This course is a survey of fiction, biography, fantasy, folk tales, poetry, informational, and picture books for children from pre-kindergarten through middle school. Emphasis is placed on selections that consider the developmental needs of children. Students identify and critique books dealing with universal, cross-cultural, gender-fair, and special needs themes. Evaluating content in the light of Christian principles is an integral part of the course. Attention is also given to exploring ways in which children can be encouraged to respond to literature and story telling in teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance to education major or consent of the instructor.