Library Science 608

EDLS 608: Child and Adolescent Literature for Library Media Specialists

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides exposure to a wide variety of literature for children and adolescents. Emphasis will be on selecting and applying literature within the K-12 library media center to strengthen and support the curriculum; meeting information literacy goals for all students; developing within K-12 students a love of reading and desire to become lifelong learners; and meeting pleasure reading needs of K-12 students.


Detailed Description of Course

This course provides students with a brief historical overview of literature for children and adolescents, in-depth study and exposure to a wide variety of literature by genre, study of authors and their works, and methods of effectively sharing literature with children and adolescents. Specific genres will include poetry, drama, picture books, traditional literature (myths, legends, folktales, and fables), modern fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, and multicultural/international literature.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be appropriate for either face-to-face or online delivery. Students will participate in a variety of activities including lecture, extensive reading of literature and multiple methods of peer group sharing of literature, and development of projects to promote author or literature studies within the K-12 curriculum. A text will be used to provide background study on children’s literature by genre. Students will share literature read in a format suitable for application in the K-12 setting.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

  • The student will become acquainted with the scope of literature for children and adolescents;
  • The student will be able to apply policies for selection of literature for children and adolescents, including a Media Selection Policy and Intellectual Freedom Policy;
  • The student will demonstrate proficiency in executing the reading support role of the LMS in the elementary, middle and high school;
  • The student will understand and develop reading incentive programs;
  • The student will be able to select appropriate literature for inclusion in the elementary, middle and high school library;
  • The student will demonstrate ability to provide reading guidance to elementary, middle and high school students;
  • The student will be able to identify major authors and illustrators in children’s and adolescent literature;
  • The student will recognize major publishers and sources of appropriate literature for inclusion in the school library collection; and
  • The student will be aware of award winning books and authors.


Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed on the course objectives by completing the following requirements:

  • Each student will read literature from each genre studied and develop written and oral reviews to be shared in a variety of formats with the class.
  • Each student will develop an annotated bibliography of picture books, folk tales, fairy tales, and poetry for children.
  • Each student will apply effective instructional design principles to the development of an author or illustrator unit of study appropriate for elementary or middle school students.
  • Each student will develop a reading incentive program appropriate for elementary, middle, or high school students.
  • Each student will write reflections to readings in the text or provided by the instructor


Other Information

This course is specifically designed to meet licensure requirement B.2e in the current regulations for licensure for library media. This course would also be appropriate for re-certification by practicing Library Media Specialists. This course can be selected as an elective for students seeking the M.S. in Education degree, concentrations in Educational Technology, Library/Media, and Information Technology.


Review and Approval
March 2006