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EDC 425 Children's Literature and Social Justice: Prof. Richard Giso: Overview

EDC 425 Professor Richard Giso

This course is taught by Professor Richard Giso.. 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. 

Education Resource Area Collection and Video Tutorials

Click to access Education Resource Area Video Tutorials

Education resources located in the library (2nd floor) include:
  • Education, curriculum and children's book collections, shelved in Library of Congress order. 
  • 29,000 books shelved as a unit in the second floor Education Resource Area.  Each of these items has Educ. Res. preceding its Library of Congress classification in the catalog.
  • SELECT books, big books, kits, test books and leveled readers, shelved in the second floor Education Resource Area.
  • ERA Print periodicals: alphabetically listed by title with the ERA periodical collection.
  • ERA Reference books, shelved on the 1st ERA shelf.
See more information about books and other materials in the Education Resource Area (ERA) of the library.


How to get a ClipperCard?


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Salem State NOBLE Library Catalog

Use the NOBLE online library catalog to search for books, e-books, streaming videos.  To request non-SSU items, provide your library card number on the back of your Clipper Card with your password/pin number (request password/pin number online or at the Library Help Desk)

eBooks collections

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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