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 2020

    • IS403ACG - Children's Materials
      Wed, 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Graduate student questions may be sent to ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Karla Lucht
      CRN
      68266
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2
    • IS403ACU - Children's Materials
      Wed, 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Restricted to Undergraduates with Junior standing or above. Restricted to Information Sciences majors until one week before classes begin (by noon 8/17/2020). Undergraduate questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Karla Lucht
      CRN
      68794
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
    • IS403AOG - Children's Materials
      Thu, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      Online
      Graduate student questions may be sent to ischool-advising@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathryn Quealy
      CRN
      68946
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2
  • Summer 2020

    • IS403AO - Lit and Resources Children
      Thu, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Karla Lucht
      CRN
      40670
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2
  • Spring 2020

    • IS403AGO - Lit and Resources Children
      Wed, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Kathryn Quealy
      CRN
      70491
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2
    • IS403AUO - Lit and Resources Children
      Wed, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Online
      Undergraduate students: Priority is given to students pursuing a transfer into the BS/IS degree (http://go.ischool.illinois.edu/BSIS) until November 18, and IS Advisor Approval is required. INFO Minors will be able to register starting at noon on November 18. All restrictions will be lifted by noon on December 2. Questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathryn Quealy
      CRN
      70719
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      3

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).