I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism Book Tour & Giveaway, hosted by The Children’s Book Review. Check out my review below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!
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.
Beginningwith 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
This book has really been an eye opener for me. Not only does Tom show you how to break down children’s stories, and get you critically thinking about them, but expands this same knowledge into movies and games. Before reading this book I never really noticed the similarities between The Hobbit and Kung Fu Panda. Whether you are a teacher, a parent or just someone who’s really passionate about kid lit – you’ve got to check this book out. There are also exercises in the back to practice with kids or even yourself. I know I’ll be trying to do a few “assignments” to see how far my critical thinking goes. This is written in text book format with beautiful illustrations throughout, making it easy to go back and reference. Great book!!
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’sefforts. “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
Enter for a chance to win a copy of KidLit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism!
Ten (🔟) 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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Have a great day!!