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The Twin Cities will be hosting award-winning author, academic, and activist Zetta Elliott from Tuesday, September 13 to Saturday, September 17, 2016, for a series of panels, and school and library visits. The following events are free and open to the public.

A Week with Zetta Elliott – Events

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Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The Case for Community-Based Publishing

Hosted by the St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program and its American Library Association Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild, and Student Governance Organization & Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen
Tuesday September 13 @ 7:00 pm
St. Catherine University – Mendel 106
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576818495957311/
Flyer: ZettaElliott-StKatesMLISProgram-Flyer

Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The Case for Community-Based Publishing

Hosted by Ancestry Books & the Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy
Friday, September 16 @ 10:00 am
Lucy Laney Elementary
3333 Penn Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facebook (please RSVP): https://www.facebook.com/events/187857264966279/

Zetta Elliott Reading & Panel Discussion on Elevating Absent Narratives

Saturday, September 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Loft Literary Center
1011 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/312269269124828/

Zetta will also conduct workshops with Juxtaposition Arts and visit with students at Lucy Laney Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School, Gordon Parks High School, Vadnais Heights Elementary School, and Maplewood Middle School.

Reading List

  1. Zetta Elliott’s books: http://www.zettaelliott.com/books/
  2. Elliott, Zetta. (2009 September 5). Something Like an Open Letter to the Children’s Publishing Industry. Zetta Elliott Blog.
  3. Atkins, Laura. (2010). White Privilege and Children’s Publishing: A Web 2.0 Case Study. Write4Children 1(2). Winchester University Press.
  4. Elliott, Zetta. (2011 May 25). Breaking Down Doors: My Self Publishing Story. The Huffington Post.
  5. Elliott, Zetta. (2012 July 2). Trayvon – Killed By an Idea. The Huffington Post.
  6. Díaz, Junot. (2014 April 30). MFA vs. POC. The New Yorker.
  7. Low, Jason. (2016 January 26). Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results. The Open Book.
  8. Elliott, Zetta. (2016 February 1). How It Feels to be Self Published Me. Publishers Weekly.
  9. Lee, Paula Young. (2016 February 18). ‘Your manuscript is not a good fit’: How ‘we need diverse books’ can move beyond wishful thinking. Salon.
  10. Kwaymullina, Ambelin. (2016 February 22.) Writing While Black/Writing While Indigenous: Two Voices Speak on Literature, Representation and Justice. Zetta Elliott Blog.
  11. Elliott, Zetta. (2016 February 23). Writing While Black/Writing While Indigenous: Part 2. Zetta Elliott Blog.
  12. Elliott. (2016 April 5). What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? Self-Publishing as a Black Feminist Act of Radical Self-Care. The Huffington Post Books.
  13. Horning, K.T. (2016 July 21). SLJ Diversity Course: Keynote Lecture webinar. School Library Journal.
  14. Reese, Debbie. (2016 July 21). KT Horning’s Keynote for SLJ’s Diversity CourseStorify.

This week-long series of events is co-hosted by Ancestry Books, University of Minnesota Libraries Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature/Umbra: Search African American History, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Bancroft Elementary School, The Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Humanities Center, and the St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program and its American Library Association Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild, and Student Governance Organization.

Contact: Shannon Gibney (shannongibney@gmail.com)

Check out the UMN’s write-up regarding Zetta’s week in MN: http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/09/visionary-childrens-book-writer-zetta-elliott-visits-minnesota/#.V8tHXhArKHp

 

LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children
Instructor Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen
2015 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

