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    ENG 470: Studies in Literature of Young People

    Children's Visual Narratives: Picture Books, Illustrated Books, Comics & Graphic Novels

    Syllabus for Fall 2018 Course

    Required Texts:

    • Perry Nodelman.  Words about Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books.
    • Nick Sousanis. Unflattening. Harvard UP.
    • Chip Kidd. Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design.  Workman Publishing.
    • Heinrich Hoffmann.  Struwwelpeter in English Translation. Dover.
    • Lewis Carroll.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. Illustrated by John Tenniel. Ed. Hugh Haughton, Penguin.
    • Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Warne.
    • Virginia Lee Burton. The Little House. HMH Books for Young Readers.
    • Margaret Wise Brown. Goodnight Moon. Illustrated by Clement Hurd. Harper Trophy.
    • Maurice Sendak. Where the Wild Things Are. Harper Trophy.
    • Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. Random House.
    • Elsa Holmelund Minark. Little Bear. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Harper Trophy.
    • Ezra Jack Keats. The Snowy Day. Puffin Books.
    • Faith Ringgold. Tar Beach. Dragonfly Books.
    • John Scieszka. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Illustrated by Land Smith. Puffin Books.
    • Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly. Eds. Big Fat Little Lit. Puffin Books.
    • Raina Telgemeier. Sisters. Graphix Scholastic.
    • Brian Selznick.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Scholastic.
    • Lynda Barry. One Hundred Demons. Sasquatch Books.
    • Joseph Gibaldi.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Eighth edition.  MLA.

    Perry Nodelman: website

    Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are

    Nick Sousanis. Unflattening

    Link to Sousanis website: Spin Weave and Cut.  Link to "Frames of Thought" post

    Hilary Chute's "Comics as Literature? Reading Graphic Narrative" JStor link and here's the .pdf of article

    Charles Hatfield's "An Art of Tension" .pdf

    Maps in Children's Books

    Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter


     Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Lewis Carroll's Alice books


    Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House 






    Margaret Wise Brown's Good Night Moon

    Margaret Wise Brown informationMargaret Wise Brown

    HarperCollin's 60th anniversary site for Good Night Moon

    Link to every MW Brown book with illustrations & bibliographic info

    YouTube related videos

    Clement HurdThe Little Island (under Golden MacDonald pen name). Illus.Leonard Weisgard

     A few books by Margaret Wise Brown

    from Martha Pichey. "Bunny Dearest", Vanity Fair Magazine, Dec. 2000, pp.172-18Children's Literature Maps

    Maps by students

    Readings for October 2



    Dr. Seuss


    Little Bear by Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak

    Diversity in Children's Picture Books

    Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day

    Johanna Drucker

    "Artists's Book and Picturebooks"

    Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach

    Design Matters

    article by Jon Scieszka

    Chip Kidd's Kidd's GO: Guide to Graphic Design

    Charles Schulz and Peanuts

    Perry Nodelman "Picturebook Guy Looking at Comics:  Structural Differences in Two Kids of Visual Narratives." from The Lion and The Unicorn. 2012.

    Art Spiegelman "Out of the Trash and into a Treasury.

    YouTube videos on Schulz and Charlie Brown

    "Comic Art, Children's Literature and the New Comic Studies" by Charles Hatfield published in The Lion and the Unicorn vol. 30.3 (Sept. 2006): 360-382. link to pdf of essay

    Little Lit

    Comics and Graphic Novels

    Raina TelgemeierRaina Telgemeier

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

    Brian Selznick's site for The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    Four color biography of Brian Selznick in .pdf format

    Brian Selznick talking about his childhood and writing books for children.  Video

    Interview with Selznick for BookPage, "Every picture tells a story in Selznick's 'Invention' " 2007.

    Hugo film released in November 2011

    Hugo Cabret Quilt: The Value of Gears. A video on a quilt about Hugo Cabret.

    Al Roker on the summer reading club of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Overview, Meliere images, & Roker talks with kids about book. Video. 7:30 min

    LA Times article oThe Invention of Hugo Cabret


    George Melies and early cinema 

    Still from George Melies. A Trip to the Moon. 1902

    Video of The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Brian Selznick.

    Martin Scorsese interviewed while filming Invention of Hugo Cabret

    Lynda Barry