Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

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Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

Written by Tom Durwood

All Ages | 220 Pages

Publisher: Empire Studies Press | ISBN-13: 9781952520044

Publisher’s Synopsis: We are surrounded by narratives, in fiction and in our everyday lives. In this colorful collection of ideas, the author argues that understanding the components of our favorite children’s stories can lead to a lifetime of critical thinking.

Beginning with the elements of the universal coming-of-age narrative, “Kid Lit” shows young readers and general readers alike how to recognize story structure, class, gender, symbolism, trauma and Orientalism in children’s narratives.

Of value to all teachers, students, librarians, readers, literature lovers, and moviegoers.

“Tom Durwood is the best English instructor I have seen in my thirty-two years of teaching.” —Professor Patrick Murray, Valley Forge Military College

Kid Lit cover

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Tom Durwood

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history.  Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as a guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.

Tom is editor of an online scholarly journal, The Journal of Empire Studies (www.empirestudies.org). Peter Suber, Berkman Fellow at Harvard University, an advocate of the open access movement, praises the journal as “a new opportunity for overcoming access barriers to knowledge and research.”  Dr. Julian Fisher of Scholarly Exchange has also applauded Tom’s efforts. “Creating valuable academic content and then hiding it behind financial firewalls – the traditional scholarly publishing model – runs counter to the essence of scholarship, learning and sharing,” according to Fisher. “To see a journal such as the Journal of Empire Studies breaking that mold is exciting.”

Tom’s newspaper column “Shelter” appeared in the North County Times for seven years. Tom earned a Masters in English Literature in San Diego, where he also served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard, where he edited an undergraduate arts journal and studied with David McClelland (Roots of Consciousness).  

For more information, teacher resources, and lesson plans, visit www.kidlitcrit.com.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, June 29, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-OffKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism
Wednesday, June 30, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism
Thursday, July 1, 2021Comfy Chair BooksA book review ofKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism
Friday, July 2, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withTom Durwood
Monday, July 5, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism
Tuesday, July 6, 2021Shooting Stars MagA book review ofKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism
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Monday, July 12, 2021Over Coffee ConversationA guest article fromTom Durwood
Tuesday, July 13, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofKid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

My Review

Tom Durwood is a masterful teacher, keeping us interested and entertained in his new ebook, Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism. As an educator, books that teach theory are some of my favorites. Not being a specialist in literary criticism or literature in general, I love how he went back to the basics. Every term imaginable is explained in a way beginners can understand.

I’m sure his students have loved his classes, because he takes things that are complex and makes them simple and understandable. This Introduction to Literary Criticism is not a dry textbook at all. Each chapter is filled with explanations and tons of real-book examples that we can all relate to.

I learned so much in this book! The inclusion of movies as literature was totally new to me and I was facinated with all the Star Wars information. The author researched to bring the reader vast amounts of knowledge, but also made it fun!

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism!

Ten (10) winners receive:

  • A digital copy of Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

The giveaway begins June 29, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends July 29, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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1 Comment

  1. I want to win this to teach my daughter how to review books with a critical eye.

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