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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/34]   EDUCATION STUDIES [34/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 12 60


Knowledge and understanding:
- To know and understand the historical, theoretical, methodological and applicative aspects of Children's Literature.
- To know and understand the relationship between Children's Literature and the construction of the imaginary.
- To know and understand the implication of Children's Literature in educational contexts, with particular attention to stories about early childhood, childhood and young people, written and illustrated.
- To know the technical-scientific vocabulary of the discipline.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
The above knowledge will allow the students to:
- To be able to orient oneself in the panorama of the historical-literary tradition of the discipline, of classical and contemporary authors, with a problematic and complex approach.
- To know how to use in the educational context the interpretative tools concerning the plurality of languages typical of children's literature and to make links between literary, iconographic, filmic and mass-mediological texts.

Autonomy of judgment
At the end of the course the students knows:
- To carry out a critical examination of the literary production for children and adolescents that enables them to make informed choices in the field of editorial products for children and young people.
- To acquire autonomous and critical reflection skills in relation to situations.
- Adapt activities appropriately to the specificity of the context and subjects.
- Self-assessment of one's own skills.

Communication skills
At the end of the course the student knows:
- Evaluate the characteristics of other people's educational proposals in the field of reading education and the skills that the encounter with different textual forms develops.
- Demonstrate skills in managing the relationship and communication processes with children and young people, families and other professionals.
- Appropriately adapt activities or teaching units designed by others, according to their skills and competences.
- Use forms of non-verbal expression in the proposed activities.

Learning skills
- Knowing how to find and use bibliographic, sitographic, etc. tools to update and deepen constantly and independently knowledge and professional skills.


Good knowledge of the historical background of Italy from 1860 to the Second World War.
Ability to process a written text.
Ability to analyze a text.
Ability to connect texts from different genres.
Willingness to participate in lessons.
Willingness to cooperative work.


The initial aim of the course is to provide the historical, theoretical, conceptual and methodological foundations of Literature for Children and Youths. The course aims to analyze the concept of literature for children and young people, a discipline of which we will deepen the historical evolution, dwelling on those that are its characteristics both classic and typical of the period closest to us. The lessons will also focus on clarifying the many stereotypes and mistaken projections with respect to this literature, generally seen as simple or serene entertainment, while it contains, at its best, high levels of complexity. Lessons will also be devoted to identifying strategies and methods to educate children and young people to reading and to stimulate in them the necessary motivational processes. A part of them, then, will be specifically focused on the 0-3 years with particular attention to the relationship between early childhood and reading. Reading aloud, animated reading, the construction of the reading environment, the physical relationship with the object-book, reading images, the places where to promote reading, the creative relationship between storytelling, reading and writing: these are just some of the major issues that cross and determine the complex relationship of the child with the literary text and that must be addressed with care and professionalism to counteract the serious problem of distancing young people from the practices of reading and fruition of literary texts.
A specific focus will be on the reading and study of a classic: in this case it is "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll, with related film adaptations and artistic reinterpretations.

Teaching Methods

In order to meet the specific teaching needs related to the epidemiological situation, the teaching will be delivered simultaneously both in attendance and online, thus outlining a mixed teaching that can be enjoyed in university classrooms but also at a distance. At the beginning of the semester, each student can opt, with a binding choice, for in-presence or distance learning. Depending on the availability of the classrooms and the number of students who will opt for the in-presence mode, a shift can be planned for the actual access to the courtroom. The lessons for those who will not be in attendance can be followed synchronously or asynchronously.
During the course, film transpositions of literary texts for children will be screened and writers, illustrators, critics, publishers, booksellers, educators, and teachers specialized in children's literature will be invited to give lectures.

Verification of learning

In view of the epidemiological situation, both students who will attend in attendance and students who will attend online classes synchronously or asynchronously will have to take an oral or written test on the examination program and the readings of their choice. The in-presence and/or online mode of the test will depend on the University's instructions at the time of the exam sessions.
The exam verifies the descriptive and critical analysis of the theoretical, methodological and applied issues of literature for children. The students must show a proper language and clear and logical presentation, which should be complete but synthetic.
The exam is expressed in thirtieths. In order to pass the exam that is with a minimum score of 18/30 the student must show a sufficient knowledge of all the addressed topics, with a proper use of the language. In order to achieve the maximum score of 30/30 cum laude, the student must show an excellent knowledge of all the dealt topics, characterized by a critical and coherent elaboration of the proposed topics.


BARSOTTI S., CANTATORE L. (a cura di), Letteratura per l'infanzia. Temi, forme, simboli del contemporaneo, Carocci, Roma 2019.
BOERO P., DE LUCA C., La letteratura per l'infanzia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2010.

They are also part of the course and of the examination the books to choose from the Reading List 2021-2022:

Picture books (mandatory):
• Leo Lionni, Piccolo blu e piccolo giallo¸ Babalibri
• Maurice Sendak, Nel paese dei mostri selvaggi, Adelphi
• Roberto Innocenti, Cappuccetto Rosso. Una fiaba moderna, La Margherita

Picture books (four of your choice):
• Emanuela Bussolati, Tararì tararera, Carthusia
• Nicola Grossi, Orso buco, Minibombo
• Hervé Tullet, Il gioco della luce, Phaidon-L’Ippocampo
• Chiara Carminati, A fior di pelle, Lapis
• Antonella Abbatiello, Case così, Donzelli
• Pia Valentinis, Bruno Tognolini, Mammalingua. Ventuno filastrocche per neonati e per la voce delle mamme, Il Castoro
• Wolf Erlbruch, La notte, Edizioni e/o
• Alessandro Sanna, Hai mai visto Mondrian?, Artebambini
• Lele Luzzati, Alì Babà e i quaranta ladroni, Interlinea
• Giovanna Zoboli, Mariachiara Di Giorgio, Professione coccodrillo, Topipittori

a novel of your choice among the following:
• David Almond, Mina, Salani, Firenze
• Anne Laure Bondoux, La vita come viene, San Paolo
• Aidan Chambers, Muoio dalla voglia di conoscerti, Rizzoli
• Roald Dahl, Il GGG, Salani
• Mark Haddon, Lo strano caso del cane ucciso a mezzanotte, Einaudi
• R.J. Palacio, Wonder, Giunti
• Bianca Pitzorno, L’incredibile storia di Lavinia, Einaudi Ragazzi
• Roberto Piumini, Mattia e il nonno, Einaudi Ragazzi
• Philip Pullman, La bussola d’oro, Salani
• Brian Selznick, La straordinaria invenzione di Hugo Cabret, Mondadori
• Guido Sgardoli, L’odissea di Argo, Einaudi
• Jarry Spinelli, Stargirl, Mondadori
• Bruno Tognolini, Il giardino dei musi eterni, Salani

A classic to choose from (in addition to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"):
• Collodi, Le avventure di Pinocchio
• J. Barrie, Peter Pan
• Ferenc Molnár, I ragazzi della via Pál
• Johanna Spyri, Heidi
• Robert Louis Stevenson, L’isola del tesoro
• Mark Twain, Le avventure di Huckleberry Fin
• Vamba, Il Giornalino di Gian Burrasca

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In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, reception may take place via online platforms (Teams, Skype or Zoom) to ensure student safety.

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