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The elementary teacher may well ask why teach children's literature when each day's schedule is already crowded with mathematics, reading, spelling, English, science, social studies, physical education, art, music, values, career awareness, and all subjects that come under these broad headings. This article will suggest some ways that children's literature can be used in the elementary curriculum to achieve reading goals that improve on traditional reading programs. Children's literature in no way replaces these programs, rather, it extends and enriches the reading curriculum while encouraging positive reading attitudes.

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