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Spring 2024 Courses

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

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

Investigate various themes in children’s literature, spanning multiple time periods, cultures, and schools of thought.  Experience many formats of literature—poetry, novel, short story, film, television show/episode, picture book—and visit many genres (fairy tale, quest/adventure narrative, problem novel, etc.) to pinpoint the purposes and pleasures within children’s literature.

What We're Reading

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

By Neil Gaiman

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

The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Gashlycrumb Tinies
By Edward Gorey

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

Read children’s literature that explores the highs and lows of coming-of-age as the protagonists of our texts work to understand and develop their identities apart from, yet still part of, their families, their friends, and their histories. Explore texts where young protagonists use different forms of creative expression— including zines, music, cooking, and witchcraft—to formulate and communicate selfhood.

What We're Reading

New KidNew Kid
By Jerry Craft

ManuA Place at the Table
By Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan

Displacement Displacement 
By Kiku Hughes

The First Rule of PunkThe First Rule of Punk
By Celia C. Pérez


ECL 401: Literature for Children with Professor Kathleen Shumate

Explore with The Hunger Games by applying Monster Theory, and end the semester with a story of urban black childhood in Ghetto Cowboy. Other texts include fairy tales and picture books. Visit or revisit these stories of our childhoods, the impact of these stories on our lives, and how we continue to view and respond to the world from these stories.

What We're Reading

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum
with the W. W. Denslow illustrations

The HobbitThe Hobbit
By J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By J. K. Rowling

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins


ECL 501: Literature for Children with Professor Phillip Serrato

Meet, analyze, interpret, understand, and appreciate diverse works for children with an unabashed investment in the valuable/necessary ways that literature (and other forms of creative production) inspire, illuminate, and nourish us to become agents for personal and relational change. 

Goodbye Winter, Hello SpringGoodbye Winter, Hello Spring
By Kenard Pak

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden
(Dover 0486407845)
By Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Cricket in Times SquareThe Cricket in Times Square
By George Selden

The DreamerThe Dreamer
By Pam Muñoz Ryan


ECL 502: Adolescence in Literature with Professor Lashon Daley

Read middle-grade and YA novels, alongside the groundbreaking work of prominent girlhood studies scholars, in order to investigate girlhood as both a political category and a social identity.

What We're Reading

When You Trap a TigerWhen You Trap a Tiger
By Tae Keller

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Merci Suárez Changes Gears 
By Meg Medina

Hearts UnbrokenHearts Unbroken
By Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas


ECL 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
By Carole Lindstrom

Indigo DreamingIndigo Dreaming
By Dinah Johnson

Our Day of the Dead CelebrationOur Day of the Dead Celebration
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
By Virginia Loh-Hagan