A new book co-authored by Professor of Education Charles Temple, “Children’s Books in Children’s Hands: An Introduction to Their Literature,” (Allyn & Bacon, 2011) was published this month. The text provides future teachers with practical ideas for sharing literature with children.
“In this text, the authors show how effective teaching with children’s literature involves three roles: the critic, who understands how literature works and how children respond to literature; the resourceful teacher, who is familiar with a wide range of good books for children; and the literacy activist, who guides students into books and helps them enjoy the experience,” says the publisher. “Through a wide variety of practical applications, unique pedagogical features, and outstanding teacher and student supplements, the authors provide just what students need to learn how to share literature with children.”
Temple co-authored “Children’s Books” with Miriam Martinez, a teacher educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Junko Yokota, a professor and director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books at National-Louis University in Chicago.
Also released this month was the third edition of a book for K-8 teachers, “All Children Read.” The book was co-authored by Temple, Donna Ogle, professor of Education at National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois; Alan N. Crawford, Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Los Angeles; and Penny Freppon, professor of education at the University of Cincinnati. This edition increases its emphasis on critical thinking, English language learners, assessment, the integration of curriculum across the content areas, and response to intervention. According to the publisher, “Central to the book are the six overriding themes–the struggling reader, family/community literacy; new literacies; writing and reading connections; developmental, cultural, and linguistic diversity; and phonics/phonological awareness–interwoven throughout this text.”
A member of the HWS faculty since 1982, Temple holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia. In 2005, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award that helped fund his sabbatical in Romania, where he helped two universities in Cluj-the nation’s third-largest city-improve teaching and change curriculum.
In addition to his teaching duties at Hobart and William Smith, Temple co-founded the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in 1997. Promoting concepts and methods for active learning, RWCT has helped more than two million students in 32 countries become more active and engaged classroom learners. As director of RWCT, Temple travels around the globe helping teachers learn the skills necessary to teach their students to be critical thinkers.