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Are you an aspiring teacher, librarian, writer or publishing professional? Or are you just fascinated by writing for young people? This unit explores the diverse and challenging world of writing for children and young adults. Through a variety of genres—such as picture books, graphic and prose novels, and short stories—you will investigate how books for young people deal with the big themes of growing up and living in a changing and challenging world. This unit examines: different perspectives on the values and challenges of books for young people;· the distinctive logics and practices of creative writing for young people; and, current themes and debates in the study of children’s literature. Through weekly writing exercises and extended research and analytical projects, you will learn what it takes to publish, write, and critique works for young audiences.

Summary 2020

Unit name The World of Children's Books
Unit code HEN205
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English

Associate Lecturer Eliza Murphy

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarise the main trends, themes, concepts, and texts and contexts in the history of children’s and young adult’s literature.
  2. Evaluate the role children’s and young adult literature in education, children’s development, and culture generally.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to draft an effective piece of writing for a young audience.
  4. Develop and communicate ideas through collaboration and discussion with peers using formal academic writing.




25 points at Introductory level in any discipline in any Faculty



Weekly writing activities (30%)

In-class presentation and activities (on-campus students) or Online exercises and responses (off-campus students(20%)

Research essay (50%)

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