Lit. for Children & Adolescents

Taught by Kristen Hindes, Reference & Instructional Librarian, Head of ILL

This is a survey course introducing literature for children and adolescents with emphasis on criteria for identifying and interpreting high quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will develop familiarity with a broad range of books for all ages and the implications of developmental characteristics for book selection. Theory and research about reader response, gender, and multiculturalism will be examined. Special literature programs unique to Vermont will be explored. Students will work both collaboratively and individually to pursue and present course material. Finally, students will face the delightful expectation that they will read at least 60 books written for children and adolescents during the semester (that you’ll obtain through your local public or school library), in addition to the text and other assigned readings.

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