The Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English advocates the centrality of literature for teaching children. We believe every teacher needs a wide and extensive knowledge base of books published for children and young adults.
It is a teacher's privilege and responsibility to help students discover the joy of reading, while they also teach students how to internalize the skills and strategies of fluent reading. This occurs through teacher modeling, reading aloud quality literature to the class, recommending books to children based on their individual interests, and through incorporating literature into teaching lessons and learning activities across the curriculum. Developing and expanding this knowledge of books is an ongoing endeavor.
The Children's Literature Assembly seeks the support of all entities engaged in the preparation and continuing education of teachers in the pursuit of this essential goal.