This four-credit survey course introduces students to several genres of literature for children, including fiction, biography, fantasy, folk tales, poetry, informational, and picture books. Emphasis will be given to the value of both Western and non-Western literature, gender fairness, and inclusive multicultural perspectives in the selection and teaching of classroom literature. Students will read and critique selections from each of the above categories focusing on content, literary analysis, inclusivity, and the instructional skills necessary to teach reading and writing through the use of children’s literature.

A weekly internship at a local school is required for students with all clearances seeking certification.