The author and co-author of numerous books, Professor of Education Charles Temple has completed the fifth edition of “Children’s Books in Children’s Hands,” which first appeared in 1996 and has been on a four year publication cycle. This guide for current and prospective teachers will be available on March 28.
Temple and co-authors Miriam Martinez, a teacher educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Junko Yokota, the director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books and a professor emerita of National Louis University in Chicago, provide a wealth of richly illustrated ideas for sharing literature with children. The book includes practical applications, unique pedagogical features, and outstanding teacher and student supplements.
“I love working on this book, but it’s not an easy one to keep up with,” says Temple. “It seems the last edition is just out the door when the publisher asks us to start on a new one. That means we read scores of books and reams of current research. It also means flying off to Chicago or San Antonio to talk about books and ideas with my two co-authors. I do think my course on children’s literature at HWS is stronger for all the work on the book.”
Continuing its strong emphasis on books from many cultural groups, this edition gives readers hundreds of annotations of newer titles for children, including entire chapters on multicultural books and international books expanded from the last edition. It also includes tools to help teachers find books that center on the cultures of English language learners and help draw them into discussions.
The variety of books includes folktales, poems, picture books, multicultural books, novels, fantasy and science fiction, information books, and biographies.
Among the features of this updated and revised edition, it is more than 100 pages shorter to allow students and instructors more time to read more children’s books in their courses. This is also the first time the book is presented in a four-color format, with more ancillaries and electronic extensions than previous versions.
The publisher notes the updates made to the book “reflects the changes in traditional genres of children’s books, which are being challenged and reworked in exciting ways.”
The authors have expanded the chapter on informational books, helping teachers select books that will help children understand the dynamics of book illustrations and read and understand informational books with confidence. This revision was made to help teachers meet the Common Core Standards.
Temple is the co-founder and director of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in association with the International Reading Association. Currently, he also volunteers for CODE, a Canadian literacy organization, helping produce indigenous children’s literature in Liberia, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. He received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. in curriculum studies and his Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. He also taught at the University of Houston-Victoria.
In the photo above, Temple tells stories to elementary students at West Street School in Geneva, N.Y.