ENG 470: Tween Literature and Culture
Resources in children's literature research for college students, teachers, librarians & academics
- Link to .pdf of Mark I. West's "Key Reference Works Related to Children's Literature " from Everyone's Guide to Children's Literature.
- Guide to Research in Children's and Young Adult Literature at the University of Illinois. Many resources are also at Milner Library. Thorough, well annotated lists of books.
- Resources from universities: Children's Literature Pathfinder for Parents and Teachers at Univ. of South Florida. Humboldt State Univ. library's resources. Michigan State library's resources.
- Online Children's Literature Journals
- Journals that publish articles on children's literature research & criticism. Compiled by Wally Hastings & Michael Joseph
- Children's Literature Resources on the Internet from School Libraries Online.
- Grad students' annotated lists: Children's Literature Research Resources by librarian & NC State grad student. Frank Rogers' (U of Ga grad student) general children's lit resources
- Children's literature book awards and Victorian Literature resources on this website.
Even more Research & Writing Resources on Children's Literature are on this page of this website
If you've never written a critical literary analysis paper before, read "How to Write a Research Paper in Literature" by Geoff Baker at Chico State University (.pdf format)
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Skeleton Creek website, with videos.
SarahFincher.com. website requires password. check the book.
Skeleton Creek readers' guide from Scholastic, in .pdf format
- "House of Usher" Skeleton Creek video. YouTube (2:11)
- Patrick Carman video on TEDxNYED. YouTube
- Blair Witch Project. The film's website. Trailer from 1999 film.
- Annette Lamb. "Reading Redefinded for a Transmedia Universe" Learning & Leading with Technology. (Nov. 2011):12-17 (.pdf document)
- "Read Beyond the Lines: Transmedia has changed the very notion of books and reading" (Nov. 4, 2011) by Patrick Carman (.pdf document)
- "Patrick Carman's print-video hybrid targets readers for a digital age."article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (2/26/2009)
- "Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age" from the Joan Cooney Gantz Center at Sesame Workshop (.pdf document)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Articles related to The Hunger Games
- "Fresh Hell: What's Behind the Boom in Dystopian Fiction for Young Readers" by Laura Miller (in .pdf format)
- "Scary World" by John Green article on The Hunger Games and The Dead and the Gone in the The New York Times Magazine Nov. 2008.
- "Suzanne Collins's War Stories for Kids" by Suzanne Dominus from The New York Times April 8, 2011 (in .pdf format)
- "The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction" critics debate The Hunger Games and related novels on the The New York Times website in Dec. 2010
Scholastic's teacher's guide to The Hunger Games
Videos on YouTube connected to studying The Hunger Games
- Interview with Suzanne Collins. Part 1 "Classical Inspiration" (1:30) Part 2 "Contemporary Inspiration" (1:13) Part 3 "Desensitization" (1:21)
- The Hunger Games trailers for 2012 film. Nov. 2011 trailer. Sept. 2011 trailer. [Fan site with regular updates for Hunger Games film]
- Battle Royal. Japanese film adaptation of the book: Trailer with English subtitles (1:39). Fanmade trailer hypothesizing Battle Royal for American audiences (1 min)
- The Truman Show. Trailer (2:30 min) Edited into 10 min highlights.
- The Chocolate War. Trailer for film based on Robert Cormier's book
- Gladiator. Trailer for the film. (1:26)
- "I'm Spartacus": famous scene from Spartacus (1960) with Kirk Douglas (2:16)
Map of Panem, a teacher's detailed analysis of the US map as re-imagined in the Hunger Games series
" 'The Hunger-Games':popular, violent, and rated PG-13" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article (March 2011) questions violence in book and upcoming film
The Hunger Games wikia with 285 pages
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket official website
A Series of Unfortunate Events website
Teaching site about A Series of Unfortunate Events for kids, teachers, and librarians. Includes links to lesson plans and merchandise and explanation of V.F.D.
