2016 LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children List

LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children

Instructor Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen
2016 Fall
St. Catherine University
Master of Library and Information Science Program

Course Description

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 cr.

Reading/Viewing List (as of May 2, 2016)

  1. Alexander, Kwame. Booked
  2. Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. Anna Hibiscus. 
  3. Bascomb, Neal. Nazi Hunters
  4. Bell, CeCe (written and illustrated). El Deafo
  5. Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War That Saved My Life (print or audio)
  6. Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (any edition, version, etc).
  7. Coy, John. Photographs by Wing Young Huie. Their Great Gift
  8. de la Peña, Matt. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Last Stop on Market Street
  9. Diggs, Taye. Illustrated by Shane Evans. Mixed Me!
  10. Dr. Seuss (written and illustrated). Horton Hears a Who
  11. Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind
  12. Edwards, Sue Bradford and Duchess Harris. Black Lives Matter (Special Reports)
  13. Elliott, Zetta. Illustrated by Charity Russell. Let the Faithful Come
  14. Engle, Margarita. Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
  15. Erdrich, Louise (written and illustrated). The Birchbark House
  16. Frozen (the movie)
  17. Harris, Robie. Illustrated by Michael Emberly. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  18. Gino, Alex. George
  19. Jung, Mike. Unidentified Suburban Object
  20. Kent, Rose. Kimchi & Calamari
  21. Kibuishi, Kazu (written and illustrated) Amulet: The Stonekeeper
  22. Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  23. Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  24. Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking (any edition, version, etc.)
  25. Lovelace, Maud Hart. Illustrated by Lois Lenski. Betsy-Tacy (book 1)
  26. Milton, Stephanie, Paul Soares Jr., and Jordan Maron. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
  27. Morales, Yuyi (written and illustrated). Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
  28. Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
  29. Rowling, J.K. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
  30. Sendak, Maurice (written and illustrated). Where the Wild Things Are
  31. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Jingle Dancer
  32. Sweet, Melissa (written and illustrated). Balloons Over Broadway
  33. Tate, Don (written and illustrated). Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
  34. Telgemeier, Raina (written and illustrated). Smile
  35. Tingle, Tim. How I Became a Ghost
  36. Tonatiuh, Duncan (written and illustrated). Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
  37. White, E.B. Illustrated by Garth Williams Charlotte’s Web
  38. Willems, Mo. Any picture book
  39. Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer
  40. Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming
  41. Yang, Gene Luen and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders books 1 and 2 Paths and Portals
  42. Yee, Lisa. Wonder Woman at Super Hero High
  43. Yoo, Paula. Illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez. Lily’s New Home
  44. Any American Girl book
  45. Any book from this list: http://www.advocate.com/books/2016/1/29/21-lgbt-picture-books-every-kid-should-read
  46. Any movie from this list: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-movies-all-kids-should-watch-before-theyre-12

Required Textbooks

  1. Bang, Molly. (2000). Picture This! How Pictures Work. Chronicle Books.
  2. Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. HarperCollins.

Readings and Assignments for the First Two Weeks of Class

Week 1 ~ Sept 13 ~ Introduction & Publishing

Guest speaker: We will meet at 6:00 pm in CdC 17 for class and then attend the Zetta Elliott panel “Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The Case for Community-Based Publishing” at 7:00 pm. Location TBD.


  1. ALSC Education Committee. (2015). Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries.
  2. From Cover to Cover. Introduction and Chapter 1 “A Critical Approach to Children’s Books”
  3. Elliott, Zetta. (2009 September 5). Something Like an Open Letter to the Children’s Publishing Industry. Zetta Elliott Blog.
    – http://zettaelliott.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/something-like-an-open-letter-to-the-children%E2%80%99s-publishing-industry/
  4. Atkins, Laura. (2010). White Privilege and Children’s Publishing: A Web 2.0 Case Study. Write4Children 1(2). Winchester University Press.
  5. Elliott, Zetta. (2011 May 25). “Breaking Down Doors: My Self Publishing Story.” Huffington Post.
    – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zetta-elliott/breaking-down-doors-my-se_b_473336.html
  6. Low, Jason. (2016 January 26). “Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results.”
    – http://blog.leeandlow.com/2016/01/26/where-is-the-diversity-in-publishing-the-2015-diversity-baseline-survey-results/
  7. Elliott, Zetta. (2016 February 1). “How It Feels to be Self Published Me.” Publishers Weekly.
  8. Elliott. (2016 April 5). “What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? Self-Publishing as a Black Feminist Act of Radical Self-Care.” Huffington Post Books.
    – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zetta-elliott/whats-love-got-to-do-with_12_b_9616286.html

Picture Books

  1. Elliott, Zetta. Let the Faithful Come.
  2. Any other book(s) by Zetta Elliott – read and bring to class.


  1. White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
    – Garth Williams in the Kerlan Collection: http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/CLRC-1656.xml

Assignments Due

D2L Discussion board – Introduce yourself to the class by Monday, September 12. Share 1) what your interest is in taking the class, 2) what you hope to get out of it. Refer to the ALSC competencies, when necessary.

Week 2 ~ Sept 20 ~ Publishing & Classics


  1. From Cover to Cover. Chapter 3 “Traditional Literature” and chapter 5 “Picture Books”
  2. Bang, Molly. Picture This! How Pictures Work (all)
  3. Nodelman, Perry. (1992). The Other: Orientalism, Colonialism, and Children’s Literature. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 17, 29-35.


  1. Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  2. Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking

Picture Books

  1. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway
    – UMN CLRC online exhibit: http://gallery.lib.umn.edu/exhibits/show/balloons-over-broadway
  2. Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
    – Maurice Sendak in the Kerlan Collection:  http://special.lib.umn.edu/findaid/xml/CLRC-69.xml

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