmental process.

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