College of Education
ECED 325: Literature and Library for the Young Child (3 credits)
This topics course will provide an opportunity to become familiar with many books intended for
the birth through age 8 audience, ways that libraries can involve children of this age and ideas for
involving families in literature and library activities.
Zabel Hall 243
Office hours by appointment
Mode, Time and Place: Online via Blackboard
Texts: Lilly, E. & Green, C. (2003). Developing Partnerships with Families Through Children's
Students who complete this course should
•be able to choose books for young children utilizing developmentally appropriate criteria
•create a (manual or electronic) database of children’s books that can be used in the student’s
•be aware of library programs for families and their children
•be active in involving families with books and libraries
•titles, authors and genres of books for young children
•selection criteria for books for young children
•connecting families with books
•connecting families with libraries
Course Requirements/Assignments/Attendance Expectations
(Complete details on all assignments are in the online course material.)
1. Students will read chapters from the textbook per the assigned schedule and respond to them
through interaction discussion on Blackboard.
2. Students will read 3 to 5 children’s books related to chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7 (a total of 12 to 20
books) that reflect the content being discussed in the text and on Blackboard. They will provide
book talks or other responses about these books. See schedule.
3. Based on research of programs offered in other locations, students will design and implement
a big project that connects families (including their young children) to books and libraries.
4. Students will conduct a small project based on ideas from the textbook (or by arrangement
with the instructor).
Students will receive a scoring guide for each major requirement.
Each of the four requirements will receive a letter grade. These will be weighted in the following
way to determine the course grade.
Chapter reading & Discussion boards 40%
Book talks 20%
Small project 10%
Big project 30%
Brief Outline of Course:
Students will interact weekly (we will skip a couple weeks while you plan your projects) on
discussion boards, will submit evidence of reading and responding to books on a weekly basis,
will have a small project of individual choice, and will have a term long project of connecting
families with books and libraries.
Student Conduct: All students are expected to adhere to the student conduct code. All members
of the Eastern Oregon University academic community are responsible for compliance with its
Academic Honesty Code. Please refer to the EOU website.
Eastern Oregon University places a high value upon the integrity of its student scholars. Any
student found guilty of an act of academic misconduct (including, but not limited to, cheating,
plagiarism, or theft of an examination or supplies) may be subject to having his or her grade
reduced in the course in question, being placed on probation or suspended from the University,
or being expelled from the University—or a combination of these. Please see Student Handbook
Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Eastern Oregon University is
committed to providing services that assure that all eligible persons have access to its programs
and operations. If you are in need of special services, please contact the Disability Services
Program in Loso Hall 234. Telephone: 541-962-3081.
Syllabus developed by Carol Lauritzen for Winter 2007, revised for Winter 2008
Modified by Sharon Porter, Winter 2008