IS 403 Literature and Resources for Children

Evaluation, selection and use of books and other resources for children (ages 0-14) in public libraries and school media centers; explores standard selection criteria for print and non-print materials in all formats and develops the ability to evaluate and promote materials according to their various uses (personal and curricular) and according to children's various needs (intellectual, emotional, social and physical).

Learning objectives

  • To become proficient in evaluating, selecting, and recommending picture books, easy readers and early chapter books, fiction, and nonfiction for children from birth to early adolescence 
  • To understand the different developmental, socio-cultural, and individual ways that children relate to books, including language acquisition, physical and emotional connection to books, books in play and imagination, reading rituals, privacy, and peer culture 
  • To learn how to introduce and discuss books with children, and to gain experience in the practical uses of children's books for literacy and curriculum use 

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2018

    • IS403AG
      Wed, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 12A
      On-Campus
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu.
      Instructor
      Elizabeth Bush
      CRN
      68266
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS403AU
      Wed, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 12A
      On-Campus
      Instructor
      Elizabeth Bush
      CRN
      68794
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
    • IS403AO
      Mon, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
      Online
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email ischool-advising@illinois.edu.
      Instructor
      Melissa Hahn
      CRN
      68946
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).