2014 LIS7210 Library Materials for Children list

LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children
Instructor Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen
2014 Fall
St. Catherine University
MLIS Program

Most but not all of the books will be available through the St. Kate St. Paul bookstore. Therefore, I encourage you to look for them in local bookstores and libraries, just in case. You are responsible for planning ahead, acquiring and reading the books by the due dates.

Required Readings

  • Bang, Molly. (2000). Picture This! How Pictures Work. Chronicle Books.
  • Nel, Philip and Lissa Paul. (2011). Keywords in Children’s Literature. New York: New York University Press. (Denoted as Keywords throughout the syllabus.)

Optional Readings

  • Nodelman, Perry and Mavis Reimer. The Pleasures of Children’s Literature, 2nd Edition
  • Horning, Kathleen. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books

Required Children’s Texts (Listen to at least one of the books on audio and read at least one as an e-book)

  • Bascomb, Neal. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survives Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
  • Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Cha, Dia. Dia’s Story Cloth
  • Coy, John. Hoop Genius
  • Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog
  • Dahl, Roald. The Witches
  • DiCamillo. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
  • Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat
  • Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
  • Floca, Brian. Locomotive
  • Frasier, Debra. A Fabulous Fair Alphabet
  • Freedman, Russell. Who Was First? Discovering the Americas
  • Furgang, Kathy. National Geographic Kids: Everything Money: A Wealth of Facts, Photos, and Fun!
  • Harris, Robie. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  • Hesse, Karen. Letters from Rifka
  • Holm, Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Baby Mouse: Queen of the World!
  • Jeffers, Oliver. The Day the Crayons Quit
  • Kent, Rose. Kimchi & Calamari
  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Lai, Thanha. Inside Out and Back Again
  • Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking
  • Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy-Tacy
  • Lowry, Lois. The Giver
  • Manzano, Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
  • Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
  • Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Perrault, Charles. Little Red Riding Hood
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
  • Richardson, Justin. And Tango Makes Three
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Smith, Cynthia Leitich. The Jingle Dancer
  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
  • Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family
  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie
  • Willems, Mo. A Big Guy Took My Ball
  • Yee, Lisa. Warp Speed!

I’m posting here the readings for the first 3 weeks so you can get a head start:

Week 1 | Sept 10 | Introduction


  • Keywords. 3 Audience; 8 Childhood; 9 Children’s Literature; 13 Culture; 30 Literacy; 36 Picture Book; 42 Reading; 45 Story
  • Bang, Molly. Picture This! How Pictures Work (all)


  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web

Picture Book

  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are

Week 2 | Sept 17 | Publishing 



  • Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family

Picture Book

  • Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Week 3 | Sept 24 | Popular Children’s Literature



  • Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Picture Books

  • Willems, Mo. A Big Guy Took My Ball.
  • Jeffers, Oliver. The Day the Crayons Quit.

Happy reading! 🙂

CFP Orphanhood, Foster Care and Adoption in Youth Media (ChLAQ)

Call for Papers

Orphanhood, Foster Care and Adoption in Youth Media:
A Special Issue of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly
Edited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Lies Wesseling

Deadline: November 1, 2014

This special issue of ChLAQ will focus on the different ways in which orphanhood, foster care, and adoption have been depicted in media for youth past and present. We also aim to take perspectives from birth countries and birth parents into account. We invite papers that both extend and disrupt existing adoption discourses, including but not limited to:

– the cultural construction of “adoptability”: constructions of children in need (deserving/undeserving children); of birth parents, foster parents and adoptive parents (deserving/undeserving parents)
– presence/absence of birth parents and birth countries in Western stories of adoption and fostering
– the genres of orphan narratives: the sentimental novel and beyond
– adultism and the hidden adult in orphan narratives
– the (ab)uses of children’s literature as a socialization tool in raising and educating adoptees
– representations of intercountry adoption in birth countries
– the politics of belonging; intersectional perspectives on race, class, nation, gender and sexuality in orphanhood, foster care and adoption
– the adoptees write back: adoptees’ perspectives on the cultural construction of orphanhood and adoptability
– the impact of narratives and visual art (action art, intervention art, etc.) on adoption laws, policies, and practices

Papers should conform to the usual style of ChLAQ and be between 5,000-7,000 words in length. Queries and completed essays should be sent to Sarah Park Dahlen and Lies Wesseling (chlaq.adopt@gmail.com) by November 1, 2014. The selected articles will appear in ChLAQ in 2015.