Understanding Children's Books: a Parent's Guide
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Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2010
7" by 9"
For my thesis project, I chose to create a book about children’s literature directed towards parents; people who need guidance as to what books are good for their children to read and more generally understand what is being presented to their children when they read children’s books. Through my research of children’s books I discovered that while there are lots of books that provide parents with extensive lists of “good” children’s books, these sources do not provide parents with criteria for determining what constitutes a good book for a child, and they do not highlight the visual language of the books. The goal for my project was to create a guide for children’s books that fulfills this criteria. My project informs parents of what goes into a good children’s book, giving them the tools to be able to evaluate books for themselves and choose books that their children will enjoy and flourish from. The book is broken into three sections. The first is the introduction, which establishes criteria for determining quality; the second is the theme section, which categorizes types of literature; and the final section addresses the visual language of the books.