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Spring 2022 Courses

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

ENGL 501: Literature for Children with Professor Daley

Read, study, and investigate the history of African American children’s picture books in order to explore how Blackness becomes mediated and performative through illustration and text.

What We're Reading

Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children’s Literature before 1900 Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children’s Literature before 1900
Edited by Katharine Capshaw and Anna Mae Duane  

Brown gold: Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002Brown gold: Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002
By Michelle Martin

The Journal of Negro Education“Walk Tall in the World: African American Literature for Today's Children”
By Cy Rudine Sims Bishop 
in The Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 59, No. 4

Research in the Teaching of English“Children’s Literature at the Turn of the Century: ‘Toward a Political Economy of the Publishing Industry’” 
By Joel Taxel
in Research in the Teaching of English, Vol. 37, No. 2

ENGL 501: Literature for Children with Professor Phillip Serrato

Learn to interpret and analyze diverse works of literature for children with an unabashed investment in acknowledging and enjoying and admiring the valuable/necessary ways that literature and other forms of creative production inspire, illuminate, and nourish us.

What We're Reading

The Desert Is My MotherThe Desert Is My Mother
By Pat Mora

Goodbye Summer, Hello AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
By Kenard Pak

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden
By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Papa’s DreamPapa’s Dream
By Lalo Guerrero and Los Lobos

ENGL 502: Adolescence in Literature with Professor Daley

Rread 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 GearsMerci Suárez Changes Gears
By Meg Medina

Hearts UnbrokenHearts Unbroken
By Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

503: Topics in Children's Literature with Professor Joseph Thomas

Study the life and work of sibling folklorists and philologists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. We will focus on various iterations of their popular fairy tales, from the earliest surviving manuscript (the Ölenberg Manuscript) to the final edition of their seminal work, Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales), as well as exploring these tales continued influence on popular culture.

What We're Reading

The 1810 Grimm ManuscriptsThe 1810 Grimm Manuscripts: The First Complete English Translation of the 1810 Handwritten Manuscripts The Beginnings of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen Children's and Household Tales
By Oliver Loo

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers GrimmThe Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition
By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, John Gruelle (Illustrator), Jack Zipes (Translator, Introduction)

The Original 1812 Grimm Fairy TalesThe Original 1812 Grimm Fairy Tales: A New Translation of the 1812 First Edition Kinder und Hausmärchen Childrens and Household Tales (1812 Childrens and Household Tales Kinder und Hausmärchen)
By Oliver Loo