Fall 2021 - EDUC 465 D200

Children's Literature (4)

Class Number: 5301

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 3122, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Historical, sociological and literary perspectives on literature for children.


In this upper division seminar, students apply a range of theoretical perspectives to texts for children. Course readings include children’s books as well as critical theories, and current research in children’s literature studies.


  • Civility & Mutual Respect 5%
  • In Class Discussion/Quizzes 20%
  • Daily Assignments 35%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final exam 20%


Assignments due Tuesdays on Canvas by 1:00 pm/13:00 PST


The course includes a heavy bi-weekly reading load, bi-weekly academic writing assignments (2-5 pages), small & whole-group discussion, midterm and final assessment.



Please buy or check the required books out from a library so that you have them in time for class.


Bang, M. (2016). Picture this: How pictures work. New York: Chronicle books.
ISBN: 9781452151991


*Keller, T. (2020). When you trap a tiger. Random House.
ISBN: 9781524715700


*Lam, Thao. (2020). The paper boat: A Refugee story. Owl Kids Press.
ISBN: 9781771473637


*Lindstrom, C. (2020). We are water protectors. Illus. M. Goade. New York: Roaring Book Press.
ISBN: 9781250203557


*Thom, K. C. (2017). From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea. Vancouver BC, Arsenal Pulp Press.
ISBN: 9781551527093


*Wiesner, D. (2006). Flotsam. New York: Clarion Books. ISBN: 9780618194575


*Hard copies (instead of digital versions) of children’s books preferred.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.