Pamela Tanenbaum

BA, Barnard College. MLS, Pratt Institute. Collection loan assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York; librarian, Murray Avenue Elementary School, Larchmont, New York. SLC, 2016–

Graduate Courses

Art of Teaching 2020-2021

Children’s Literature and Artistic Development

Graduate Seminar—Summer

This course emphasizes the role of children’s literature in classrooms and schools. We look at story as world making; as an opportunity to encounter the experience of others; as a window on play, place, and period; as a reflection of cultural heritage; and, finally, as a motivation for literacy. Readings pair picture books and novels with nonfiction texts. There will be samples of simple narratives for the emerging reader and novels for fluent elementary-school students. The place of literature in the classroom involves careful choices on the part of teachers. Teachers must support the interests and heritage of young readers, intrigue them through pictures and text, and eventually lead them to discover new worlds within the covers of books. Throughout the course, we will consider the importance of reading aloud (both fiction and nonfiction) and the ways in which stories inspire artistic expression.