High quality children’s books will be used as a vehicle for supporting and applying current research on the acquisition of language and reading. This course will provide an overview of exemplary authors and illustrators of children’s literature from birth to age 8. Students will become familiar with Caldecott Award-winning books and the artistic techniques used to create these books. Big books will be introduced as a way of distinguishing features of print. Poetry, multicultural books, and bibliotherapy as applied to early childhood education will be studied. Students will learn how to use children’s literature to highlight the literacy elements of characterization, plot, setting, and theme. They will learn how to teach domains of language (phonology, semantics, syntax, morphology, and pragmatics) through shared storybook reading. Additionally, students will explore the teacher’s role in promoting family literacy and participate in service learning on this topic. Service Learning is a component of this course. A $25 Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) Lab fee will be assessed for all students taking ECE 155C.