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Meeting Children's Needs with Quality Literature: Part Two

Meeting Children's Needs with Quality Literature: Part Two Early Childhood Education Journal, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2001 Books for Children Pauline Davey Zeece, Department Editor INTRODUCTION In the ninth edition of Children and Books, Sutherland (1996) noted a continuing recognition of the importance of using literature that reflects the basic needs of children. Several of these needs were presented in a previous column; the remaining three are contained within this article: the need to change, the need to know, and the need for beauty and order. Sutherland reminds those who work with young children that despite social change, certain basic needs seem to be common to most people and most times. The direction these needs take is inextricably tied to the interactions and experiences children have during the early childhood years. Wisely selected, developmentally appropriate books provide a vehicle by which children learn how to maintain a delicate balance between personal agendas and well being and social approval. According to Sutherland, books may “directly or indirectly . . . help (children), particularly if they are written by sensitive, thoughtful adults who are percipient observers of children and who remember their own childhoods vividly” (p.16). Below are literature resources that help children better understand themselves and others http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early Childhood Education Journal Springer Journals
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