There seems to be some interest in my Children's Lit class this semester - particularly the titles of the books I will be reading. So far we have discussed Classic books of Children's Literature, and we were asked to read three off a list of twelve. I chose three that I hadn't read before: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Borrowers by Mary Norton and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. For those interested, the other books on the list were:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
So if you are interested in exploring Children's Literature Classics - here is a very short list of places to start, at least by way of my class. I would have to imagine that every Children's Lit class, of all scholarly levels, would have different lists.
For the next two weeks, we will be looking at picture books. In fact, I am really excited to read Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang which talks about the ideas behind the illustrations in picture books. They aren't just there to be pretty folks!
As I will be reading a ton of picture books in the next couple weeks, and they are short and everything - I am not going to list and discuss them all here. If you are really truly interested in knowing what titles are being explored for my class (maybe you are interesting in Children's Lit, or maybe you are a parent or special adult in a child's life and would like a place to start), I am going to be really good about listing all of them in my Goodreads account, well at least the ones I am reading. I even have a shelf labelled "grad school" and they will all be tagged as such, along with my text books for other classes. Do you think I should add a new shelf, like "children's lit"? If you want to talk more about a specific title, feel free to contact me there. I'll still try to talk about big topics here... but I hope this works for everyone. THIS is a link to my Goodreads profile.