This course is a critical and analytical study of a variety of texts that represent the many genres of children's literature. It will emphasize how children are influenced by literature and how children's literature reflects the values of the particular culture that produces it. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Recognize the characteristics of the different genres of children's literature.
Determine and apply criteria for what may be considered as quality children's literature.
Analyze literary elements such as theme, character, and setting.
Evaluate the contributions that illustrations can make to a text.
Identify literature as a product of a particular cultural climate.
Discuss critically issues of gender, ethnicity, culture, and the individual that are present in the texts.
Design and research a written project that relates to a student's particular interest in children's literature.