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Spring 2023 Courses

The Children's Literature Program offers an array of classic and contemporary topics in children's literature and young-adult studies.

ENGL 306A/W: Children’s Literature and Advanced Composition with Lecturer Tishna Asim

Challenge and disrupt the standard notions of fantasy, horror, fear, and the delicious pleasure (or trauma) that comes with confronting that which frightens us through children’s literature. 

What We're Reading

Prietita and the Ghost WomanPrietita and the Ghost Woman
1995
By Gloria Anzaldúa

StellalunaStellaluna
1993
By Janell Cannon

A Tale Dark and GrimmA Tale Dark and Grimm
2010
By Adam Gidwitz

The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Gashlycrumb Tinies
1963
By Edward Gorey


ENGL 306A/W: Children’s Literature and Advanced Composition with Lecturer Sequoia Stone

Discover children’s literature that depict “outcast” and “strange” child characters who embody the exhilarating, messy, and chaotic freedom that we often associate with childhood. 

What We're Reading

Weird KidWeird Kid
2021
By Greg van Eakhout

ManuManu
2021
By Kelly Fernandez

The MoorchildThe Moorchild
1996
By Eloise McGraw

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling FeathersStrange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
2019
By Celia C. Pérez


ENGL 501: Literature for Children with Professor Joseph Thomas

Construct children’s literature as a cultural apparatus that creates for its readers representations of race, class, and gender that are often problematic, often laudable.

What We're Reading

Walk Two MoonsWalk Two Moons
1994
By Sharon Creech

Black FolktalesBlack Folktales
1969
By Julius Lester

Roll Of Thunder Hear My CryRoll Of Thunder Hear My Cry
1976
By Mildred Taylor

The HobbitThe Hobbit
1937
By J.R.R. Tolkien


ENGL 502: Adolescence in Literature with Professor Phillip Serrato

Reflect on the term “monstrous youth” and explore children’s literature from the perspective of youth who are deemed monstrous and/or portray a monstrous experience.

What We're Reading

Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland
1865
By Lewis Carroll

Ghost BoysGhost Boys
2018
By Jewell Parker Rhodes

Nisei DaughterNisei Daughter
1953
By Monica Sone

TwilightTwilight
2005
By Stephanie Meyer


ENGL 503:
#Kidlit for Researchers and Content Creators with Professor Lashon Daley

Develop research projects that center children's literature, while learning about the basics of social media content creation.

What We're Reading

We are Water ProtectorsWe are Water Protectors
2020
By Carole Lindstrom

Indigo DreamingIndigo Dreaming
2022
By Dinah Johnson

Our Day of the Dead CelebrationOur Day of the Dead Celebration
2022
By Ana Aranda

A is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American AlphabetA is for Asian American: An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Alphabet
2022
By Virginia Loh-Hagan


ENGL 503: Chicanx Children’s Literature with Professor Phillip Serrato

Study the history, politics, accomplishments, and overall significance of Chicanx children’s literature, from its beginnings to the present day.

What We're Reading

Joaquín, niño de AztlánJoaquín, niño de Aztlán
1972
By Elia Robledo Durán

I Will Catch the SunI Will Catch the Sun
1973
By Nepthtalí de León

The Spirit of Chicano ParkThe Spirit of Chicano Park
2020
By Beatrice Zamora and Maira Meza

Downtown BoyDowntown Boy
2005
By Juan Felipe Herrera


ENGL 727: Issues in Children’s Literature with Professor Lashon Daley

Explore intersectional frameworks from prominent Black girlhood studies scholars to investigate what statuses, identities, and cultural structures are revealed when Black girlhood moves from novel to screen.

What We're Reading

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give
2017
By Angie Thomas

The Sun is also a StarThe Sun is also a Star
2016
By Nicola Yoon

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time
1962
By Madeleine L'Engle