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Great site! Thanks!

Jane Dark

That site is fantastic!

I'm curious -- what books are you thinking of so far? Are you focusing on fantasy/fairytales like the Redwall series, or more local-color works like Girl of the Limberlost/Freckles and Betsy-Tacy? (Or another sort of view altogether?)


I took a children's lit course in college and I LOVED it. In fact, I used a lot of the Joseph Campbell we learned to write a great paper in grad school.

I hope you will include picture books in addition to fairy tales. If you do, I highly suggest any of the following;

Any Maurice Sendak (but "In the Night Kitchen", Really Rosie and Where the Wild things Are" are musts)

Maira Kalman - I think you would find her very interesting as a personality and an author (she currently has a visual monthly blog on

I just dug up this very interesting book to my daughter from my pile: "There's a Nightmare in my Closet" by Mercer Meyer-- so anti-contemporary childhood.

What Now?

Are you focusing mostly on contemporary lit, or doing a more historically sweeping course, or focusing on a particular genre, or what?

I've done a more historically specific course (The Golden Age of Children's Literature, 1865-1914) and had great luck with Anne of Green Gables (which the students found hilarious), Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, and A Little Princess. I almost didn't do the latter because I thought it would turn off the male students, but in fact everyone enjoyed it.

Children's Lit is one of my favorite things to teach -- I hope you'll have a great course!

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