Hi, everybody. My name is Sandra M. Mejia. I am a 5th year student majoring in Psychology and Japanese with a minor in English and a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate. I am a New Yorker at the core since I moved to Florida during high school. My hope is to go back to the north after finishing schooling here in Florida and teach high school English. Also, due to my interests and having studied abroad in Japan, I want stop in Asia to teach at some point in the near future, but we’ll see what happens.
Here is a picture of me. Be warned: my hair color changes often. 🙂
Now onto why I am taking this class. As I said before, I want to teach high school so I thought a course on Children’s Literature would be relevant. Now that I’ve seen the list of books we’re reading, they are definitely quite relevant, and I think it’s interesting that we’ll be analyzing them. I’m looking forward to reading everything on the list, especially the books I’ve never even heard of like The Water Babies and The Princess and the Goblin. I am a little worried that we have spent too much time talking about whether or not it is valid to study children’s literature or not and why it matters, so I hope we don’t come back to this topic. Why would we have the class if it wasn’t valid, you know? I think it’s completely valid as a field of study, and I don’t see why studying the Harry Potter series would be any different from analyzing the content and meaning of Moby Dick. If you look at literature studies in general, it’s basically a bunch of bookworms who love to read and study what they read. You could almost say that about any field of study in higher education. They are full of people who are really interested in a topic and just want to share it with the rest of the world, so why not?
As for what I think defines “Children’s Literature,” I’m not sure what else to say besides children’s literature is made up of the books written with children as the intended audience and any books children themselves actually pick up to read. I’ve never thought about trying to define what kinds of books children’s literature is comprised of, and when I was child (baby age to about 8th grade), I was quite the bookworm and read all kinds of things. I actually don’t really care which books are defined to be children’s literature because every child is different, and how quickly they develop and age don’t always match whatever is considered “normal” or “average” so I think whatever list that would be is irrelevant when considering what a child will actually read. However, a list would be useful to help parents in choosing books for their children when they might not know what to pick up themselves.
Anyways, I’m excited to read all the books assigned for this class and to gain new perspectives on the ones I read when I was younger. 🙂