Catch a star book! Responses of fifth-grade students to celebrity-authored children's literature

Amma Akrofi, Carole Janisch, Kathryn Button, Xiaoming Liu

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Abstract

Reader response theory and research on book interest underpinned a study of the appeal of celebrity-authored children's storybooks to elementary school students. We engaged fifth-grade students in selecting and reading from a set of 41 celebrity-authored books and completing reader response forms. Utilizing the survey research design and a combination of quantitative and qualitative procedures, we analyzed the students' responses. The data revealed that the students focused on how and the extent to which the contents of the books "spoke" to them rather than on the celebrity status of the authors. Implications are drawn for book selection criteria not only for children's reading but also for the literature that might be promoted in children's literature courses and reading courses in university settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-161
Number of pages20
JournalLiteracy Research and Instruction
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

Keywords

  • Book choice
  • Celebrities as authors
  • Children's literature
  • Reader interest
  • Reader response

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