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Senior English Elective

Children's Literature


The PVRHS English Department is planning on offering an English elective course next year. This course, which will be available for seniors, will be about children's literature. This is where you come in! Can you think of any important texts that the students of this class should read? It is up to you to come up with our curriculum. The department will take your suggestions into consideration when planning the course for next year...good luck!


Use the discussion tab above to add suggestions on which books we should include. If you agree or disagree with your peers' suggestions, you can comment on them as well.

  • Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 children's novels. Some of these important ones include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. I am sure that EVERYBODY has read these as a child, and they do have deeper meanings beneath them all....Great for kids
  • The Cam Jansen Series is excellent for children as it involves using critical thinking skills to solve a mystery in a small, easy, and fun story.
  • The Magic School Bus Series teaches children about certain science topics in depth using pictures and explanations that are fun and memorable.
  • I think that the book "The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Anderson would be a good book for the Children's Literature elective. I read this book when I was very young and I am still greatly impacted by it. It is a sad story about a poor, lonely little girl. It teaches a great lesson on love and I feel that everyone will enjoy this book.
  • Jumanji is a great book for children to read. This is because although there was a movie about it, the book was great. I recall reading it as a child and I loved it even though some scenes were pretty vulgar. But, with the pictures in the entire book, in overall, the book wa great. As the author from Carolhurst.com states, "How carefully he did Judy's hair; you can see every strand in her braids and the folds in Peter's shirt get equal attention, but look at the woman's throat. There are no lines and her pearls look flat. The flowers in the foreground are carefully sculpted and Peter and Judy's hands look very real but the man standing beside Peter has strangely flat fingers. Not letting us see the faces of the adults is a nice touch. It's the kids who are important here". By what this author states is that the book is about kids and how they work without adults. This book shows independence from elders in the beginning, but dependence from other kids (sort of a paradox, no?) What do you all think?
  • I would love to see I Love You Forever and Always on the curriculum for seniors because it has such an emotional bond to all readers of all ages, I still today have a copy of this book in my room, and I'm a sophomore in high school. It teacher about growing up, getting old, and realizing what matters most for you. I also believe it contains a lot of symbolism.
  • Other children's books include:
    - Green eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Horton Hatches the egg by Dr. Seuss
    -Oh, the places you'll go also by Dr. Seuss
    -Where the Wild Things are/ Chicken Soup and Rice/ Pierre are all books by Maurice Sendak
    -The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
    -Curious George by Margret and H.A Rey's
    -The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
    -Arthur by Marc Brown
    -The Rainbow Fish- Marcus Pfister
    -Corduroy- Don Freeman
    -The giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    -Where the Sidewalk Ends
    -Flat stanley-Jeff Brown
    - Horrible Harry by Frank Remkiewicz
    - The Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter