Descripción o resumen: This book introduces students and teachers to English-language literature for children, and its role in promoting reading for pleasure and creating lifelong readers. The author focuses on a range of fiction relevant to the National Curriculum, and covers a variety of genres and features, including poetry, non-fiction, traditional stories, and picture books. Concepts and terminology are explained through an extensive range of examples. This revised edition includes - investigative activities and practical exercises for personal or classroom use - examples from world literature and work in translation highlighting the range of diverse material available for teaching inspiration - coverage of social, cultural and political reading practices to increase understanding of factors that influence children's reading experience - coverage of disability and equality issues to help inform teaching strategies that overcome barriers to learning This book is essential for students on PGCE, BEd and BA Education courses, or for teachers undertaking CPD in English, literacy or children's literature. It provides useful support material for language coordinators, students and mentors on school-based routes into teaching, and literacy consultants. It can be used to support distance-learning, as an aid to self-study, or as a course text.