They always ask, so here it is! Specific readings for the first day of class, and a list of readings for the rest of the semester. Happy reading!

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.

Week 1 | Sept 10 | Introduction, Picture Books and Publishing

Readings 

Novels

  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
  • Montgomery. L.M.  Anne of Green Gables

Picture Books

  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
  • Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House.
  • Carle, Eric. Any picture book.

Assignments 

  • Bring in one of your favorite picture books and children’s novels from your childhood.  Be prepared to talk about why the books meant something to you or why you still remember them years later.  Pick books that are not on the syllabus.

For the remainder of the semester, in alphabetical order:

Textbook

  • Horning, Kathleen T. From Cover to Cover. Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books

Novels

  • Barrie, J.M.  Peter Pan  (read, watch, or listen to any version of Peter Pan/ Peter and Wendy)
  • Cleary, Beverly. Ramona and Her Father
  • Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
  • Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
  • Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Han, Jenny. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
  • Harris, Robie. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  • Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
  • Kent, Rose. Kimchi & Calamari
  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
  • Kurtz, Jane. The Storyteller’s Beads
  • Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
  • Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy-Tacy
  • Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars
  • Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Light in the Attic, OR Falling Up
  • Sterling, Shirley. My Name is Seepeetza
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz
  • Vanderpool, Clare. Moon Over Manifest.
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie
  • Wiles, Deborah. Countdown: A Novel.
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita . One Crazy Summer.

Picture Books

  • Alarcon, Francisco X. Poems to Dream Together/Poemas Para Sonar Juntos
  • Cha, Dia. Dia’s Story Cloth
  • Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham
  • González, Lucia. The Storyteller’s Candle
  • Herron, Carolivia. Nappy Hair
  • Levine, Arthur. Monday is One Day
  • Myers, Walter Dean. Jazz
  • Newman, Leslea. Heather Has Two Mommies
  • Pak, Soyung. Dear Juno
  • Richardson, Justin. And Tango Makes Three
  • Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. A Gift for Papá Diego
  • Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey
  • Scieszka, Jon and Lane Smith. The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer
  • Stead, Philip. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
  • Swanson, Susan Marie. The House In the Night
  • Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! and Can I Play Too?
  • Young, Ed. Lon Po Po
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