2017 Fall LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children

Here it is! My (tentative-almost-final-subject-to-minor-tweaks) LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children reading list and Week 1 and Week 2 context reads for 2017 fall!

Week 1 ~ September 6 ~ Introduction & Publishing


  1. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon
    1. Nel, Phil. (2016 October 20). “How to read Harold.” Phil Nel: Nine Kinds of Pie blog. http://www.philnel.com/2016/10/20/how-to-read-harold/
  3. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway
    1. UMN CLRC online exhibit: http://gallery.lib.umn.edu/exhibits/show/balloons-over-broadway
    2. The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: http://gallery.lib.umn.edu/exhibits/show/pre-separated-art


  1. ALSC Education Committee. (2015). Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries.
    1. http://www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/alsccorecomps
  2. From Cover to Cover. Introduction and Chapter 1 “A Critical Approach to Children’s Books” and chapter 5 “Picture Books”
  3. Bang, Molly. Picture This! How Pictures Work (all)
  4. Bishop, Rudine. (1990 Summer). Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors. Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom 6 (3).
    1. https://www.psdschools.org/webfm/8559


  1. Online – Introduce yourself to the class by Tuesday, September 5. 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; 3) your twitter handle, if you have one.


Week 2 ~ Sept 13 ~ Popular Part I


  1. Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
  2. Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl


  1. From Cover to Cover. Chapter 3 “Traditional Literature”
  2. Low, Jason. (2016 January 26). Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results. The Open Book.
    1. http://blog.leeandlow.com/2016/01/26/where-is-the-diversity-in-publishing-the-2015-diversity-baseline-survey-results/


  1. TBD


NOTE: On Wednesday, September 27 poet and novelist Jacqueline Woodson will speak at Talking Volumes. We will not hold class that evening so students may attend this event (optional, as it requires a ticket). If you wish to attend, I highly encourage you to purchase a ticket ASAP. In place of class, we will have some sort of online class activity (TBD).

A-Z List of Texts

1. Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
2. Barton, Chris. Illustrated by Don Tate. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
3. Bell, CeCe. El Deafo
4. Brown, Monica. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Lola Levine is Not Mean!
5. Bryan, Ashley. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
6. Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road
7. Duetsch, Stacia. Girls Who Code Book #1 The Friendship Code
8. Edwards, Sue Bradford and Duchess Harris. Black Lives Matter (Special Reports)
9. Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
10. Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
11. Freedman, Russell. We Will Not be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler
12. Gino, Alex. George
13. Griffin, Molly Beth. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Rhoda’s Rock Hunt
14. Harris, Robie. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
15. Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl
16. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon
17. Jordan-Fenton, Christy and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. When I was Eight
18. Jung, Mike. Unidentified Suburban Object
19. Khan, Hena. Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
20. L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
21. Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out and Back Again
22. Milton, Stephanie. Minecraft: Essential Handbook
23. Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
24. Palacio, R.J. Wonder
25. Phi, Bao. Illustrated by Thi Bui. A Different Pond
26. Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
27. Rowling, J.K. Illustrated by Mary Granpré. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
28. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Jingle Dancer 
29. Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
30. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway
31. Tan, Susan. Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte. Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire
32. Tingle, Tim. How I Became a Ghost
33. Ursu, Anne. Breadcrumbs
34. Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer
35. Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming
36. Yang, Gene Luen and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders Book 1

1. Moana
2. Frozen
3. Wonder (optional)


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! 🙂