Course details

Su 14, F 14, W 15, Sp 15, Su 15, F 15, W 16, Sp 16, Su 16, F 16, W 17, Sp 17, Su 17, F 17, W 18, Sp 18, Su 18, F 18
Course number
LIB 528
Course title
Children's Literature, K-5
Course description

An introduction to children’s literature for educators. Students will read from a variety of categories and book genres appropriate for children in grades K-5. Emphasis is on the characteristics, responses and appeals of a broad range of quality literature to encourage children to experience the pleasures of reading.

Dolores C. Johnston,
Instructor bio

Dolores C. Johnston, MA, is a retired library media specialist and teacher from the West Linn/Wilsonville School District. She managed technology in her school and collaborated with teachers to integrate technology and information skills and literature into the curriculum. She coordinated a pre-school storytelling program in the small town where she had her first teaching job.


There are no required prerequisites for this course.


1.2 Candidates understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students’ reading development and achievement.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students’ knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
4.3 Candidates develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.
5.1 Candidates design the physical environment to optimize students’ use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction.
6.2 Candidates display positive dispositions related to their own reading and writing and the teaching of reading and writing, and pursue the development of individual professional knowledge and behaviors.
6.4 Candidates understand and influence local, state, or national policy decisions.

Practical applications

Students will:
Identify and describe basic artistic elements of picture books
Evaluate and analyze children’s books based on the artistic elements
Participate in multiple art forms (drama, music, art, poetry, reader’s theater, literature, storytelling) as a basis for academic engagement and development of literacy
Be familiar with a variety of high-quality and awarding winning authors of diverse children’s literature, both classic and contemporary
Identify bias-free, age appropriate, relevant, and diverse literature, and utilize it as a means of motivate children to engage in meaningful literacy activities, but, most importantly, to cause them to love reading
Identify selection and evaluation criteria for children’s books
Demonstrate effective cross-cultural literature, creative dramatic, and read aloud activities as a means of engaging children in both competency and a genuine passion for reading

Time commitment

Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and assignments).


No required text. Instead, students are expected to extensively choose and read children’s literature from a list of required Lit Circle and Partner books. Extensive bibliographies will be provided.

Historical offerings

Winter 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Spring 2014: 03/31/14