Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things are. UK: Random House, 2000
Fiction for Young Readers
This Group A topic allows students to approach children's literature critically. Students investigate picture books, junior novels and books for older readers in order to appreciate recent developments in the field. They study a range of genres: adventure; fantasy; science fiction; and adolescent fiction. The topic focuses on contemporary Australian writing, but includes outstanding work from overseas where appropriate. Students approach texts as literature, using a variety of critical perspectives. In addition, the topic considers cultural issues that affect the writing and reception of children's literature, such as censorship, ethnicity and gender. How children learn to read will also be considered. Fiction for Young Readers will be particularly beneficial for Bachelor of Education students who will be introducing their own students to literature in the classroom.
The topic adopts a flexible lecture and tutorial format. Lectures will provide an overview of a particular topic or genre, such as picture books, science fiction and fantasy. Students will then examine particular works in tutorials. Videos about contemporary writers, where available, will be incorporated into lectures.
This topic, then, aims to introduce students to contemporary Australian and overseas children's literature and to examine the crucial issues affecting children's writers and publishers. It develops students understanding of the relationship between verbal and visual narratives while also sharpening their writing and critical skills.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. UK: Oxford University Press, 2008
Ahlberg, Janet; Ahlberg, Allan. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. UK: Penguin, 1994
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. UK: HarperCollins, 2003
Mahy, Margaret; Chamberlain, Margaret (illustrator). The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. UK: Penguin, 1996
Book Review: (25%)
In-class and/or FLO activities: (10%)