AJ4303 Children's and Young Adult Literature

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/3/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Lucie Podroužková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lucie Podroužková, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJ4303/01: Thu 23. 9. to Thu 16. 12. Thu 8:00–9:50 učebna 58, L. Podroužková
AJ4303/02: Wed 22. 9. to Wed 15. 12. Wed 10:00–11:50 učebna 50, L. Podroužková
AJ4303/03: Tue 21. 9. to Tue 14. 12. Tue 16:00–17:50 učebna 54, L. Podroužková
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The course is a general introduction to the literature for children and young readers in English, with a special focus on Young Adult Literature, and British and American regions. It features selected examples of a variety of genres, including oral literature, modern poetry, YAL, series fiction, fantasy fiction, graphic novels and manga. The class addresses students as readers, (future) teachers and (potential) parents, inviting them to explore issues related to children's and young adults' world, and models some strategies, approaches and activities that can be used in the classroom.
Learning outcomes
The goals of the course are to:
- introduce and acquaint students with the general concept of literature for children and young adults and an overview of British and American highlights;
- to tap into the students´reading histories and to address them as teachers as well as (potential) parents;
- to develop reading and other competencies and skills seminal for the 21st century;
- to address personal and social issues via reading;
- to model modern teaching methods and attitudes (project work, experiential learning and other);
- to promote and sustain life-long learning through fostering reading habits;
- to grasp literature for children and young adults as an instrument of a developing citizenship and a transgenerational and transnational dialogue;
- to present literature for children as a tool to fostering creativity and imagination;
- to model the concept of shared reading;
- to implement the theory of extensive reading according to Stephen Krashen.
  • 1. Storybooks, picture books and books for very young learners. 2. Poetry for children and young adults. 3. Fairy tales: from tradition to innovation. 4. Young adult fiction and topic-based approach to books. 5. Visual aspect of books and integrated curriculum.
  • Critical foundations in young adult literature :challenging genres. Edited by Antero Garcia. 1 online r. ISBN 9789462093980. info
  • HAHN, Daniel. The Oxford companion to children's literature. Edited by Michael Morpurgo - Humphrey Carpenter - Mari Prichard. Second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. xiii, 663. ISBN 9780199695140. info
  • NIKOLAJEVA, Maria. Reading for learning : cognitive approaches to children's literature. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. viii, 247. ISBN 9789027201577. info
  • Children's literature in second language education. Edited by Janice Bland - Christiane Lütge. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. xiii, 232. ISBN 9781441183521. info
  • Contemporary children's literature and film : engaging with theory. Edited by Kerry Mallan - Clare Bradford. 1st publ. Basinstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. viii, 188. ISBN 9780230231504. info
  • Handbook of research on children's and young adult literature. Edited by Shelby Anne Wolf. 1st publ. New York: Routledge, 2011. xii, 555. ISBN 9780415965064. info
  • ANDERSON, Nancy A. Elementary children's literature : infancy through age 13. 3rd ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010. xvii, 385. ISBN 9780137151431. info
  • Historical dictionary of children's literature. Edited by Emer O'Sullivan. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010. xxix, 341. ISBN 0810874962. info
  • CART, Michael. Young adult literature : from romance to realism. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. ix, 242. ISBN 9780838910450. info
  • Young adult literature and adolescent identity across cultures and classrooms : contexts for the literary lives of teens. Edited by Janet Alsup. London: Routledge, 2010. ix, 225. ISBN 9780415876995. info
  • The Cambridge companion to children's literature. Edited by M. O. Grenby - Andrea Immel. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xxv, 293. ISBN 9780521868198. info
  • Young adult literature and culture. Edited by Harry Edwin Eiss. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009. ix, 176 p. ISBN 9781443807326. info
  • Children's literature. Edited by M. O. Grenby. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008. xxii, 232. ISBN 9780748622740. info
  • Children's literature in English at the turn of the millennium : selected papers and workshops from the First and Second International Biennial Conferences on Children's literature in English. Edited by Bohuslav Mánek - Ralph Slayton - Pavla Machová. Hradec Králové: Gaudeamus, 2002. 235 s. ISBN 8070419407. info
  • NIKOLAJEVA, Maria. Introduction to the Theory of Children's Literature. Tallinn: Tallinn Pedag.Univ., 1996. 39 s. ISBN 9985-58-017-6. info
  • HUNT, Peter. An introduction to children's literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. 241 s. ISBN 0192892436. info
  • Art through children's literature : creative art lessons for Caldecott books. Illustrated by Debi Englebaugh. London: Teacher Ideas Press, 1994. xvi, 199. ISBN 1563081547. info
  • Children's literature : the development of criticism. Edited by Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 1990. vii, 195. ISBN 0415029937. info
  • A garland from the golden age : an anthology of children's literature from 1850 to 1900. Edited by Patricia Demers. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1983. xiv, 508. ISBN 0195404149. info
  • From instruction to delight : an anthology of Children's literature to 1850. Edited by Patricia Demers - Gordon Moyles. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1982. xii, 310. ISBN 9780195403848. info
  • Only connect : readings on children's literature. Edited by Sheila A. Egoff - L. F. Ashley - G. T. (Gordon Thomas) Stubbs. 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1980. xix, 457 p. ISBN 0-19-540309-689. info
Teaching methods
Reading and discussions, class demonstrations, simulations and activities, hands-on tasks and a mini-project.
Assessment methods
1. Class attendance and active classwork. 2. Home reading and preparation. 3. Reading with a child. 4. Learning centres. 5. Interview.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020.
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