Lemony Snicket's NaNoWriMo Pep Talk from 2010
David Perdue's Illustrations to Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
- Daniel Handler singing "Scream and Run Away" live at the MusicBox (4:04)
- Scream and Run Away, Bob Dylan card version (1:44)
- Lemony Snicket highlights. (3:31)
- Stephin Merritt and Daniel Handler perform "Scream and Run Away" (3:18)
- "Strange Powers" documentary on Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. Trailer. (4:17) b/w
- Trailer for The Night of the Hunter, 1955 film with Robert Mitchum and Shelly Winters that inspired Handler (2:09)
- "Love-Hate" from The Night of the Hunter. (:57)
Thirteen observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a distance
The Telegraph of London interviews Daniel Handler "the enigma behind Lemony Snicket"
Chasing Vermeer links
- Scholastic's Blue Balliet's website. Video of Blue Balliett talking about writing
- Chasing Vermeer website with ideas and links
- Ashland School's Chasing Vermeer: A Mystery within a mystery. Has images of all the black-and-white drawings within the book and helps to solve the interior mystery
- Interview with Blue Balilett on Book Page
- Chasing Vermeer webquest site. Lots of links and interesting ideas.
Art related links
- Vermeer: The Complete Works. Use the magnifying glass to see the details
- Essential Vermeer. Wealth of information
- Alexander Calder exhibit at the National Gallery of Art
- Calder Foundation website
- Petra: Lost City of Stone, site from the American Museum of Natural History
- National Gallery of Art's website for kids. lots of cool interactive things to do
- Lo! A Hypertext Edition of Charles Hoy Fort's Books. Website on Charles Hoy Fort: Frogstone.net.
- BBC guide to info on Fort. International Fortean Organization
- Printable pentominos in .pdf format
- Pentominoes information and organization. More Pentomino information
- Using Chasing Vermeer as a math lesson for 3rd and 4th graders
Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern
Susie Morgenstern's official website, English part.
Biographical notes on Susie Morgenstern from Alliance Francaise USA
Jama Rattigan's blog Alphabet Soup with detailed overview and praise for Secret Letters. Lots of delicious photos!
Thoughtful review at Books4yourkids.com blog
Interview with Susie Morgenstern from June 2011
Bemelman's Madeline, official website of the Madeline picturebooks by Ludwig Bemelman
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Excerpts from The Little Prince, charming
- RIT student's wiki paper on themes in The Little Prince
- Why is The Little Prince still famous? from the official site, in English
- Official commercial site for Le Petit Prince, in French
Chez Panisse, website for the groundbreaking restaurant in Berkeley, California, started by Alice Waters.
Susina, Jan and Jodie Slothower. “Delicious Supplements: Cookbooks as Additives to Children’s Texts.” Food in Children’s Literature. Eds. Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard. New York: Routledge Press, 2009. Link to info about book and Link to a .pdf of the chapter
Recipe for Moroccan Stew, vegetarian version but similar to what was eaten in the book (in .pdf format)
Welcome to Lizard Motel by Barbara Feinberg
- NPR Interview with Barbara Feinberg, Oct. 2004.
- "A Good Book Should Make You Cry" essay in The New York Times by Laura Miller. Aug. 2004
- Author Gail Gauthier's blog post "So Long to Lizard Motel"
Tweens and Popular Culture
Peggy Tally's "Re-imaging Girlhood: Hollywood and the Tween Girl Film Market" for Oct 26 (in .pdf format). From Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood. Eds. Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. 2005.
"The Gossip Mill: Alloy, the teen-entertainment factory" by Rebecca Mead, in The New Yorker. In pdf format
Websites by Tweens
Tavi Gevinson, high-fashion teen girl blogger in Oak Park, IL. Chicago Tribune article on Oct. 2, 2011 (.pdf) Link to Rookiemag.com Link to her Tumblr site. Link to her blog.Tweenage Wasteland on HelloGiggles.com by Mikaela Foster, a 12-year-old blogger.
Fashionista.com critiques blogs of Tavi and Madonna's daughter Lourdes. (June 2010)
Music for Tweens
- Lizzie Widdicombe's article on Taylor Swift: "Young Belong With Me" from The New Yorker. Oct 20, 2011 (.pdf article)
- "Parent Regrets: Why I Wish We Had Never Gone to See Taylor Swift" by Andrea Lampros on Huffington Post (Aug 16, 2011)
- A 17-year old California girl reviews a Taylor Swift concert in Oct. 2011 on Huffington Teen Post
- Taylor Swift's video of "Fifteen" YouTube. 5:04.
- Taylor Swift's vide of "You Belong With Me" YouTube 3:48.
- Miley Cyrus performing "Girls Night Out" in concert. YouTube. 4:20 min.
- "7 Things" Miley Cyrus video, official version. YouTube 3:40 min.
- Official Disney version of Hannah Montana's Rockstar concert video. From the film tour. YouTube 3:12 min.
- 2006 Time article on Hannah Montana "A Disney Star is Born"
- Official Miley Cyrus website
- "Baby" featuring Ludacris. YouTube video 3:45 min.
- "One Less Lonely Girl" YouTube. 3:48 min
- Never Say Never film site.
- Rolling Stone gets a glimpse into Beiber. Feb. 2011
- Guardian reporter Jon Ronson interviews Beiber in Nov. 2010.
- Camp Rock. Demi Lovato "This is Me" YouTube 3:12 Min.
- "Burning Up" Jonas Brothers. YouTube. 3:28 min. "Lovebug" YouTube video
- 2010 Kids Choice Awards. Highlights of photo and interviews. See the latest stars. YouTube. 3:44 min
Top 40 Hitmakers
- "She's No You" performed by Jesse McCartney. YouTube. 3:20 min
- "Friday" performed by Rebecca Black. YT. 3:48 min
- "Teenage Dream and Firework" performed live on the BBC by Katy Perry. YT. 9 min
- "I Kissed a Girl" live performance by Katy Perry. YT. 3:05 min
- "I Want It All" Ashley Tisadale from High School Musical 3
- "Keep Your Head in the Game" Zac Efron from High School Musical 1 with lyrics
- Raven-Symone. "Backflip" YouTube. 3:43 min.
- The Cheetah Girls. "Girl Power." YouTube. 2:36 min. "Step Up" The Cheetah Girls 2. YouTube
Tween music history
- "Daydream Believer" The Monkees. video from the tv show. YouTube. 2:35 min. Smash Mouth's version from Shrek.
- Donny Osmonds and the Osmond Brothers "Puppy Love" 1972 Ohio State Fair show footage.
- "Rockin' Robin" The Jackson 5 performing live on the Top of the Pops tv show. "I Want You Back" 1976 performance on the Joey Bishop tv show, a little rough but you can get the idea. YouTube
- "Satisfaction" performed by the Rolling Stones in 1965 on Shindig tv show. YouTube. "Play with Fire" 1965 version.
- "She Loves You" The Beatles Manchester. 1963
- "Love Me Tender" Elvis Presley "Trouble"
Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" Will and Jada Smith's 9-year-old daughter first hip-hop music video. Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen spoof this tune while channeling Neil Young. YouTube video 3:49 min
TV for Tweens
"First the Tween Heart, Now the Soul" New York Times (3/25/2010) article about tween TV creator and music guy, Dan Schneider
TV shows for tweens emphasize being famous, according to study by UCLA psychologists. In 1967 shows for same audience emphasized community feelings and benevolence Read article in Time from July 2011
Bud, Not Buddy
- "Shenandoah" performed by Arlo Guthrie with paintings.
- "Minnie the Moocher" performed by Cab Calloway.
- "Take the A Train" performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1943.
- "It Don't Mean a Thing" performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1943.
Articles related to Curtis receiving the Newbery Award for Bud, Not Buddy.
"Porters Helped Build the Black Middle Class" NPR segment. May 7, 2009.
"America on the Move: Pullman Porters" from the National Museum of American History exhibit
From Jazz: A film by Ken Burns on PBS. segment "Jazz in the Time of the Great Depression"
History of Jazz/Black History in America from Scholastic.com
The Great Depression: An African-American Perspective
Growing up Black in the 1930s. Interview with Mrs. Peacolia Barge, born in 1923 in Alabama
Carol Hurst's site on teaching Bud, Not Buddy
Teaching materials for Bud, Not Buddy play for children. Detailed. in .pdf format
Nashville Children's Theater's segments from Bud, Not Buddy. YouTube video 3:10
Links to information about the author
- Christopher Paul Curtis' official website with Random House. Curtis' own website
- Curtis on NBC Today Show talking about Bud, Not Buddy
- Transcript of interview of Curtis at New York Public Library
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Surviving the Dust Bowl, a PBS series. Website has related photos, articles and short videos.
Hard Times Come Again No More with photographs. YouTube 2:37 min
Riding the Rails, a PBS series about the more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America. Website has interviews, articles, teachers' resources.