  1. Alarcón, Francisco X. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Iguanas in the Snow: And Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la Nieve: Y Otros Poemas de Invierno
  2. Alexander, Kwame. Crossover
  3. Bascomb, Neal. Nazi Hunters
  4. Bell, CeCe. El Deafo
  5. Burnett, Francis Hodgson. The Secret Garden
  6. Chainani, Soman. The School for Good and Evil #1
  7. Coy, John. Hoop Genius
  8. Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham
  9. Elliott, Zetta. The Phoenix on Barkley Street
  10. Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom
  11. Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
  12. Evans, Shane. Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
  13. Ewert, Marcus. 10,000 Dresses
  14. Harris, Robie. It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  15. Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
  16. Jung, Mike. Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities
  17. Kibuishi, Kazu. Amulet: The Stonekeeper
  18. LaRochelle, David. Moo
  19. Levy, Dana Alison. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  20. Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking
  21. Lovelace, Maud Hart. Betsy-Tacy (book 1)
  22. Morales, Yuyi. Viva Frida
  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. Richardson, Justin. And Tango Makes Three
  25. Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  26. Russell, Rachel Renée. Dork Diaries 1: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life
  27. Santat, Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
  28. Selznick, Brian. The Marvels
  29. Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
  30. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Jingle Dancer 
  31. Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. UMN CLRC online exhibit: http://gallery.lib.umn.edu/exhibits/show/balloons-over-broadway
  32. Telgemeier, Raina. Smile
  33. Tingle, Tim. How I Became a Ghost
  34. Ursu, Anne. The Real Boy
  35. Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence
  36. White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
  37. Willems, Mo. Any picture book (Elephant and Piggy, Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, etc.)
  38. Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer
  39. Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming
  40. Yang, Gene Luen. Secret Coders
  41. Minecraft (TBD)
  42. Read and bring to class any book(s) in the American Girl series
  43. Read, watch, or listen to any version of Wizard of Oz. Bring your version to class, if possible, and be prepared to discuss.
  44. The Lego Movie
  45. Perrault, Charles. “Little Red Riding Hood” > http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html
  46. Find, read, and bring to class  at least one version of Little Red Riding Hood for children.

Required Textbooks

  1. Keywords for Children’s Literature edited by Philip Nel and Lissa Paul.
  2. Picture This! How Pictures Work by Molly Bang

Readings and Assignments for the First Two Weeks of Class

Week 1 | Sept 15 | Introduction & Publishing

Readings

  • 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)

Novels

  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web

Picture Books

Assignments Due

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

Week 2 | Sept 22 | Publishing & Classics

Readings

Novels

  • Burnett, Francis Hodgson. The Secret Garden
  • Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking

Picture Books

  • Elliott, Zetta. The Phoenix on Barkley Street

(NOTE: The syllabus is heavy on black children’s and YA literature because I revised the course in light of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and so we could use the concepts learned and discussed through those texts as examples for discussions of related issues in youth lit and social justice. I am fully aware that my reading list is not representative of all social justice issues, but what I hope is that by discussing a narrow segment, my students and I can learn to think broadly in terms of ideology, positionality, authorship, power, privilege, etc as they relate to about social justice and children’s literature.)

LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature
Instructor Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen
2015 Summer
St. Catherine University
Master of Library and Information Science Program

Course Description

In this course, students will learn how to select, evaluate and analyze depictions and aspects of social justice and injustice in children’s and young adult literature. We will consider topics such as power, racism, diversity, violence, perspective, publishing trends, authorship, illustrations, and ideology. We will also consider how these texts may be used in library programming. 

By successfully finishing this course, students will be able to select, evaluate, and recommend a variety of materials depicting social justice issues for young audiences.

