Written in a personable tone, this concise literature methods text is filled with classroom applications and teaching strategies for future teachers and parents of preschool and elementary children. Organized around genres, this student-friendly text presents the basic children's literature course content. Each genre chapter contains extensive up-to-date bibliographies — most with annotations — of books in print, and a few exceptional out-of-print books, and for each genre, there is a list of evaluation criteria. This exceptional textbook not only includes books about minorities in each chapter but it also features works by minority authors and illustrators. Uniquely, Elementary Children's Literature offers instructional and curriculum tie-ins that are woven within the text and in literature response boxes at strategic places in each chapter. Book illustrations are included at the beginning of each chapter as well as throughout the narrative.