Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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English 225/226: Children's Literature
Note: if you've taken English 225, you may retake it as 226.  Email Sherri with questions,


Through this course of learning I have analyzed these books in a way I never thought to do. I’ve sat with picture books and asked myself “why did they write it this way,” or “what is she trying to say”? I’ve broken down and analyzed, made notes and applied logical argument forms as well as communication theories to try to understand the all-important question of why. The result is a dramatic change in my own writing as well as my reading and greater understanding of the genre. I think it has also produced a greater acceptance of my own work from within as I have a clearer image of how my own work stacks up.
         --Cheyenne Black, English 225 student, March 2012

Reading List for Fall 2014*

Joel Chandler Harris & Julius Lester, Uncle Remus Tales
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Steven Sheinkin, The Notorious Benedict Arnold
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton
Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan
Patrick Carman, Skeleton Creek
Jennifer Holm, Babymouse for President
as well as picture books, poems, short stories...

*Note that Steven Sheinkin and Jennifer Holm will be speaking at Western Washington University in March 2014 for the annual Children's Literature Conference:

English 225 Students' Writing

Explorations Reports
Arianna's Magical Nannies in Children's Literature
Sarah's Frances Hodgson Burnett's Life: Influences in Little Lord Fauntleroy
Andréa's Children's Texts Rewritten as Graphic Novels

Karri's Preschool Books and Sexual Abuse Prevention: Part 1 and Part 2
Anjolie's Kipling's Cat
Amanda's Writing a Children's Picture Book
Ann's Picture Books: Styles and Efficacy for the Beginning Reader
Melissa's The Hook of Children's Literature: Inspiring Adults to Read
Michelle's Steampunk and Children's Literature
Erika's Esphyr Slobodkina
Wendy's Religion in Children's Literature

Tammy's Reluctant Readers
Helen's African-American Historical Children's Literature

Tomme's Using Children's Literature to Teach Thinking (a PowerPoint, so select "slide show" and "from beginning")
Krissa's Red Car, Blue Car

Think Pieces
Christina's Reflecting on Hanna's Explorations Project: New Media in Children's Literature
Hanna's Censorship: From Children's Libraries to Hitler?

Ryan & Landon As Picture Book Illustrators: The Experiment
Amanda's Landon As a Picture Book Illustrator: A Progression in Abstract Thought
Amanda's Interview with Teri Hall

Nicole's Not Just Words on a Page
Emily's Preacher's Character
njolie's The Wisdom of the In-Betweens
Andréa's Interpretations: Illustrating Elijah of Buxton: A Think Piece by Screencast
Cheyenne's Critter Lit
Brianne's A Great Stepping Stone
Crystal's Children's Authors: Kinesthetic Thinkers?
Ann's In Defiance of Gravity
eFictional: Romance and Relationships in YA
Patty's Through the Eyes of a Child
Ann's Young Adult Readers and Their Fiction: A Think Piece by Screencast
Jason's An Interest in the Fantastical
Dana's Bud, Not Buddy From a Nine-Year-Old's Perspective

Renata's Bud, Not Buddy: A Child's View
Tammy's Eating What You Read

Alexandrea's story that does not yet exist
Katelin's Reactions to Writing
Katelin's Masks We Hide Behind

Previous Reading Lists

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Michael Grant, The Magnificent 12: The Call
Katherine Applegate
, The One and Only Ivan
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, The Boy Who Dared
Patrick Carman, Skeleton Creek
Teri Hall, The Line

Joel Chandler Harris & Julius Lester, Uncle Remus tales
Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Lord Fauntleroy
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton
Teri Hall, The Line
Gary Schmidt, The Wednesday Wars
Patrick Carman, Trackers
Laura Kvasnosky, Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Joel Chandler Harris & Julius Lester, Uncle Remus tales
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy
Kirby Larsen, Hattie Big Sky
Chris Raschka, Yo! Yes?
Rebecca Stead, First Light
Teri Hall, The Line

Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Sara Pennypacker, The Talented Clementine (2007)
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton (2007)
Linda Sue Park, Project Mulberry (2005)
John Green, Paper Towns (2009)
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (2008)

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911)
Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses (1944)
Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton (2007)
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)
Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here (2007)
Sara Pennypacker, The Talented Clementine (2007)
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)

The Hundred Dresses, Eleanor Estes
Ragweed, Avi
Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
Love That Dog, Sharon Creech
Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis
Deadline, Chris Crutcher
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
Gossamer, Lois Lowry
Crash, Jerry Spinelli
Love That Dog, Sharon Creech
Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson (Notes from Laurie Halse Anderson's talk at WWU's Conference)
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi


Children's Literature Conference at Western Washington University
Seattle Children's Theater
Events at the Bellingham Children's Library

Other Authors/Books

Walter Brooks, from Wikipedia
E. B. White, from Wikipedia
Sharon Creech
Nikki Grimes

Chris Crutcher
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

Authors Readers Theater
Neil Gaiman
Mrs. Taverna's Charlotte's Web from a second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in New York

E. B. White
Lois Lowry web site and blog; Interviews on Gossamer and The Giver
Jerry Spinelli
Deborah Wiles who has spoken at a WWU conference
Shel Silverstein

Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar answers readers' questions
Scholastic's Pages for Teachers

Sisterhood Central at Random House Ann Brashares and her Sisterhood series
Kevin Henkes
Kevin Henkes on his latest picture book
Laurie Halse Anderson

Children's Literature Programs, Centers, Organizations

Master of Arts in Children's Literature, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, University of British Columbia
Hollins University in Virginia, Masters
Simmons in Boston, Masters
University of Florida, education degrees with specializations in children's literature
Carthage College in Wisconsin, Center for Children's Literature
Penn State Online, Masters of Education with a specialization
Rutgers in New Jersey, Youth Literature Online Certification Program
WWU's Children's Literature Clearinghouse
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)  See especially Adolescent Literacy
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's Literature Association


Norton Anthology of Children's Literature for timelines of children's literature and much more
The Victorian Dictionary
Sunday School Books from The Library of Congress
Children's Books and Penny Dreadfuls from The British Library

Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA