How does the history of the alphabet contribute to our knowledge of early children’s books?
How has the history of children’s literature been related to the teaching of reading?
What are some of the design factors related to children’s books?
To what extent were early textbooks avenues for recreation and entertainment for children?
What distinctions can be drawn between sentiment and sentimentality in the history of children’s literature?
(b) Discuss the author’s techniques and themes in two or more of the books on the reading list for this semester. What do the books reveal about social life and the construction of childhood/adolescence?