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Children’s lit class, fall 2016

Lolly's Classroom booksI’ve been teaching children’s lit in the spring for the past few years, but this year we’re changing to the fall semester. So I’m giving up having a nice break between the end of last year’s class and the start of this year’s, but I’m gaining a chance to hold our mock awards at the right time of year — just before the real awards are announced.

I’m not changing much on the syllabus this year, except to add a title to our nonfiction week. But I am planning to change how we hold our discussions on this blog. Instead of making separate posts for each book, we’ll just put everything for the week into one post. As always, I hope all of you will chime in with your reactions to our books, and to the other comments.

Here’s a list of the books and articles we’ll be reading, week by week. Posts will go up on Wednesday nights just after class and students are asked to comment by 5 p.m. Monday, two days before class.

Posting Oct. 5 for class #1 on Oct. 12

Posting Oct. 12 for class #2 on Oct. 19

  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
  • That New Animal by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Pierre Pratt
  • There Is a Bird On Your Head! by Mo Willems
  • Ling and Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin
  • Picture This by Molly Bang

Posting Oct. 19 for class #3 on Oct. 26

Posting Oct. 26 for class #4 on Nov. 9

Posting Nov. 9 for class #5 on Nov. 16

  •  Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • Poetrees by Douglas Florian
  • A Kick in the Head by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
  • Horn Book article about using poetry in classrooms:

Posting Nov. 16 for class #6 on Nov. 30


Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. Elizabeth Volkmann says:

    Hello, Are we being invited to basically audit your course, Lolly?! Am I miss reading this? Where we read and post thoughts? Thank you. Elizabeth

  2. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Hello, Elizabeth –
    Well, I guess that’s one way to look at it! You won’t get to listen in on the actual class every week (Wednesdays from 5-8 at Harvard Ed School). But I do think reading and discussing these books are the crux of the class.

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