This resource provides teachers, librarians, parents, and others who work with children with an annotated bibliography of children's books that contain characters who display positive values as they relate to others. These stories will help children build associations related to their family values, help them understand the importance of the way values support a family, and recognize how values help overcome certain obstacles. A feature of this volume is the inclusion of sample activities and lessons related to the books in the bibliography. Educators and parents can use the activities as Dr. Roberts presents them, or they can use them as starting points for their own activities and lessons. The activities extend the literature by providing thought-provoking exercises and topics for discussion. They reinforce the sometimes subtle presentation of moral qualities by focussing the student's attention on the decision and actions that express them. Parents and educators, including home schooling parents and instructors in religious settings, will benefit from this helpful resource.
Patricia L. Roberts is professor emeritus of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She is the author of Alphabet: A Handbook of ABC Books, 2nd Edition and Book Extensions for the Elementary Classroom (Scarecrow, 1994), Taking Humor Seriously in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 1997), Multicultural Friendship Stories and Activities for Children's Ages 5-14(Scarecrow 1998) and over twenty other teaching resources.