Conference Proceeding: The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Through an Academic Lens

The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College is a rigorous advanced degree program (MA/MS/MFA/MAT) that looks at children’s literature as literature, examining children’s books through a variety of critical-theory lenses. Among other pursuits, master’s candidates are directed to “apply varied theoretical frameworks to historical and contemporary texts to discover their imaginative ambitions and critical successes.” This panel will apply the Center’s unique academic approach to this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards (and past winners, as time allows) to enhance understanding of their literary, cultural, and sociohistorical places in the field of children’s literature.