The SDSU's Children's Literature Program is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country and with as many as 1200 enrollments annually in its undergraduate and graduate courses, it is also one of the largest programs in North America.  Among its faculty are leading scholars in Children's literature, authors of numerous and distinguished books and essays in the field, and prize-winning researchers with national and international reputations.

SDSU has come to be known as one of the leading places in the U.S. to do study in Children's Literature. Home to the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, SDSU annually attracts visiting foreign researchers and has hosted numerous conferences and lectures.