Criteria for Evaluating Children Books

general criteria
-plot
-theme
-characterization
-point of view
-setting
-style
-format

plot
-series of selected action of characters in a particular setting to revel a theme
-usually 1st thing kids ask about
-children more interested in action not description (litter house on perie is exception)

theme
-author intent or message
-what th author wants kid to think about after reading the book
-textless/wordless books (for parents who chant read they are great opportunity for them to read w child) – ie the arrival for older kids, also great for writing prompts
-criticism = authors are writing children books not ment for children but for adults ( on the places youill go by Dr S) – keep eye out for authors who miss audience

characterization
-flat character = folk tales (one upon a time there was a wicked witch) dont know much about character
-round characters = author tells you everything about character multifaceted lives and breaths off the page

how they develop characters in books
-physical attributes and actions
-describing how they dress
-the way they talk
-person to animal/animal to person relationship (boy barks every time they see character = bad)
-animal and child reaction to character reveals/creates character (baby cries = bad character)

point of view
-typically 1 or 3
-1= everything told thorough eyes of 1 character ( i, we…) – many childrens books causes publishers believe it gives greater empathetic view and create quicker bond btw child and character
-3 = camera pans down and an omniscient narrator describes room (everyones thoughts)

setting
-time and place
-most important with historical fiction genre

style
-authors selection and arrangement of works – how he she puts sentences together
-time of wonder by Robert mcClosky

format
-everything physical about book (binding, size or print, paper quality)
-books are entertaining and format allows kids to make the connection btw the two

picture books
-logical step up form participation books
-aimed at kids not yet about to read bu just about ready to learning and at kids who have just cracked to code

types of picture books
-alphabet books
-counting books
-concepts books

alphabet books evaluation criteria
– only 1-2 objects per page
-object pictured easily identifiable and meaningful to kid
-avoid objects w more then i correct name
-object pictured should only used common letter sound
-should shw bother upper and lower case letters

counting books evaluation criteria
-objects to be counted stand out clearly on page
-# of objects sown consistent w # itself

concept books evaluation criteria
-aims at preschool deals with abstract
-concept being taught with in grasp of child
-no more then 2 concepts in books that need to be repeated

picture story books
-ultimate goal is the integration and fusion of text and picture into one creative product
-good representation = McCloskey and Sendak
-magic of the art is how they play off each other to tell the story

picture story book vs illustrated books
-illustrated book = pictures decorate page want kids to turn pages quickly and pics take up space

criteria for good picture storybooks
-works of fiction
-something significant said to child (theme)
-can a child who cant read tell the general story line by illustrations
-pictures help create the mood
-pictures help develop character
-picture should be accurate and consistent with text (Madeline has # error)
-is audience for who its intended understood and respected? (one morning in main example)
-picture should be on same pg or the facing pg of the text it illustrates
-artists use of color
-attractive dust jacket
-attractive end papers (just white – one color – multiple color – pictures)
-pictures sized and spaced differently to dispel monotony