Fall 2020 - EDUC 465 D100

Children's Literature (4)

Class Number: 5124

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Historical, sociological and literary perspectives on literature for children.


This course will be delivered remotely with self-directed modules.  However, students are expected to be online and available during the midterm (Wednesday, October 21, 10:00am - 1:20p) and final (Wednesday, December 02, 10:00am - 1:20p) online exams. 

In this upper-division seminar, students apply a range of theoretical perspectives to cultural texts produced for children. Course readings include children’s books as well as critical theories, and current research. Students should be comfortable with a substantial amount of reading and be prepared to complete weekly writing/research projects.


  • Discussion/Quizzes 20%
  • Daily Assignments 35%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Respectful Communication/Collaboration 05%


Assignments due Wednesdays on Canvas by 13:00/1:00 PM PST.

Midterm Exam takes place on Wednesday, October 21, from 10:00am to 1:20pm PST on Canvas.

Final Exam takes place on Wednedsay, December 02 from 10:00am to 1:20pm PST on Canvas.


The course includes a heavy weekly reading load (children’s books as well as theoretical texts), weekly academic writing/research assignments (2-5 pages; approx 4 hours of work), a timed, open book, online midterm (essay, multiple-choice) and a timed, open book, online final exam (multiple-choice, essay)



Bang, M. (2016). Picture this: How pictures work. New York: Chronicle books.

Available in course files.
ISBN: 9781452151991


Leray, M. (2010). little red hood. London: Phoenix Yard Books Ltd.

If unable to purchase, text is available in course files.
ISBN: 9781907912009


Thom, K. C. (2017). From the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea. Vancouver BC, Arsenal Pulp Press.

E-book available: ASIN B072B5PLS7
ISBN: 9781551527093


Craft, J. (2019). New kid. Quill Tree Books.  (available as e-book and at Vancouver kidsbooks )

E-book edition: ASIN B07JNDCPSV
ISBN: 9780062691194


Rogers, S. (2013). Northwest passage.  Illus. M. James. Groundwood Books.
ISBN: 9781554981533


Vermette, K. & Flett, J.  (2019). The girl and the wolf.  Theytus Books.
ISBN: 9781926886541


Browne,  A. (1999). Zoo. Red Fox. 
ISBN: 978-0099219019

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).