Children's Literature

Mrs. Ballard's Classroom Newsletter

What is children's literature? Why is it important for reading & writing?

The genres of children's literature includes traditional literature, poetry, fantasy and science fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biographies, informational books, picture books. Books should be picked based upon its quality. The main character, emotions, and experiences should relate to your student. The book should open up new possibilities for the reader. The pictures should be engaging. The books for older readers should be very descriptive with plenty of dialogue. Reading different types of good literature can benefit the reader/student. It can provide them with understanding of the world around them. It develops imagination, curiosity, and problem solving. They develop insight about human behavior, motivations, relationships, empathy, compassion, emotions, and experiences. Students are also able to view other cultures.

How do students learn literature?

A child who is not ready developmentally for a particular book will take away less meaning from it and will respond to it differently. It's important to pick out books that are pleasurable for the reader and that are on their level. If a student is uninterested, distracted, or has a difficulty reading a text, they won't be engaged in the text. They may read the words on the page, but it won't come to life. Find books that your child finds interesting! Find out if your student enjoys narrative (there are characters in the story with a problem who find out a solution) or informational text. Take your child to the library and let them pick out their own book based on what they find interesting. Help them think of topics they would enjoy and have them pick based upon a topic. If you need help, ask a librarian!

How can you help your student?

  • Have them read! If students read more, they will read and write better.
  • Help them find books they are interested in at the library.
  • Read aloud to them (use expressions, hand gestures, facial expressions, silly voices).
  • Help your student find a book club to get involved with.
  • I want your student to always have an exciting book in their hands so help me to make sure they are bringing back their library books to get a new one on library day.

Types of literature

Helping All Kinds of Readers

Using Technology and Other Methods

CD-ROM books and e-books are available! Check out this website:

http://www.storylineonline.net/ It's great to get your student to enjoy reading. Books written in other languages such as Spanish which are translated into English are FUN. Help your student find these books and have them read to you in both languages.