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Children's Literature

This is a guide to the study of children's literature at Wayne State University.

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Welcome to the guide for Children's Literature!

We hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in Children's Literature. We have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as freely available web resources. Included in this guide are books, databases, special collection information, Internet resources, and professional associations. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with suggestions and feedback from students and faculty.

The WSU Library System strives to meet your needs for resources and information access. Please contact us if you need any assistance with library resources or services, if you would like to incorporate library resources directly into your Canvas site, or if you would like to arrange for library instruction for your classroom.

Children's Literature @ WSU

Children's Literature at Wayne State University primarily serves the College of Education, Department of English, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the School of Information Science.

The College of Education runs two programs related specifically to children's literature. They are:

  • English Education: English Education is concerned with the teaching of literature and composition in middle and secondary schools. Programs emphasize practice and research in language, writing, and response to literature. Degree programs in English Education are available at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
  • Reading, Language & Literature: The Reading, Language and Literature Program prepares graduates to work in schools, school districts or private organizations as classroom or reading teachers, clinicians, consultants or program coordinators, or, at the doctoral level, in colleges or universities as teacher educators and/or researchers.

The Department of English offers courses in Children's and Young Adults' Literature and Child Language Acquisition (cross-listed with the Linguistics and Psychology departments).

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a minor in Folklore and Fairy-Tale Studies.

The School of Information Science offers several courses related to library services for young people, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults

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Search here for books in the Wayne State Libraries Juvenile Collection, located on the 4th Floor of the Purdy Library.

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