Critical dialogue #2 - Selecting and Evaluating Children's Literature
I found this article very helpful in terms of how to choose quality literature. It also made me realize how important it is to have a wide range of books available that are diverse and gender sensitive. It is important to include books in your classroom library that have positive role models. The author suggests “boys should have the experience of reading about boys and men who are sensitive, caring, and nurturing, just as girls should be exposed to girls and women who are adventurous, courageous and risk takers”. These are issues I would have never really considered if I had not been exposed to the topics we have been in education 457.
The opinion the author states about mass market books is something I have been thinking about. The author states “there is no reason to have them in classrooms; children will most likely see them elsewhere” I wonder about the student who is very difficult to engage in reading? If they would read a SpongeBob book is this not better than reading nothing at all? I agree that mass market books should not be a huge portion of your classroom library but can they serve a purpose in the classroom?