Extension introduces two certificate programs in children’s literature

Children’s literature is a growing force in popular culture — think of "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games," as well as classic children’s books such as "Where the Wild Things Are," "Willy Wonka" and "James and the Giant Peach."


Child's play: "These programs will show them how to hone their skills and develop portfolio proposals, putting their best foot forward.”

Each of these books has become familiar to virtually anyone who has ever raised young children — or taught youngsters to be avid readers.

UC San Diego Extension has recently introduced two new certificate programs – “Children’s Book Writing" and “Children’s Book Illustration” — aimed at aspiring authors and illustrators who wish to create fun, entertaining and meaningful books for children.

These innovative programs have been created in close collaboration with a select group of authors, artists, literary agents, editors, and designers, with the goal of providing students the opportunity to polish their talents.

“I’m always amazed at how many talented people have wonderful ideas for children’s books,” said Extension’s Arts & Humanities program representative Annika Nelson, who has illustrated seven books, six in children’s literature. “Yet, they often don’t know how to go from concept to proposal. These programs will show them how to hone their skills and develop portfolio proposals, putting their best foot forward.”

The programs’ advisory board includes several notable San Diego-based children's literature authors and illustrators, led by Brian Selznick, author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal for its portrait of a young boy living in turn-of-the-century Paris.

The novel formed the basis for director Martin Scorsese’s highly-acclaimed 2011 movie, “Hugo,” which won five Oscars from a total of 11 nominations, including Best Picture.

UC San Diego's Seth Lerer, dean of Arts and Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Literature, is another prominent advisory board member.

“We have such a creative colony of children's book professionals here in San Diego," added Nelson. "I’m sure even Dr. Seuss himself would’ve been proud of the programs we’ve created.”

Currently, these in-class courses are being offered:

According to Nelson, plans are underway to offer both certificate programs online in the coming year or so.

Posted: 6/17/2014 12:00:00 AM by | with 2 comments

UC San Diego Extension
Hi Susana: It looks like Spring courses will all be open for enrollment as of February 2, 2019, and the courses will start the first week in April. To learn more about our quarterly cycle, you can check out the Extension Calendar at https://extension.ucsd.edu/about-extension/Extension-Calendar. We look forward to seeing you in class!
11/29/2018 10:45:03 AM

Susana de la Pena
I was accepted but I didn't take classes right away (in the Creative Writing Certificate program). I was interested in classes offered spring 2019; when might you post them?
Susana de la Pena
11/29/2018 12:07:46 AM

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