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Eled 408: Children's Literature course at Salisbury University

Educ 409: Young Adult Literature at Salisbury University

REED 520: Master's level course in Children's and Young Adult Literature at SU

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International Children's Literature Course to Australia and New Zealand
June 15-July 6 2010 (tentative dates)

Schedule still being created

Most of what we will do as a group will relate directly to the children's literature focus of the course.  We will want to also engage in some tourist activities as a group and there will be time to do things individually (especially for the tag-alongs. Some of the most highly recommended sites/attractions are listed below in case you are interested in investigating possibilities.

Around Christchurch, New Zealand:
  • Ko Tane Living Maori Village at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Southern Encounter Aquarium  (includes tuatara!)
  • International Antarctic Attraction
  • Christchurch Gondola, ride the gondola to 500 metres above sea level
  • Art Centre
  • Garden Tour and Botanic Gardens
  • Riccarton House & Bush; historic mansion from 1840s (one of the first settler families, with a forest preserve, trees 600 years old)
  • Transalpine train across the south island

Around Auckland, New Zealand:
  • Kelly Tarleton Antarcic Center
  • Sky Tower
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Rangitoto – volcanic Island
  • Whale Safari in Hauraki Gulf

Around Brisbane and Queensland, Australia:
  • Aboriginal Cultural Center
  • Rainforest
  • Glass Mountains
  • Australian Zoo
  • Ballina (New South Wales)

Around Sydney, Australia:
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Wildlife World
  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Blue Mountains

See last year's schedule for Ireland and Wales below

International Children's Literature Course to Ireland and Wales
July 7-29 2009

Tentative Schedule   
   Tentative Author/Illustrator List



  melling   lightbearer 
O.R. Melling --

Green Earth Book Award 2008 - The Lightbearer's Daughter

kate  policeman switchers
Kate Thompson --

    Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year 2005 - The New Policeman
    Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2005 - The New Policeman
  • The Dublin Airport Authorities Children’s Book of the Year Award 2005 - The New Policeman
  • The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award 2001 - The Beguilers
  • The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award 2002 - The Alchemist’s Apprentice
  • The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004 - Annan Water
  • The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award 2005 - The New Policeman
  • CBI Bisto Shortlist for Origins (2003), The Fourth Horseman (2006) The Last of the High Kings (2007)

mary murphy  alphabet keeper  like it when

Mary Murphy

MARY MURPHY is the creator of many books featuring her penguin characters, including Please Be Quiet! Those penguins inspired the preschool cartoon series Ready, Set, Learn!, on the Discovery Kids network.

Parenting Magazine Gold Medal for I Like it When

scott    alchemist    hallows
Michael Scott --

New York Times Bestseller's List -The Alchemist
New York Times Best Sellers List - The Magician

hennessey   bigpicture     verge  girl 
Claire Hennessey--

That Girl; Big Picture; Girl on the Verge...

lynch  jessie   ignis

P.J. Lynch --

Kate Greenaway Medal -The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski,
Kate Greenaway Medal - When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

doyle  oleary   tales  bigpig  
Malachy Doyle --

Nestlé Children's Book Prize, Silver Award, 2005 - The Dancing Tiger
Winner of the English Association Award 2002 (Non-fiction) - Cow
White Ravens Award 2002 - Hungry, Hungry, Hungry
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner 2001 - Tales from Old Ireland
IBBY Honour Award 2002- Tales from Old Ireland
Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award 2003- Tales from Old Ireland

sarah brennan  demon's lexicon
Sarah Rees Brennan

Product Details
Steve Simpson --
Illustrator of:
The Farmer in the Dell (Sing and Read Storybook)

Fairies of Kintyre
Fungie and the Magical Kingdom by Michael Scott

claddagh ring

Patricia McAdoo
You can read the first 10 pages or so at


Annie West
Illustrator’s Guild Best Book Illustration award -- 2004 for Cearc an Phrompa
Annie West originals are in the collections of Eileen Monahan, Mick Galwey, Brad Pitt &
Angelina Jolie.


dafydd  random
Catrin Dafydd

sheena    bats
Sheena Crossley


Children’s Literature International:
Tentative Schedule

July 8 - 9  Coursework at Salisbury University

July 10: Fly from Dulles to Dublin, 7:30 P.M. (IAD 4:30P.M.; leave SU at 1:30 P.M.)
Arrive in Dublin at 7:30 A.M. July 11.

dublin        dublin2

July 11, 12, 13: Dublin
Meet Claire Hennessey, Sarah Rees Brennan

Wild About Books Day (July 12):
Lodging: The Church of Ireland College of Education


July 14: Drive to Cruit Island

July 14, 15 Cruit Island        
Meet with Malachy Doyle

July 16 Castlebar
Visit with Annie West

July 17, 18 Galway
Visit with Patricia McAdoo

cliffs2              burren

July 19, 20 Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, visit Doolin

Meet with Kate Thompson and Mary Murphy

July 21, 22  Shannon and Limerick
Each has private facilities, which include toilets and showers, television and coffee & tea making. Several rooms have views of the River or the Bridge. Lodging at Shannon Cottage:

July 22  Bunratty Castel and  Banquet

July 23 Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry, stay in Cork or Killarney
Rock of Cashel

July 23 Ring of Kerry

July 24  Ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard to Cardiff, Wales

July 25 Cardiff Bay, Wales

Meet with Sheena Crossley Catrin Dafydd

July 26  Fishguard

July 27 from Fishguard to Rosslare to Dublin

Meet with Orla Melling and Michael Scott

July 28 Dublin

Meet with P.J. Lynch and Steve Simpson

Valerie Coughlin -- president of IBBY Ireland, outgoing editor of Bookbird

July 29  fly home, Dulles

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