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Moral and Ethical Development and Issues in Children’s Literature Kassandra Sams ENG/295 November 26, 2018 Karen Lawler
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Moral and Ethical Development and Issues in Children’s Literature Children today have many books to choose from when visiting a library or bookstore. Different books offer different things from moral values and lessons to stories that spark imagination and creativeness. They also help children in developing language skills. In school, it is important for teachers to use a largely diverse selection of children’s literature in the classroom. This literature can open doors to deeper discussion topics that are important in a child’s development and growth. Perkins (2009) states, "Our calling as educators and authors is to pay attention, both to the young people we serve and to the books they're reading, and to ask questions with them. Great stories, like their human counterparts, are beautiful yet flawed, and discussing them in community can strengthen their power to enlighten, inspire, and let justice roll down" (pg.32). By asking questions, teachers can open the minds of their students to look at the literature deeper to gain an understanding of what the authors purpose is in the story and the characters. Developing imagination at a young age is important and children’s literature helps shape imagination in children today. Some books can offer a look into the lives of others, whether it be real or make believe, that can help children develop socially. Kiefer and Tyson (2014) state that, "Realistic fiction may be defined as imaginative writing that accurately reflects life as it was lived in the past or could be lived today" (p. 201). There are many books available to children
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