Children's Literature

Instructor: Chi-Fen Emily Chen, Ph.D. 陳其芬

Department of English, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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About the Course

Introduction to the Course

Course Objectives:

This course aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of children’s literature in the Western world, to familiarize them with different types of children’s literature, to develop their ability to appreciate and evaluate children’s books, and to train them to use various ways to create good literature reading experiences for children.

Course Description:

This course introduces students a brief history of children’s literature and famous children's works of different genres, including rhymes and poems, picture storybooks, folk literature, fantasy, and realistic fiction. Students will learn important concepts, forms, values, evaluation principles, and criticisms of children’s literature. In addition, they will learn many ways to promote good literature reading experiences for children, such as storytelling, shared reading, story webbing and mapping, story theater, reader’s theater, puppet theater, audiovisual media re-creations of stories, and computer-assisted language learning activities. They will need to read, present, and discuss a number of assigned pieces of children’s literature as well as famous works chosen by themselves.

Main Texts:

Russell, D. L. (2009). Literature for children: a short introduction (6th edition). Boston: Pearson.

Carroll, L. (1865). Alice’s adventures in wonderland.

References:

Hunt, P. (2001). Children’s literature. Oxford: Blackwell.

Lukens, R. J. (2003). A critical handbook of children’s literature. Boston: Pearson.

Nodelman, P. & Reimer, M. (2003). The pleasures of children's literature. Boston: Pearson.

Tomlinson, C. M. & Lynch-Brown C. (2005). Essentials of children’s literature. Boston: Pearson.

林文寶、徐守濤、陳正治、蔡尚志 (2007). 兒童文學。五南圖書出版公司。