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In LS5603: Literature for Children and Young Adults, Literacy Matters cohort students read and evaluated a variety of current books published for children and young adults. They selected works by various prominent authors in each of the major types and genres of literature for young people. Then they read and evaluated each book based on literary elements, appeal to children, and relevant educational uses. They consult professional review sources, note awards won, and suggest related activities appropriate for children. These reviews were posted on original blogs created by each student. Their blogs are public and accessible by the world at large. Even the authors of some of the books students have reviewed have contacted the students to comment on their reviews.


ALSC Competencies:

IV. Knowledge of Materials
1. Demonstrates a knowledge and appreciation of children’s literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, Websites and other electronic media, and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current, and relevant children’s collection.
2. Provides a wide and diverse variety of electronic resources, audiovisual materials, print materials, and other resource materials to best serve the needs of children and their caregivers.
3. Keeps abreast of new materials and those for retrospective purchase by consulting a wide variety of reviewing sources and publishers’ catalogs, including those of small presses, by attending professional meetings, and by reading, viewing, and listening.
7. Maintains a diverse collection, recognizing children’s need to see people like and unlike themselves in the materials they access.
8. Understands and applies criteria for evaluating the content and artistic merit of children’s materials in all genres and formats. 


Follow the link for the complete: Literature Blog assignment.


Sample Page: Please follow the directions on the sample page.


Links to Cohort Students' Work: Note: The name you will give your blog will go in the column next to your name. Please see the sample page for more information. Please do not link your blog to this page. We want our viewers to go to your blog page for more information. Thank you.


Elena Baeza
Reading with a Smile  Rolando Ramirez
Children's Books Rockin' Roland Reviewed 
Deborah Carter
Award-Winning Books  Anita Shaw
Early Childhood Literacy Book Reviews 
Luz Earley
La Luz Book Review Source  Mandy Sheffield
Early Reading Reviewed 
Mindy Enderle
Tales to Promote the Early Literacy Trail
Amy Stafford
Miss Amy Reads: Youth Literature Reviews 
Edgar Fuentes

The Early Literacy Engine

A. S.
Never Enough Books: For Parents/Educators 
A. G.
All the World is a Children's Book  Sabahat Vahidy
Best of Kids' Lit 
Kerol Harrod
Books to Read ALOUD! Janelle Valera
Contemplation Station: Janelle's Book Reviews 
Monica Nichols
Story Explore: Books for Families  Cindi Wynia

Cindi's World of Youth Literature 

Leah Oswald
Engaging Picture Books Blog  April Zuniga
Good Reads for Reluctant Readers




Association for Library Service to Children. 2009. Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Librarieshttp://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/alsccorecomps (accessed December 12, 2013).


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