Children’s Literature Evaluation Matrix

Children’s Literature Evaluation Matrix

Educators must be strategic in the texts they select for students. Therefore, educators must have a strong foundational knowledge of literature. Understanding how texts have changed over time will enable teachers to use careful thought and consideration when planning lessons.

Conduct an analysis of children’s literature written in both current and past generations. Complete the “Children’s Literature Evaluation Matrix” by selecting one Caldecott Medal and one Newbery Medal winner or honoree from each of two time periods: Caldecott winners or honorees 1938-1945 and 1998-2018; Newbery winners or honorees 1922-1945 and 2014-2017.

In addition to the matrix, include a 250-500 word analysis comparing the eras during which the stories were written.While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

Children’s Literature Evaluation Matrix

Award Caldecott
Title, Author, and Publication Date        
Lexile Score        
Major Themes        
Plot summary

(2-3 sentences)

Analysis of Illustrations (if applicable)        
Overall Message of the Book        
Historical Significance of the Book        

 Write a 250-500 word analysis comparing the eras during which the stories were written. Include the following:

  • What themes are similar or different between the generations?
  • What are the social, historical, and cultural values are exemplified in the books, and how do they differ between the eras?
  • What literary elements differ among generations? What are the same?
  • What is the purpose of including older literature in classroom instruction?
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