Children’s Services in Public Libraries: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Maralita L. Freeny

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Not described.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/lbsc6472014.pdf

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Children’s Literature and Materials: Fall 2013

Instructor:

Edith Ching

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Fall 2013

Description:

This course surveys literature and other materials for children and youth as they relate to the needs, interests, reading abilities and other capabilities of readers through middle school (grade 8). Criteria for evaluating and using such materials will also be discussed.

A driving question that we will continually revisit throughout this course is: Is children’s literature defined by the act of children reading it or are there specific characteristics that make this a unique literature?

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/LBSC%20645.doc

Literature for Young Adults: Fall 2011

Instructor:

Joyce R. Laiosa

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Fall 2011

Description:

An introductory survey of literature for young adults (ages 13-18), with an emphasis on authors from the latter half of the twentieth-century. Includes a discussion of the characteristics, needs, and reading interests of teenagers, a critical study of the literature, an overview of basic selection tools and practice in booktalking, as well as an introduction to the basic skills in accessing electronic resources on young adult literature.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/cci/images/IIST578_FALL_2011.pdf

Literature for Children: Fall 2014

Instructor:

Daphne Jorgensen

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Fall 2014

Description:

Introductory survey of literature for children with the emphasis on twentieth-century authors and illustrators. Problems and trends in writing and publishing. Class discussion and written critical evaluations based on extensive reading.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/571_Jorgensen_Fa14.pdf

Young Voices in Times of War: Literature for Children and Young Adults: Spring 2009

Instructor:

Jan Kamiya

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Spring 2009

Description:

During times of war, children and teens are forced to grow up more quickly than they would during times of peace. Many will have to make difficult choices and face adult issues. This course will focus on stories told through unique voices of children and young adults who happened to grow up while the world they knew around them was radically changing. When contemporary children and teens read about the impact war has on the fictional characters (especially those of similar ages) as well as true stories of people who grew up in the midst of war, they will inevitably from a literary relationship with and develop empathy for the characters they read about. By humanizing “the other” through reading, we can hope to instill in upcoming generations the importance of cultural understanding an the necessity of teaching peace in an increasingly globalized world.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/LIS_693_Young_Voices_Kamiya.pdf

English Children’s Literature: Fall 2010

Instructor:

Rebecca Knuth

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Fall 2010

Description:

This course is on the development (in England) of children’s literature as a genre—its history, classics, and the influence and contributions of iconic authors and illustrators. Topics/critical issues to be discussed include contrasting visions of childhood, the power of traditional literature (folktales, legends, nursery rhymes), the commodification and commercialization of literary characters/texts, the popularized presentation of texts and authors in films, and the ability of texts to entertain, criticize society, present values, and help children to find meaning. Also, the role of English children’s literature in developing national consciousness and values, Englishness.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/693_knuth_f10.pdf

Asian American Resources for Children & Youth: Summer 2011

Instructor:

Nyla Fujii-Babb

School:

University of Hawaii

Semester:

Summer 2011

Description:

The course focuses on an examination of Asian American resources for children and youth and for the library professionals working with them. It includes an overview of the socio-historical roots of various Asian groups in the United States; a survey of trends and issues related to multi ethnic authoring and publishing; the creation of and application of evaluative criteria for information in this area; and an exploration of curricular and library program promotion of these resources.

Required Textbook:

See syllabus.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/content/syllabi/689_fujiibabb_SS11.pdf