Children's Literature in the Reading Program
So Many Books—How Do I Choose?
Colleen P. Gilrane
Children's literature in the reading program is a fabulous idea! But how do you choose which books to include? The answer, of course, depends on your instructional purposes. In this chapter, the overwhelming purpose for book choice will be children's interest—and we will move on from there to discus books that not only engage children but also are found to be useful by their teachers. No matter how relevant to our curriculum a book's content is, if the kids won't read it, it's just not part of the reading program. A list of books that have been selected as Children's Choices and Teachers' Choices—and selected by other content area experts—since 1989 is included, along with teaching suggestions.
Gilrane, C.P. (2009).
So Many Books—How Do I Choose?.
In D.A. Wooten, & B.E. Cullinan (Eds.), Children's Literature in the Reading Program (pp. 130-140). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.