L390 2133-2139 ROBERTS
Children's Literature

2133 12:20a-1:10a MW (143) 3 cr.

2134 8:00a-8:50a F (22)
2135 9:05a-9:55a F (24)
2136 10:10a-11:00a F (25)
2137 11:15a-12:05p F (25)
2138 12:20p-1:10p F (25)
2139 1:25p-2:15p F (22)

This course is designed for anyone planning on a career as a children's librarian, an elementary education teacher, or a children's author/illustrator, as well as anyone with an interest in the rich and varied literature composed for--or set aside for--children. We will consider how definitions of childhood have changed over time and how such changing definitions have shaped what adults have thought children should and should not read. We will also consider how the purposes for children's literature have changed, and what benefits adults have thought children would derive from their reading. And, of course, we will read (and listen to) a variety of literature in a number of different genres: picture books, poetry, traditional literatures, historical fiction, realism, and fantasy, to name a few. To read children's literature is also to explore the role of art, of illustration, and increasingly the role of other media (sound, film, "interactive" texts).

Readings may include such works as Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue, Louis Sachar's Holes, selected picture books by Maurice Sendak and others, various fairytales, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder, and Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons. A packet of secondary readings will also be required.

Format: lecture/discussion; exploring community resources; projects.