"Popular" vs. "Award-Winning" literature for children

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Education
Department Elementary Education
Faculty Mentor Lauren Aimonette Liang
Creator Jorgensen, Mercedes
Title "Popular" vs. "Award-Winning" literature for children
Date 2016-03
Description As the field of children's literature has grown and volved over the past several years, an increasing number of awards have emerged to recognize quality children's books. The award lists are developed by committees of adults, but previous research (Lehman, 1991; Nilsen, Peterson & Searfoss, 1980; Ujiie & Krashen, 2002) has shown evidence of a large gap between adult and child preferences in literature. This study seeks to gain an updated picture of the discrepancies between adult- selected "award-winning" literature and literature that is "popular" with children, particularly given the appearance of new awards aimed more at specific age groups and formats. Books from the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Sibert Medal, and Geisel Award lists from 2010 to 2014 were examined and coded based on several characteristics and compared to top selections on the International Literacy Association's "Children's Choices" Award lists for the same years, in order to determine crossover and differences in adult and child literature preference. The study examined differences in genre, major topic, and other structural characteristics of books between the two general types of awards. In addition, the study looked at possible differences that relate to diversity as there has not been an examination of its presence in child -selected awards in particular, nor consideration of how it may differ from diversity present in adult-selected awards. The results of this study suggest that children and adults continue to express different preferences in their selection of literature, in both literary characteristics and formats. Differences exist for both literary characteristics (tone, genre and protagonist characteristics) and formats (series and type).
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Children - Books and reading; Children's literature - Study and teaching
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Mercedes Lyn Jorgensen
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 25,039 bytes
Identifier honors/id/25
Permissions Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64f5k6v
ARK ark:/87278/s6c56w2k
Setname ir_htoa
Date Created 2016-06-27
Date Modified 2018-10-30
ID 205677
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6c56w2k
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