Over a wide range of health-related topics, the authors provide direction for educators, health professionals, librarians, and parents in search of children's literature that addresses the health concerns, needs, and problems of children in kindergarten through 8th grade. They describe many appealing trade books that can offer children help and guidance to lifestyle factors and health behaviors that influence their emotional, physical, and social well-being. Extensive annotated bibliographies focus on various types of multicultural literature that speak to children about family life nutrition, relationships, sexuality, gender, disease prevention, self-concept, drug use and abuse, community health problems, and many other developmentally appropriate health promotion issues. With lists, resources, and indexes.
Cynthia Wolford Symons (EdD, Penn State University), Associate Professor of health education at Kent State, has received several awards for teaching. Her publications and presentations focus on the development of comprehensive school health programs, and she is extensively involved in local school distract consulting. Anthony L. Manna (PhD, University of Iowa) is Associate Professor of literature and English education at Kent State University and an adjunct instructor at the NEH-sponsored Institute for Humanities and Medicine, Notheastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine/Hiram College. A recipient of Kent State's Distinguished Teaching Award, he has published extensively on literature, educational drama, and the relationship between health and the humanities.