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Children's Literature in the Classroom
Welcome to UVic Libraries! My name is Pia Russell, and I'm UVic's Education Librarian. Throughout this guide I have outlined resources held by UVic Libraries on a variety of special topics related to the use of children's literature in K-12 classrooms.
If you are looking for library resources related to literary theory and cultural studies approaches to children's literature, please consult the library guide titled: Children's Literature - Criticism, Interpretation, and History
Your course instructors are the best sources of information, ask them for their recommendations for useful introductory resources.
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The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database is a fantastic place to search for children's literature by reading level, category, or genre. UVic Libraries doesn't have every book included in the database, but we do have a lot. Once you find some books in CLCD, then search by title in the UVic catalogue.
Storybooks Canada is "a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools and communities."
Indigenous Storybooks is an open educational resource making levelled-texts available in Indigenous languages.
There are many resources available to teachers that provide guidance on how to critically and effectively evaluate children's literature and learning resources generally. Here are a few to get you started:
Age; gender roles, identity and sexual orientation; Indigenous peoples; multiculturalism; ability/disability; belief system; socio-economic; violence; ethical and legal; humour; safety; language.
If you are taking EDCI 330 in the January to April 2022 term, you will learn how to evaluate learning resources within the context of BC's curriculum. Here is a library tutorial on how to do this and how to find related resources within UVic Libraries' collection. By the end of this video, you will have been introduced to the following: