LIBR 522J (1)


Offered on an irregular basis


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: To examine the presence and nature of folklore in children’s literature. To learn methods of selecting, adapting, evaluating and performing traditional folktales, primarily for children and adolescents.


Upon completion of this course students will:

  • Recognize folklore that is present in children’s literature.
  • Demonstrate the basic skills and techniques for storytelling in library, school and community programs.
  • Be knowledgeable about folklore and storytelling resources.
  • Possess a breadth of knowledge about common folktale genres, themes and motifs.
  • Be familiar with different schools of criticism about folktales.


  • Historical overview of folklore in children’s literature
  • Storytelling resources
  • Selection and adaptation of folklore for different age groups
  • Storytelling practice, performance and evaluation
  • Critical theory and controversial issues