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EDC 425 Children's Literature and Social Justice: Overview

EDC 425: Dr. Francesca Pomerantz

This course is taught by Dr. Francesca Pomerantz. The course examines children’s literature (PreK-6th grade) from a social justice perspective. Students will explore the cultural assumptions embedded in children’s literature, whose voices are heard and whose are absent, how privilege and power determine what is published and accessible, and how literature can present counter narratives and inspire action to promote social justice. Students will use course resources to analyze and evaluate the literary and artistic qualities of children’s books from various viewpoints, resist censorship, and deepen understanding of how to engage children in discussion of social justice topics. 

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Childhood Education and Care Research and Instruction Librarian

Need help with Education databases or finding age appropriate children's books? Reach out to Rukmal Ryder: Reference Services and Childhood Education and Care librarian. She is available for library instruction sessions in the Childhood Education and Care department and for research assistance. Schedule an appointment here. 


phone: 978-542-6767

Teaching Books: Search Children's Literature Resources

TeachingBooks (PreK-12) is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. This one stop database provides resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

How to access TeachingBooks Database? Log in here: Please use your SSU student email to create an account or go to

Username: salemstate
Password: reads! (case-insensitive)




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