AJ9303 Children's and Young Adult Literature

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 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
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans 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
  • Making Americans :children's literature from 1930 to 1960. Edited by Gary D. Schmidt. 1 online r. ISBN 9781609381929. info
  • Critical content analysis of children's and young adult literature : reframing perspective. Edited by Holly Johnson - Janelle Mathis - Kathy G. Short. First published. and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ix, 206. ISBN 9781138120099. info
  • NIKOLAJEVA, Maria. Children's literature comes of age : toward a new aesthetic. London: Routledge, 2016. xii, 239. ISBN 9781138943971. info
  • GAMBLE, Nikki. Exploring children's literature : reading with pleasure and purpose. 3rd ed. London: Sage, 2013. xiii, 271. ISBN 9781446268599. 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
  • History and the construction of the child in early British children's literature. Edited by Jackie C. Horne. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. xiv, 283 p. ISBN 9781409407898. info
  • MCCULLOCH, Fiona. Children's literature in context. London: Continuum, 2011. viii, 172. ISBN 9781847064868. 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
  • Telling children's stories : narrative theory and children's literature. Edited by Mike Cadden. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. xxv, 317. ISBN 9780803215689. 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
  • EWERS, Hans-Heino. Fundamental concepts of children's literature research : literary and sociological approaches. Translated by William J. McCann. 1st pub. New York: Routledge, 2009. ix, 187. ISBN 9780415800198. info
  • Children's literature : classic texts and contemporary trends. Edited by Heather Montgomery - Nicola J. Watson. 1st pub. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. xv, 408. ISBN 9780230227149. 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
  • O'SULLIVAN, James N. Comparative children's literature. Translated by Anthea Bell. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2005. viii, 205. ISBN 0415305519. info
  • Modern children's literature : an introduction. Edited by Kimberley Reynolds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. x, 278. ISBN 1403916128. info
  • FORGAN, James W. Teaching problem solving through children's literature. Illustrated by David Tripp. Westport: Teacher Ideas Press, 2003. ix, 197. ISBN 1563089815. 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
  • BUTZOW, Carol M. and John W. BUTZOW. Science through children's literature : an integrated approach. Illustrated by Hannah L. Ben-Zvi. 2nd ed. London: Teacher Ideas, 2000. xix, 205. ISBN 9781563086519. info
  • Children's literature and its effectsthe formative years. Edited by Cedric Cullingford. Washington: Cassell, 1998. xi, 218 p. ISBN 0304700932. info
  • A window into historyfamily memory in children's literature. Edited by Eleanor Kay MacDonald. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx, 1996. xiv, 227 p. ISBN 0897748794. 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
  • 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. Stubbs. 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1980. xix, 457. ISBN 0195403096. 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)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every other week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020.
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