Young Adult Literature, Dolly Gray Children’s Lit Award
Worlds Awaiting - Season 1, Episode 35
- Oct 29, 2016 6:00 pm
- 28:36 mins
YA Literature (3:50) Of all the worlds awaiting our youth, dangerous worlds can pack the biggest wallop. Dangerous settings in fiction abound, because they make compelling stories. But just how dangerous should they be? BYU English professor, Jon Ostenson, talks to Rachel today on Worlds Awaiting about the popularity of fictional worlds of peril, dystopia, and apocalypse. Jon specializes in literature for teens and young adults. Having taught Junior High and High School English, he presently teaches courses in adolescent literature and publishes on the topic. The Dolly Gray Award (14:04) Next, Rachel visits with Tina Dyches, professor in the BYU School of Education, and founder and current chair of the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award. She talks to Rachel about creating this award that began with her desire to encourage better fictional depictions of young characters with disabilities. Dr. Tina Taylor Dyches has worked in the field of education for 30 years, as a special educator, professor, and administrator. Her scholarship has resulted in three books about using children’s literature that includes characters with special needs. A few previous winners and recommendations from Dr. Dyches: Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin My Brother Sammy by Becky Edwards My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peet and Ryan Elizabeth Peet BYU HAROLD B. LEE LIBRARY – SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Halloween Book Reviews (25:04) We finish up the show today with a great way to celebrate Halloween with your family. Margaret Neville, Children’s Book Buyer at the King’s English Bookstore in Salt Lake City, reviews two delightful Halloween Picture Books - The Hallo-wiener by Dave Pilkey and Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody by the late Rick Walton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick's family at this time.