Visions in the Dust: Lesson Plans for teaching about the Great Depression, including using Out of the Dust.
American Memory: From the Great Depression to World War II. Library of Congress site of the photographs from the Farm Security Administration to the Office of War, showing Americans at home, work and play.
Interview with author Karen Hesse
Carol Hurst's teaching guide for Out of the Dust
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Reading for class: "Classics for Cool Kids: Popular and Unpopular Versions of Antiquity for Children" by Sheila Murnaghan. Classical World, v. 104 no3 (Spring 2011) p. 339-53. 2011. (in .pdf format)
Videos of Perseus/Percy Jackson
- Clash of the Titans (2010): trailer. YT 2:14 "Release the Kraken" segment YT 1:30 Medusa fight scene section YT 1:28
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Trailer 2 YT 1:43 Percy Vs. Annabeth Capture the Flag. YT :51 Medusa scene with Uma Thurman. YT 1:18
- Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. in the works for 2012
- Clash of the Titans (1981) Trailer. YT 2:29. Comparison of Medusa scene in 1981 and 2010 version YT 8 min
Rick Riordan's website. Riordan's website section about Percy Jackson. Riordan's blog
Percy Jackson and the Olympians website
Percy Jackson's UK site
Scholastic's bio on Riordan
Reading guide (in .pdf) to The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan's Twitter feed
The Last Hero site, the next in the Olympians series
Videos of Rick Riordan
- Rick Riordan at the Decatur Book Festival in 2007 talking about his books. YouTube 9. min
- Rick Riordan in 2009 at Barnes & Noble in Mesa, Arizona. YouTube (5:43 min video) Answers questions. Part 2 of Riordan at Mesa, Az. (6 min video)
- Rick Riordan at Library of Congress 2009 Book Festival. (19 min YouTube video)
- 2 middle school boys in Florida introduce their video of Riordan on his local visit in 2009. Real kids, real readers talking about a series they love. (7 min)
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Reading guide, from publisher HarperCollins, for Ella Enchanted
- Official website for Gail Carson Levine. Her blog.
- Miramax's official film site for Ella Enchanted. Includes 3 video clips
- From the film Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway. Short video of how Ella does whatever anyone says. 1:11 Last fight of Ella Enchanted. 5:35 Meeting Prince Char. 1:34
- Ever After, film with Drew Barrymore. Danielle saves Henry from the gypsies.1:16 Danielle saves old servant. 2:15
- Bio of Levine and author talk on Kidsread.com
- Scholastic's website for Ella Enchanted with links to reading guide and teaching ideas
- Girl reviews the book on One Minute Critic. video. 1:11 YouTube
- Literature Learning Ladders, a teaching website, with extensive ideas on teaching EE
- Cinderella goes to school, teaching ideas for EE and Cinderella
- Cinderella Project, from thede Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. Links to various versions. easiest way seem to click on the Archive Link.
- Cinderella Stories: Academic approach from Univ. of Calgary on many Cinderella stories and critical analysis.
Video games for tweens
"Learning by Playing" by Sara Corbett in The New York Times, Sept. 2010 (.pdf file)
"Gaming in Education" from Indiana University School of Education, Robert Appelman. (2:44 Min) with Jackson Creek Middle School Kids
Popular virtual game sites for boys and girls include:
Club Penguin. Children are penguins who decorate their own igloos and waddel around the Club Penguin world. Popular for parties, kids chatting and weekly newspaper.
- Club Penguin YouTube Videos Mini Fall Fair Igloo Party. In the video for Christmas Party 2008 you can see how viewers move through different places Halloween Candy Hunt 2010 "PuffyDestin9 interviews Radrobot" penguins in a talk show format.
Garden Party. Avatars are stylized kids. They live in treehouses and grow magical objects which they can then use or trade. Click "Watch video" to learn about Garden Party.
PopTropica PopTropica is published by Pearson Education division, so it has educational content. Also lots of puzzles and interactive sites. More controlled environment than the 2 above. Puzzles tend to be a little harder.
ToonTown: good characters try to take over the bad guys (Lawyers and suits) by fighting with gags. "Taking Over a Building" video shows how toons fight together against the Bossbots. "ToonTown Funny VP" is similar by more amusing and you see more of ToonTown
Planet Cozmo A virtual reality site that emphasizes tween/teen pop culture and music.
