Studying and Evaluating Children’s Literature

Perhaps to the adult mind, children’s literature is little more than a collection of colorful pictures but to the young reader, they could be the gateway to a world of imagination and creativity.

Perhaps more importantly, children’s literature must be evaluated because everything children hear or see during their formative years has the capacity to play a significant part in shaping their personality and stimulating cognitive development. In the process of evaluating children’s literature there are six criteria to look out for.


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    Firstly, the children’s curriculum of the study year must contain at least one book that holds the literature of the community. This can either be a novel or a book of poems. A novel is generally preferred as it helps the children develop the interest in the book.

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    Next the children should be asked to make regular summaries on the books chapters as this would help them widely in understanding the book that contains the literature.

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    Thirdly, the children should be given ample time on the matter so that their understanding of the chapters become better as they are slow learners. Slow learning is also beneficial to the cause as it actually is smart learning in the regard that the children will remember it in a better way than if they were rushed through the chapters.

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    The children should also be given animations and slideshows on the matter so that the learning process becomes more effective, as the colours added to the description will enhance learning.

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    Finally, the children should be asked to make shows and dramas on the novels or poems so that their interests in the literature pieces are high and this also accounts for a better understanding.

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