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Brushing Up on Children's Literature Basics: Art of the Picture Book

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $200)
February 1 - February 28, 2013 - PDPs: 15

This 4 week session is an overview of picture book authors, titles and series to know for new youth services librarians, those returning to the field after a hiatus, or anyone who would like to increase breadth and depth of knowledge on this topic.

Course goals:

  • Learn to evaluate the picture book format in terms of art, writing, and design
  • Develop a vocabulary to use when talking about picture books
  • Become familiar with awards given for children's picture books
  • Become aware of trends in theme, subject, style and format of children's picture books

Student expectations:

  • Read 3-5 picture books per week, choosing from a selection of 20 or so widely available titles (some may be available online or as free ebooks through OverDrive). It is expected students have the resources to request copies of books in advance of assignments, or will use their local libraries in a timely manner.
  • Keep a reading journal/blog about titles read
  • Read articles about children's literature and comment on them though participating in online discussion forums
  • Complete a study on 1 author or series, and share with classmates as a final project, contributing symposium style to the course's knowledge-base.

Workload is ~2 hours per week with many optional resources provided. Coursework is asynchronous with optional real time chats provided twice during the course.

Beth Gallaway: Library Journal Mover & Shaker Beth Gallaway is an independent library consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services. She is currently serving as the Assistant Director at the Haverhill (MA) Public Library.

Please note: While we try to be as accurate as we can be with our workshop descriptions, please contact SLIS CE or the workshop instructor to ensure that the class meets your expectations for content, format, rigor, etc.

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