You asked for this one too! These are the books I’m teaching in Fall 2010 in my Library Materials for Children’s course. So far, Dr. Perry Nodelman, Dr. Debbie Reese, and Dr. Thomas Crisp have agreed to give guest lectures. I welcome your feedback.

Course Overview

Selection, evaluation and use of media for children in elementary schools and public libraries. Materials in curricular areas are studied along with an examination of the relationships of materials to developmental characteristics and individual differences of the child, to curriculum and recreation, to the exceptional child and to a multicultural society. 3 credits.

We will engage in a variety of teaching/learning methods to cover the course material, including but not limited to: lecture, small/large group discussions, independent and group projects, written and oral presentations.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To understand of the history of children’s literature;
  • To be familiar with a range of authors, works, genres and media;
  • To discuss, evaluate and promote children’s literature/resources;
  • To learn strategies for connecting young people with literature;
  • To identify and discuss literary and societal trends and issues (war, refugee, migration, class, gender, etc) affecting materials and work with youth in libraries and schools.

Reading List

Required Textbook: Nodelman, Perry, and Mavis Reimer. 2003. The Pleasures of Children’s Literature. 3rd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

  1. Banerjee, Anjali.  Maya Running.  Laurel Leaf Books, ISBN 978-0553494242.
  2. Cleary, Beverly.  Ramona and Her Father. HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0380709168. 
  3. Clements, Andrew.  The Landry News. Atheneum, ISBN 978-0689828683.
  4. Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963. Yearling, ISBN 978-0440414124.
  5. Dahl, Roald.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Puffin, ISBN 978-0142410318.
  6. Dia, Cha.  Dia’s Story Cloth. Lee & Low Books, ISBN 978-1880000632.
  7. Engle, Margarita.  The Surrender Tree. Square Fish, ISBN 978-0312608712.
  8. Epstein, Brad M.  University Of Illinois 101: My First Text-Board-Book. Michaelson Entertainment, 2004.  ISBN 978-1932530179.
  9. Erdrich, Louise.  The Birchbark House. Hyperion Books, 2002.  ISBN 978-0786814541.
  10. Freedman, Russell.  Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Holiday House, ISBN 978-0823421954.
  11. Gaiman, Neil.  The Graveyard Book. HarperCollins, 2008.  ISBN 978-0060530921. 
  12. Gonzalez, Lucia.  The Storyteller’s Candle. Children’s Book Press, ISBN 978-0892392223.
  13. Harris, Robie.  It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. Candlewick, ISBN 978-0763644840.  
  14. Herron, Carolivia.  Nappy Hair. Dragonfly Books, ISBN 978-0679894452.
  15. Hoffman, Mary.  Amazing Grace. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, ISBN 978-1845077495.
  16. L’Engle, Madeline.  A Wrinkle in Time. Square Fish Books,  ISBN 978-0312367541.
  17. Look, Lenore.  Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. Yearling, ISBN 978-0375849305.
  18. Lowry, Lois.  Number the Stars. Yearling, ISBN 978-0440403272.
  19. Mochizuki, Ken.  Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low Books, ISBN 978-1880000199.
  20. Montgomery. L.M.  Anne of Green Gables. Modern Library, ISBN 978-0812979039.
  21. Newman, Leslea.  Heather Has Two Mommies. Alyson Books, ISBN 978-1593501365.
  22. Richardson, Justin.  And Tango Makes Three. Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0689878459.
  23. Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Scholastic, ISBN 978-0590353427.
  24. Sachar, Louis.  Holes. Yearling, 2009.  ISBN 978-0440414803.
  25. Say, Allen.  Grandfather’s Journey. Sandpiper, ISBN 978-0547076805.
  26. Scieszka, Jon and Lane Smith.  The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Viking, ISBN 978-0670844876. 
  27. Shin, Sun Yung.  Cooper’s Lesson. Children’s Book Press, ISBN 978-0892391936.
  28. Sendak, Maurice.  Where the Wild Things Are. HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0064431781.
  29. Dr. Seuss.  The Cat in the Hat. Random House, ISBN 978-0717260591.
  30. Dr. Seuss.  Green Eggs and Ham. Random House, 978-0583324205.
  31. Dr. Seuss.  Horton Hear a Who. Random House, 978-0394800783.
  32. Silverstein, Shel.  Where the Sidewalk Ends. HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0060572341. 
  33. Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Jingle Dancer. HaperCollins, ISBN 978-0688162412.
  34. Sterling, Shirley.  My Name is Seepeetza. Groundwood Books, ISBN 978-0888991652. 
  35. Stead, Rebecca.  When You Reach Me. Wendy Lamb Books, ISBN 978-0385737425.
  36. Uchida, Yoshiko.  Journey to Topaz. Heyday Books, ISBN 978-1890771911.
  37. Viorst, Judith.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Atheneum, ISBN 978-0689711732.
  38. White, E.B.  Charlotte’s Web. HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0064410939.
  39. Wilder, Laura Ingalls.  Little House on the Prairie. HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0064400022.  
  40. Willems, Mo.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Hyperion, ISBN 978-0786819881.
  41. Willems, Mo.  There Is a Bird on Your Head (An Elephant and Piggie Book).  Hyperion, ISBN 978-1423106869.
  42. Williams, Karen Lynn and Khadra Mohammed.  My Name is Sangoel. Eerdmans Books, ISBN 978-0802853073.
  43. Young, Ed. Lon Po Po:  A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. Putnam, ISBN 978-0698113824.