Children’s Literature in the UK: From J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling is a three-credit spring course designed for education majors, MSUM students, teachers and librarians interested in children’s authors and illustrators. This study abroad course will focus on children’s literature written by authors from England and Scotland from the 1800s to the present.

Prior to travel, students will attend and participate in a series of eight evening seminars during spring semester 2022 that will focus on the history and growth of children’s literature as a field of study, prominent British authors and illustrators, the genre of fantasy literature, and the contributions of British authors to this genre. The travel component of the course will include time in both London and Edinburgh with day trips to Oxford, Great Missenden, Ashdown Forest, Newcastle and Kirriemuir. Featured authors will include Beatrix Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, J.M. Barrie, A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling. Featured illustrators will include John Tenniel, E. H. Shepard, Kate Greenaway, and Quentin Blake.

Dates of travel are May 27 to June 10, 2022.


Information Session:

      • Title: Children’s Literature in the UK
      • Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
      • Location: Lommen 05 and via Zoom (Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 986 1838 3935)
      • Time: 5:00-6:00 CT

Program Leaders

Pam Werre, Library werrepa@mnstate.ed
Louie Lauer, School of Teaching &
Dr. Peggy Rittenhouse, School of Teaching & Learning (on sabbatical)