Nick.com. Nickelodeon's website, one of the biggest for children with numerous games, links to tv shows and more.
Popular virtual game sites for just girls include:
BarbieGirls.com virtual reality And an essay analyzing BarbieGirls.com by Sara Grimes.
BellaSara. Tales about North of North's mysterious lost herds of horses. Play online.
- Brain Pop
- 39 Clues site that links books, videos, games and clues.
- KidzClix.Net. Fun, lively, educational site.
Videos of first-person shooter and role playing action games
Articles and adult ideas on kids' video games.
"Social Networking: A Parent's Guide" information from the Federal Trade Commission on teaching kids virtual world safety
"Designing-websites-for-kids-trends-and-best-practices/est practices on how to attract kids" from Smashing Magazine, a journal on web design. Article explains why Club Penguin and other sites work, or don't.
Understanding Multimedia Learning. Research, funded by BrainPop, on using educational technology (.pdf)
- Banned Books reading at ISU: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm at Center for the Arts. Organized by ENG 470. Free! Graduate students will read selections and talk about why books were banned. More info in Pantagraph article
- Frequently challenged books, list by year.
- Information from the ALA bout 2010 banned books
- Banned Book Week, more information
- In 2010, Jan Susina read a section from To Kill a Mockingbird at the Milner Library's banned books reading
"Reproduction of Mothering" by Lucy Rollins. essay in .pdf format
"The Lion and the Mouse: The battle that reshaped children's literature." essay in The New Yorker by Jill Lepore (July 21, 2008). Sources Lepore used for this essay, in pdf format.
Interviews by NPR's Melissa Block of E.B. White's relatives and author of annotated Charlotte Web on White's creation of the novel. (8-4-2008)
Link to "Natural History," an E.B. White poem about spiders from 1929
E.B. White in The New Yorker, May 23, 1953: "Walden is the only book I own, although there are some others unclaimed on my shelves. Every man, I think, reads one book in his life, and this one is mine. It is not the best book I ever encountered, perhaps, but it is for me the handiest, and I keep it about me in much the same way one carries a handkerchief - for relief in moments of defluxion or despair."
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Read for Wed., Sept. 14: Robin Amelia Morris. "The Secret Development of a Girl Writer: Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy." from Mystery in Children's Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural. Eds. Adrienne E. Gavin and Christopher Routledge. Palgrave. (in .pdf form)
Purple Socks, an unofficial Louise Fitzhugh tribute site. Good collection of information.
"Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy" an NPR story by Neva Grant on March 3, 2008.
Wake County, North Carolina, Library .pdf 7 page document for kids reading and thinking about Harriet the Spy, includes questions and list of similar books. Fans may like Harriet Spies Again, a 2002 continuation published by Random House.
Harriet the Spy 1996 movie, by Nickelodeon, featuring Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Trachtenberg. Link to imdb page.
"I can see why this book is a classic, though. It is honest, frank, and kept me turning the pages. But I don't know many kids who would actually write such mean things down. Maybe it was a product of how she was raised . . . Hmm." -- from review on Ink Splot 26 by Ratha, STACKS reviewer
- First day of middle school for boy going into sixth grade. 1:03
- Maya's First day of 7th grade. with parents' voiceover. :52 1st day of 6th grade for Rosie. 2:12
- My Middle School Survival Guide 10:00.
- Middle School Survival from Glitter Guitar Goddess 9:52 .heartfelt tips by a teen girl
- Stuck locker. :24
- How to get a girlfriend in middle school, by a boy. 1:15 min. Two boys on how to get a girlfriend in 7th grade 1:17. watch just to :47 as it gets noisy
- How to get a boyfriend by an 11 year old girl. decent tips. 9:04
- Two girls on How to survive 7th grade #1 3:54 min
- How to be popular in middle school, with emphasis on makeup. 14 min How to be a cool middle school girl. (kind of a spoof, but not totally) 9:46
- Middle school orientation. 3:43 min
- First day middle school for 6th grade Poulsbo Middle School, a news report. 1:40 min
- Eighth grade girl on the night before school starts. "Mean girls, middle school & being positive" 12:34
- Orientation video created by Tarrant Middle School staff 3:15 min
What's life like for middle schoolers and tweens today?
