Here’s what I’m thinking about requiring in Children’s Lit next semester. Like all my course reading lists, this one is a bit long, but I’m not sure yet what I want to lose:
- Jacqueline Woodson, Locomotion.
- Sharon Creech. Love That Dog.
- James and Joseph Bruchac. The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales.
- Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are.
- Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion and the Mouse.
- Cynthia Lord, Rules.
- Lenore Look, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things.
- Lois Lowry, Number the Stars.
- Ruth Thomson, Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust.
- Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship.
- Katherine Applegate, One and Only Ivan.
- Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
- Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad Together
- Kate DiCamillo and Allison McGhee, Bink & Gollie
- Grace Lin, Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same
- Alma Flor Ada, My Name Is Maria Isabel
There will be a graphic novels week where students will select 2-3 graphic novels to read from a list I provide. Over the course of the semester, I bring in 150-200 additional picture books that we read together. There is also no poetry on this list (though there are two verse novels), so I will need to supplement with at least a day or two of children’s poetry as well.
The only thing that seems very noticeably missing from this list is fantasy, but I just can’t commit to anything. Sometimes I include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but I am kind of tired of that one, and students tend not to read the longer books on the syllabus anyway. Maybe a Roald Dahl novel or The Graveyard Book?
Edited to Add: Also just noticed there’s not really anything in the way of classic children’s lit. I’ll supplement with picture books for that, but maybe should have a chapter book too? In the past, I’ve done Little House on the Prairie (big racism problems there–useful to talk about, only my students don’t want to see the racism), Charlotte’s Web, Ramona and Her Father.
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