The History of Children's Literature, from Western Europe to the United States


This course focuses on the history and development of children’s literature in Western Europe (primarily Great Britain) and the United States from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century. Texts are selected to represent different historical periods as well as a range of authors and illustrators with an emphasis on works of historical significance. Cultural and social contexts in which these works were created, distributed, and read as well as the impact of technological changes on the development of children’s literature will be considered. Examination of literary genres across decades will include a discussion of the changing concepts of childhood and multiculturalism, and historical controversies and challenges. Coursework includes reading, discussion, written assignments, and presentations.

This course may be applied to earn the Certificate in Youth Services.

Offered on demand--as need arises. Visit "Course Search" on MyDU to view course schedules.


Pre-requisite: LIS 701

Course Number: 
LIS 719