- Links to schools: Chiddix Jr. High in Normal. Kingsley Jr. High in Normal. Bloomington Jr. High. Cary Academy in Raleigh
- Tween Lingo: a complete dictionary for parents of tweens and Instant Message
- Top 100 kids' search terms in 2009 from Family Online
- Components of a good middle school, according to the National Middle School Association
- "Taking the Middle out of Middle School" a 2007 series from The New York Times on rethinking middle school concept
- What middle school parents should know by Nancy Darling from Psychology Today (Sept. 9, 2010)
- GreatSchools.org section on Reading during Middle School
- Reading habits of teens and tweens article from Nov. 1, 2010 Washington Post
- This American Life, a radio show heard on NPR, devotes entire show to Middle Schoolers. Here's the link to the Oct. 2011 show. Here's a link to a Jan. 2011 show about kids and politics.
Official website of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Clips from the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid on YouTube:
- Advice from older brother on surviving middle school. 1 min
- The Cheese Touch 1:10 min
- Greg wrestles Patty 1 min
- "Intellectual wasteland" at middle school 1min
- Trailer for the Dairy of a Wimpy Kid film (2010)
- :30 TV promo on YouTube
Blog of Jeff Kinney. Diary of a Wimpy Kid's creator.
Jeff Kinney interviewed Oct. 22, 2009 on NPR. He answers kids' questions.
Jeff Kinney at the 2009 National Book Festival/Library of Congress. YouTube 20: min
by Jennifer Holm
Bildungsroman blog interviews Jennifer Holm. March 9, 2007.
Matthew Holm's official website. Interview with Jennifer and Matthew Holm about their Babymouse series. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 24, 2008
- "Reimagining the Monkey King in Comics: Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese" by Lan Dong from The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature. Eds. Julia L. Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone. New York: OUP, 2011. (in .pdf format)
- Informative video on American Born Chinese including narrative by Yang and positive critiques from librarians. YouTube 2:35 min
- Gene Yang's website HumbleComics
- Monkey King with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. YouTube video 8 min.
- Boy does a video book review of American Born Chinese. YT. 3 min
- Weblog of First Second, publisher of American Born Chinese, as well as others including Prince of Persia, Sardine in Outer Space, The Lost Colony, and Alan's War
- NPR interview with Gene Yang (1/23/08)
- Kids act last section of film. YouTube 3:35 min
- Back Dormitory Boys. BDB's VBlog on YouTube. BDB's Chinese website. BDB's web blog
Scholastic's website for Smile. Scroll down for short video, too.
First chapter of Smile, which began as a webcomic. Scroll down to see entire comic in web form.
NYC Graphic Novelists website has a long, lively interview with Raina Telgemeier. Feb 26, 2010.
"Teeth Marks: An Interview with Raina Telgemeier" at the Graphic Novel Reporter website.
School Library Journal's interview with Telgemeier from June 13, 2010
Girlamatic: a webcomics magazine where Telgemeier began Smile
The Baby-sitter's Club in graphic novel format by Telgemeier. the Scholastic site.
Raina Telgemeier visits the middle school of Churchill School, an independent school in New York City for kids with learning disabilities
- Jennifer Holm. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf. (Simon & Schuster)
- Jeff Kinney. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (Amulet)
- Raina Telgemeier. Smile. (Graphix)
- Gene Luen Yang. American Born Chinese. (FirstSecond)
- E. B. White. Charlotte's Web. (HarperCollins)
- Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet the Spy. (Yearling)
- Gail Carson Levine. Ella Enchanted. (HarperCollins)
- Rick Riordan. The Lightning Thief. (HyperionMiramax)
- Karen Hesse. Out of the Dust. (Scholastic)
- Christopher Paul Curtis. Bud, Not Buddy. (Yearling)
- Susie Morgenstern. Secret Letters from 0 to 10. (Puffin Books)
- Lemony Snicket. The Bad Beginning, or Orphans! (HarperCollins)
- Blue Balliet. Chasing Vermeer. (Scholastic)
- Patrick Carman. Skeleton Creek. (Scholastic)
- Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games. (Scholastic)
The course will be conducted as a seminar. Each student will give an oral presentation on a pre-arranged topic. Students will write two, short, critical papers: on a non-print tween text (5-10 pages) and a longer, critical paper on a tween book or series (14 - 18 pages). Throughout the semester, there will be short written assignments related to the primary and critical readings. Students will be expected to engage in active class discussions and attend class.