What’s New in Children’s Books?
October 19 - November 13
1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs


Course #3061

You will receive login information a few days before the course begins.

This course examines recent trends in literature for children from birth through age 12 by focusing on books published in the past three years. We highlight new authors and illustrators, multicultural literature, awards and distinctions, and current issues in book evaluation and selection. Books examined include outstanding new picture books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and traditional literature.


  • Series Titles and Professional Resources
  • Changing forms and formats
  • Changing perspectives
  • Changing boundaries

Expectations: There are no graded papers or exams. You are expected to participate in online discussions of the books presented.

Readings: View the reading list here. All other course readings will be available online. Please start locating books on the reading list early - using inter-library loan is encouraged!

Instructor: Vlasta Karol Blaha has over 30 years of experience working in elementary school and public libraries in Wisconsin.  For 24 years, Vlasta worked as an Instructional Library Media Specialist in the Colby Public Schools before returning to the Colby Public Library where she began her library career.

To register:

ONLINE - What's New in Children's Books?

PHONE - Pyle Center Registration Office: (608) 262-2451

FAX or MAIL - Print out a registration form

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer