4 Credits, 4 Contacts

This course is an introduction to narrative, biographical, and nonfictional reading materials for children from preschool age to age twelve. The course is structured so that students will have an adequate bibliography of materials for nursery school teaching, the elementary school classroom, or for lay introduction of reading to children. Guest speakers and useful projects focus on understanding the needed ingredients for stimulating a reading interest in children. In addition to an exploration of current reading materials, the course presents a brief, historical survey of children’s literature and discussion of possible adaptation to present classroom use.

Prerequisite: ENG 121