Professional Development Series: Seminar by Mary Ann Hood
Professional Development Series
Green Reading: An Exploratory Analysis of Quality Children’s Literature
by Mary Ann Hood
Date: 13 April 2017 (Fri)
Time: 18:15 to 19:00 (Registration starts at 17:45)
Venue: Yew Chung Community College, 2/F Austin Plaza, 83 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
The seminar will be conducted in English.
In an attempt to explore the idea of “green” reading and the potential of picture story books in early childhood environmental education, an exploratory content analysis of medal-winning picture books was conducted. The analysis focused on these books in terms of their suitability to develop nature appreciation in pre-school children. According to analysis results, 20% of the books have a nature appreciation focus and are appropriate for pre-school children. As a result of the study, it is recommended that teachers and parents access Notable Book winners as a possible way to develop the first stages of environmental literacy in pre-school children. Future studies could explore the children’s responses to such books as a means of infusing an appreciation of nature in a positive and developmentally appropriate way.Teachers, practitioners, parents, and students who are interested in Early Childhood Education are welcomed to join.