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In: The Negotiated Self
In: The Negotiated Self
A Critical Review for Educators, Librarians, Families, Researchers & Writers
This enriched reference guide offers a unique overview of more than 200 picture books published by Canadian publishing houses between 2017–2019. The authors cover key themes in contemporary Canadian titles that match broad curriculum trends in education. Response activities are included in the text, for example frameworks for critical literacy discussions, along with annotated bibliographies that specifically recognize titles by Indigenous authors and illustrators. The book also contains original interviews with a dozen rising stars in Canadian writing and book illustration. While the book is specifically geared for educators, it also supports public libraries, Education researchers, and future picture book creators, as well as families who are interested in learning more about reading development and related literacy activities for the home setting.
Chapter 6 Predictable Books

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The term predictable books refers to stories that contain repeated language or story patterns that encourage audiences, particularly young children, to chime in while a fluent reader presents the story aloud. They support rehearsal of vocabulary and syntax, and offer a scaffold as emergent readers progress towards independent reading. Twenty-nine titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 7 Our Living Earth

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Many titles in this volume represent respect for the natural world and interest in its many living things, and a sample of exemplary books are included in this chapter, fiction as well as non-fiction. A number of these speak to older audiences beyond the typical 4 – 8 age range often associated with picture books. Forty-eight titles are included in the annotated bibliography for this chapter.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 8 Newcomer Experiences

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Titles in this chapter range from contextualized stories about immigration to more general narratives about finding home in a new place. While numbers of books representing newcomer experiences are smaller than numbers related to other themes in this volume, the work presented here is particularly compelling in terms of both illustration and text. Ten titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 9 Older Characters

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One trend noted in research on contemporary Canadian picture books is the increase of older protagonists. This chapter presents titles with dynamic characters who represent aspects of the adult world. While many will engage young children, some will also interest older readers beyond the typical 4 – 8 age range, making this group of books particularly suitable for striving readers in intermediate grades and older learners acquiring English as an additional language. Twenty-two titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 13 Author and Illustrator Spotlight

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Twelve new and exemplary Canadian picture book writers and illustrators are in-terviewed here, illuminating their work on our current landscape of picture books in Canada.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 1 Introduction

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An introduction to why picture books are important, this chapter also explores their history in addition to descriptions of key picture book elements. Readers’ advisory in terms of awards’ lists accompanies background information regarding the research study underpinning this book.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books