Children's Literature

Department of Children's Literature

The Children’s Literature Department, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons, is a unique invitation to the writing and publishing world. The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature engages in rigorous academic study of literature published for children and young adults. The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children provides opportunities to develop new manuscripts under the guidance of professionals in the field. Both programs situate works for young people in historical and cultural contexts as they adopt multiple critical perspectives on children’s books, young adult literature, and social constructions of child/young adulthood. As publishers, reviewers, editors, agents, and writers, our alumni shape the future of children’s literature.

The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature hosts a variety of events, including a summer institute, that bring authors, editors, writers, and illustrators to campus. Through the Center, we enjoy partnerships with The Horn Book, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and PEN-New England, among others.

Programs in this Department

Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles '92 '95LS Writes Young Adult Fiction

We caught up with Jo about her career as a writer!

MFA graduate Luisana Duarte Armendáriz

Children's Literature Alum Receives New Vision Award

A new voice in children's literature, Luisana tells us about the inspiration behind her novel.

Jack Gantos

Favorite Books, Rotten Cats, and Writing Advice

A chat with Jack Gantos, our Allen Smith Visiting Scholar