Course details

W 14, Su 14, W 15, Su 15, Su 16, Su 17, Su 18
Course number
LIB 532
Course title
Multicultural Children's/Young Adult Literature
Course description

The purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of multicultural children’s and young adult literature. Students will read a variety of literature across cultures found within the United States and across multiple grade levels.

Gregory Lum
Instructor bio

Gregory Lum, Instructor, Graduate School of Education. Since 1983, Gregory Lum has been in education as a classroom teacher or school librarian and has taught all levels from kindergarten to adult computer courses. Professionally, he has served on the board and/or committees for the Oregon Association of School Libraries, the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Gregory also reviews books for School Library Journal. Currently, he is the library director at Jesuit High School in Portland. (BS, Oregon State University; MLS, Vanderbilt University)


There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to K-12 students.


1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
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.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.

Practical applications

Students will
Gain awareness of multicultural children’s literature through reading a variety of multicultural literature and devaluating the portrayal of various cultures within the United States
Make connections between significant historical/social events and multicultural literature
Critically analyze multicultural literature for accuracy, authenticity, and quality
Develop a lesson and/or unit using multicultural children’s literature

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).


A textbook is required for this course. Please check with PSU’s ReadOregon program.

Historical offerings

Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Fall 2007
Winter 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Summer 2013