Children’s Literature in the People’s Republic of China: Its Purposes and Genres

  • Belinda Yun-Ying Louie
  • Douglas H. Louie

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to describe and analyze contemporary children’s literature in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Children’s literature in the PRC has grown rapidly during the last two decades. With increased quantity and improved quality in children’s books, literature for children is earning acceptance and respect from parents and teachers. Currently, publishers, authors, and illustrators share a strong and unified educational mission regarding children’s literature: to transfer cultural heritage, to establish moral values, to sharpen thinking skills, to expand the knowledge horizon, and to enhance language development. In this chapter we describe four major genres of children’s literature (traditional tales, realistic stories, informational books, and poetry) and examine how they fulfill their intended goals.

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Children’s literature genre 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Belinda Yun-Ying Louie
    • 1
  • Douglas H. Louie
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WashingtonTacoma

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