Childrens Literature: Discovery for a Lifetime is an indispensable tool that teachers, librarians, and parents can use to create and foster childrens interest in books. The authors concisely illuminate the highest quality of childrens literature, choosing titles that will captivate children and promote a lifetime of reading. The fourth edition of this popular text now features: NEW! Classroom snapshots that provide concrete examples of teachers promoting cognitive development with literature. NEW! Emphasis on graphic novels and manga across several chapters. NEW! A chapter dedicated to exploring sensitive and contemporary issues in childrens literature. Readers will also be able to: Explore wide-ranging examples of current and classic literature in all genrespicture books, poetry, traditional literature, modern fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction booksto understand, select and evaluate childrens literature. Review extensive lists of literature references and recommended childrens books by descriptors, genre designations, grade levels, publisher, and copyright information. Stimulate reading and an exploration of childrens literature withpractical Classroom Activities that arealigned with the IRA and NCTE standards. Focus on multicultural literature, illustrating the need to choose books that reflect the voices of many cultural groups and that foster an understanding, appreciation, and respect for our diverse society. Engage children in author and illustrator studies with great models described in Biographical Profiles. Learn how to develop childrens social and cultural consciousness by exploring literature-based units that cut across cultures in the Unit Studies chapter.Barbara D. Stoodt-Hill is the author of 'Children's Literature: Discovery for a Lifetime (4th Edition)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780131589391 and ISBN 0131589393.