Readings for Children’s Literature, Spring 2017

We are several weeks into the semester, so I guess it is time to post my readings! These are for the children’s literature class I teach at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Students are required to read seven books in my class. The first, which all students read, is The Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum. They will read two choice books, one based on an author and one based on a theme.

About mid-semester, my students participate in literature circles. Each group picks a book from each genre:


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Historical Fiction

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Mixed Genre Novels

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The intended audience for these books is between third grade and sixth  grade. But, adults, don’t let that stop you from reading them. They are all wonderful stories!

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