Using children's and young adult literature is a great way to improve a variety of college classes in fields as varied as biology, computer game development, political science and history. This collection of new essays by educators from a number of disciplines describes how to use such works as Where the Wild Things Are, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Swamp Thing, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter to introduce complex concepts, spark interest in difficult subjects and develop an understanding of how to teach to college and upper high school students. The contributors describe invative teaching strategies using dystopian fiction, graphic narratives, fairy tales and mythology. Often overlooked or dismissed by teachers, children's literature can support student learning by raising levels of academic rigor, creativity and critical thinking.
Emily Dial-Driver is a professor of English at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, USA and fiction editor of RSU's Cooweescoowee: A Journal of Arts and Letters. Jim Ford teaches humanities, philosophy, and religion at Rogers State University, USA and is director of the honors program. His articles have been published in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Honors in Practice. Sara N. Beam is the Writing Center Coordinator and an English instructor at Rogers State University, USA. Her recent scholarly work includes presentations at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the South Central Writing Center Association Conference. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.