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Gain a deep understanding of the history of children's literature by studying classics of post-enlightenment writing for children. This course provides children’s book writers, illustrators and enthusiasts alike an essential exploration of the development of children’s literature over time, while also providing benchmarks for critiquing one’s own work. Reading will include several masterpieces in the genre.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze children/young adult literary texts within historical & cultural contexts through discussions and written assignments.
  • Learn about the multiple literary genres, writers & cultures, and explore relevant issues raised in each text.
  • Sharpen critical reading skills and develop a familiarity with literary terms through assigned readings and lectures.
  • Draw on assigned readings, discussions and other sources to formulate, outline and articulate critiques in written form.


Quarters Offered: Fall (online) | Spring (online)
Course Fee: $395
Prerequisite: none

Note: Requirement for Children's Book Illustration Certificate and Children's Book Writing Certificate

Course Number: LIT-40093
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Children’s Book IllustrationChildren’s Book WritingCreative Writing