Radical change : books for youth in a digital age

by Dresang, Eliza T.

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - District Services Professional Collection PN1009.5.T43 D74 1999
Location  CLP - District Services
Collection  Professional Collection
Call Number  PN1009.5.T43 D74 1999
This award winner shows how printed books are changing in step with positive developments in the digital world, and how librarians, teachers, and parents can recognize and appreciate good books for youth that: Break barriers with accurate presentations of material previously unavailable in children's literature. Create connections for and among young people. Use digital design to open the way for a new kind of reading and understanding, with sophisticated graphics and multi-layered, nonlinear stories and information.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Defining radical change as meaning "fundamental change, departing from the usual or traditional in literature for youth, although still related to it," Dresang goes on to apply the term "to texts that are generally regarded as `literature' for children or young adults." The result is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at YA and children's contemporary literature that shows how "handheld" books are changing in today's digital world. She identifies three types of radical change: changing forms and formats (graphics in new forms and formats, nonlinear organization, etc.), changing perspectives (multiple perspectives, etc.), and changing boundaries (previously forbidden subjects and overlooked settings, etc). She addresses how today's youth, the Net Generation, thinks and learns; the types of handheld books they are reading; their access to the digital world (and how protective adults try to deny them access). She provides specific examples, explored in depth; and each chapter closes with valuable lists: one of books for youth, the other, professional resources. Dresang has honed her ideas over a number of years, presenting concepts in speeches and articles. This is a handsome book, with well-spaced text and sidebars that extend the text. Professionals who work with youth will come away from this with a new understanding of contemporary youth literature and how to evaluate it. --Sally Estes"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Children's literature -- History and criticism.
Youth -- Books and reading.
Literature and technology.
Technology in literature.
Children's literature -- Publishing -- Technological innovations.
Publisher New York :H.W. Wilson Co.,1999
Language English
Description xxiv, 344 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0824209532 (alk. paper)
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