School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 401 Outline

Course Outline

Fall 2010


Dr. Joanne de Groot
Email:  skype: joannedegroot

Calendar Description:

A survey of literature for children from infancy through the elementary school years with an emphasis on books currently read by children. Children's reading needs and interests, and issues and trends will be examined.


  • To develop an appreciation of children's literature.
  • To develop a critical approach to children's literature, taking into consideration the current trends and issues in the field.
  • To develop familiarity with the body of literature available to children.


  • General introduction to the field.
  • The criteria for the evaluation of children's literature and their application in selection.
  • Reading needs and interests of children.
  • The historical development of the field.
  • The literature: picture books; traditional literature; poetry; realistic fiction; historical fiction; fantasy; science fiction.
  • Current trends, issues, and problems.


This is an online course and all discussions, lectures, and content will occur on the University of Alberta’s online course management system ( ). The course will include print and audio lectures, class discussions and activities, and multimedia demonstrations. Extensive reading and examination of works of children's literature is necessary. 

Course Relationships:

No prerequisites. This course is not open to MLIS students.



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