Children’s Picture Books: Banned and Bannable

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 10/22/2024
Ending: 12/10/2024
Period of Day: Period 2 In-Person
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

In many parts of the country, children’s picture books are being banned. Why is this happening? This will be an interactive course on banned and bannable children’s picture books. The class will work in groups of 4-6 and will examine and discuss books that have been banned or are vulnerable to censorship. The main topics to be covered will be: the Constitution, the right to free speech, immigration, LGBTQ+ individuals, and books about different family constellations.  The format of the class will be discussion and lecture; weekly preparation time should be about one hour.

Books and Other Resources:

I will provide the picture books we will be studying

Course Leader Bio(s)

Anna Markus

After starting in the classroom, I returned to school, and received my doctorate in education from The University of Massachusetts. I have spent the majority of my 40+ year career in academia as a professor of Developmental Psychology concentrating on progressive education, and social issues in children’s literature. I have taught at Goddard College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and The University of Massachusetts.  Later in my career I received a master’s degree in mental health counseling and worked as a therapist for several years.