Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Children's Literature

Guide to several aspects of children's literature, including award winning, multicultural, folklore, etc.

Awards

   

The GCC Library carries Caldecott winners and honor books; Newbery,  Printz, Sibert, Schneider, Batchelder, Stonewall, Greenaway and Pura Bulpre award winners; and Coretta Scott King award winners and honor books.  Books are located in the Juvenile collection and have pink labels.

 

 

Folklore

Image shows group of 6 childish fairies playing musical instruments in a mini-garden.
 
A folktale ​is a traditional narrative, usually anonymous, handed down orally - e.g., fables,fairy tales, legends, etc.
 

A fable is a brief story, usually with animal characters, including a moral or lesson (Example:  Aesop’s Fables).  Tricksters teach and learn lessons the hard way, making up for physical weakness with subversive jokes and tricks on unsuspecting victims.  (Coyote is probably the best known Southwest trickster; Anansi is well-known in African tradition.  Brer Rabbit shares many features of the African trickster stories).  And, Noodlehead stories are tales of good-hearted people who make lots of mistakes (Example:  Jack and the Beanstalk).  

Myths are stories that recount and explain the origins of the world and nature phenomena – sometimes called creation stories.  Legends are stories based on real or supposedly real individuals and their deeds.  A tall tale is a special kind of hero story because the heroes of tall tales are “larger than life.”  An exaggerated, unreliable story.  (Examples: Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill). 

Fairy tales are a subgenre of folk tales and almost always involve some element of magic and good triumphing over evil.   A good rule of thumb: if there's a fairy or other mystical/magical creature in the story, it's a fairy tale.   (Source: Oklahoma State University Library) 
 

Pourquoi tales offer folklore-type explanations for scientific phenomena or aspects of creation. An example is "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears." Pronounced por-kwa, it means "why" in French.

NOTE:  See Find Books/Media, in left sidebar,  for subcategory: Books at GCC - folklore. 
 
 

Multicultural

Image shows five children of different ethnicities.

 

Resources, suggested lists, and award-winning books: Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Mildred Batchelder.

NOTE:  See Find Books/Media in left sidebar, for subcategory: Books at GCC - Multicultural

Black Lives Matter Instructional Library Read-Alouds

Click on any of the picture books in this presentation to watch a video of the book being read aloud.

Ask a Librarian

Chat