Children's Literature in Canadian Commercial Reading Programs

Linda M. Phillips, Marion R. Leithead, Martha L. Smith
2002 Canadian Journal of Education  
In this study we analyzed the use of children's literature in three widely used commercially published and literature-based reading programs for grades 1 to 6. On average, 37% of the literature selections had been previously published, with a range by publisher of 4% to 55%. These percentages are noticeably lower than those reported for American programs published about the same time. The publishers changed the selections from their original trade book publication in two key areas: text content
more » ... areas: text content and illustrations. The changes frequently altered the intent, content, and meaning of the selections, and in some cases rendered the stories incomprehensible.
doi:10.2307/1602222 fatcat:vflmghmip5aehkenjpkrf6gst4