Children's Literature


This course provides a representative survey of children's literature. Topics investigated will include the nature and social context of children's literature, the relationship between text and illustration, the presentation of social issues in writing for children, the role of imagination and fantasy, and the representation of Australian childhood.



  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise different genres of children's literature

2. Demonstrate understanding of different linguistic and literary properties of literature written for children

3. Demonstrate skills in interpreting the inter-relationship of text and illustrations

4. Recognise the presentation of cultural variation, human relationships and social tensions in children's literature

5. Demonstrate an understanding of themes in children's literature

6. Write an analytical essay

7. Develop reading and critical analysis skills


The course will cover a range of topics relating to current children's literature, including:

  • Social and cognitive contexts of children's literature: fantasy and realism; constructions of the child; innocence and experience; censorship; entertainment and education
  • The role of illustrations in children's books
  • Themes in current children's literature: growing up in Australia; multicultural backgrounds; humour and imagination; human relationships; social issues
  • The idea of the classic

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1 *

Essay: Essay 2 *

Journal: 5 reading journal entries *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

Ourimbah, Callaghan and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term