Required Readings (assigned by me)

  • A Wreath for Emmitt Till by Marilyn Nelson
  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
  • Bridge by Patrick Jones
  • Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
  • Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
  • No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Works of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
  • Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • The Real Boy by Anne Ursu 
  • El Deafo by CeCe Bell
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 
  • Call me Tree/Llámame árbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez
  • Star of the Week by Darlene Friedman
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Additional Required Readings (assigned by students – the Unsyllabus portion)

  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
  • Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
  • Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Assignments

  • Text presentation
  • Book talk and flyer
  • Unsyllabus presentation
  • Book discussion group
  • Reflection paper

First Week’s Readings 

WEEK 1 | June 2 Tuesday | #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Readings

  • Larrick, Nancy. (1965). “The All White World of Children’s Literature.” Saturday Review, 63-65. 
  • Horning, Kathleen T. (2014 May 1). “Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?” School Library Journal.
  • Derman-Sparks, Louise. (2013) “An Updated Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books.” Teaching for Change.
  • Diversity in Youth Literature. Editors’ Introduction “Open Books, Open Doors: Cultural Diversity On and Off the Page” (Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Sarah Park Dahlen)
  • Diversity in Youth Literature. Chapter 1 “Voices of Experience: Promoting Acceptance of Other Cultures” (Carol Doll and Kasey Garrison)
  • Diversity in Youth Literature. Chapter 2 “Opening Doors to Understanding: Developing Cultural Competence through Youth Literature” (Eliza Dresang) 

Youth Literature

  • A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

WEEK 1 | June 4 Thursday | Occupy Children’s Literature

Readings

Youth Literature

  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

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

Readings

  • 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)

Novels

  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web

Picture Book

  • Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are

Week 2 | Sept 17 | Publishing 

Readings

Novels

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

Picture Book

  • Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Week 3 | Sept 24 | Popular Children’s Literature

Readings

Novel

  • 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! 🙂

LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults
Instructor Dr. Sarah Park
2013 Spring
St. Catherine University
MLIS Program

Texts

  • Chance, Rosemary. (2008).  Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian’s Guide
  •  McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Books (Listen to at least one of the books on audio and read at least one as an e-book)

  • Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Anderson, MT. Feed
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls
  • Anonymous. Go Ask Alice
  • Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game
  • Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street
  • Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One
  • Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games
  • Conley, Erin Elizabeth.  Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misifitting In
  • Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War
  • Daly, Maureen. Seventeenth Summer
  • Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland
  • Franco, Betsy. Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers
  • Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind
  • Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty
  • Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
  • Jackson, Kim and Heewon Lee. Here: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
  • Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last
  • Johnson, Mat. Incognegro
  • Kick, Russ (ed). Choose one graphic novel from The Graphic Canon, Volume 1 and read the original version, then the graphic novel version.
  • Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy
  • Levithan, David. Every Day
  • Link, Kelly (ed.). Steampunk!
  • Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight
  • Miéville, China. Un Lun Dun
  • Na, An. A Step from Heaven
  • Portman, Frank. King Dork
  • Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now
  • Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sam the Storyteller. The Dead Isle. (self-published)
  • Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
  • Schneider, Robyn. The Social Climber’s Guide to High School
  • Sivertsen, Linda and Tosh Sivertsen. Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
  • Takaki, Ron. (adapted by Rebecca Stefoff). A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America
  • Woodson, Jacqueline. Peace, Locomotion
  • Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
  • Yang, Gene Luen.  American Born Chinese
  • Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief

Films

  • The Hunger Games
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Recommended Readings

  • Braun, Linda W., Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart. (2010). Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services for Teens. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Brenner, Robin E. (2007). Understanding Manga and Anime. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Cart, Michael. (1996). From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Cart, Michael and Christine A. Jenkins. (2006). The Heart Has its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
  • Chambers, Aidan. (1985). Booktalk: Occasional Writing on Literature and Children. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Flowers, Sarah. (2011). Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA’s Competencies in Action. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Goodstein, Anastasia. (2007). Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • Harris, Frances Jacobson. (2005). I Found It on the Internet. Chicago: American Library Association.
  • Hine, Thomas. (1999). The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager: A New History of the American Adolescent Experience. New York: Perennial.
  • Horning, Kathleen T. (2010). From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: Collins.
  • Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. (2006). Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Wolk, Douglas. (2007). Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

 Happy reading 🙂 

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