February 26 Reviewing Children’s Media


President Obama’s favorite book: Where the Wild Things Are

1. Review and discuss the Padlet Walls: Children’s Media Review Websites. Share a link to your Padlet wall via Twitter.

Renee introduces the 5 CRITICAL QUESTIONS of media literacy: (1) Who is the author and what is the purpose? (2) What techniques are used to attract attention? (3) What lifestyles, values and points of view are presented? (4) How might different people interpret the message differently? (5) What is omitted? Check out Renee’s video introducing these questions to middle-school students. 

2. Discuss generic differences between reviews for different purposes: (1) library collection development, (2) promotion and marketing, (3) critical analysis and critique and (4) personal aesthetic response. Let’s view and discuss the first 3 minutes of these examples, then use the space here to write about our response.

3. What’s educational about educational TV? View SuperWhy and discuss.


1. FOR LIBRARIANS.  Watch this video that offers the best advice ever on how to read books to children. Then identify the 1 – 2 insights or “ahas” that were most meaningful to you on the TItanpad or as a FlipGrid response.

2. FOR MEDIA STUDENTS. Watch this video of Rincey, whose YouTube videos reach 80,000 people. What are the most meaningful insights or take-aways from this video? What kind of research questions might be explored in examining the motivations of the people active in the BookTube community? Compose a FlipGrid to respond.

3. ALL STUDENTS. Add something to our LSC530 curated list. Share a favorite children’s or young adult blogger, vloggers, video production, audio podcast, music, social media website or some other resource lets us explore the diversity of new genres where adults  and kids review and talk about books, films, and other media.


DUE: Email proposal to the instructor about Final Paper/Creative Project. Please include a concept, rationale, target audience and description of your anticipated learning outcomes. If you have ideas about a timeline or work plan, include this information, too.


***READ: Reynolds, Kimberley (2011). Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. Chapters 1 – 3  ( pp. 1 – 77)

*** Be prepared to identify 3 – 5 key passages from Reynolds and discuss them in relation to themes explored so far in the course. As you read, you may find it useful to review the list of key ideas from Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3

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