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.
Scholarships, Discounts, Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship Opportunities
All applicants are considered for a range of university scholarships, including endowed and departmental awards; new and returning students may apply for selective fellowships to help fund their degrees. Students who have completed at least eight credits are eligible to apply for teaching assistantships to gain experience in the classroom and help finance their degree. Additionally, Simmons is proud to offer teachers, librarians, affiliates of partner organizations, and Simmons alumnae/i reduced tuition and other benefits.
Programs in this Department
- Children's Literature (MA)
- Children's Literature (MA)/Library Services To Children (MS)
- Children's Literature (MA)/Writing For Children (MFA)
- Writing For Children (MFA)
Our Children's Literature students and alumnae/i do amazing things! Learn more about what makes the Children's Literature program at Simmons University special.
Diverse Voices in Storytelling
Genielysse Reyes '20MFA is adding her diverse voice to storytelling. Learn more about her experience in the Children's Literature program.More Videos