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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 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
Chapter 2 Identity Themes

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Many of the picture books published in Canada between 2017 and 2019 contain themes related to identity. This corresponds with a heightened focus in Canadian elementary school curricula related to diversity and exceptionality. Thirty-two titles are summarized in the annotated bibliography of this chapter, with positive mes-sages about difference appearing in text and illustration.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 3 Places Near and Far

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A small but solid focus on themes of here and away appears in this chapter, celebrating interesting settings and comparing and contrasting various habitats through a range of fiction and non-fiction titles. The twenty-three books that are presented in the annotated bibliography demonstrate a range of time periods, locations, and characters across Canada and around the world.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 4 Traditional Tales and Modernised Folk Literature

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Most of the titles in this section offer traditional tales presented by Canadian Indigenous authors and illustrators from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cultures, while folk stories from other cultural backgrounds appear to a lesser extent. The annotated bibliography containing summaries of twenty-three books is divided into two sections: traditional tales, and modern tales based on traditional patterns.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 5 Dual Language Books

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Including additional languages alongside English in picture book format is a spec-tacular way to advance multilingual goals. Many titles here focus on Canadian In-digenous languages while others explore languages with origins around the world. Non-English words range from a carefully selected few to complete translations. Fourteen titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
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