Hillsdale College Launches New Online Course on Classic Children’s Literature
Rediscover some of the greatest stories ever told
Hillsdale, Mich. — Today, Hillsdale College launched its latest free online course, “Classic Children’s
Literature.” The course is taught by Professor of Education Dan Coupland and Professor of English and
Associate Vice President for Curriculum David Whalen, with an introduction by President Larry P. Arnn.
The nine-lecture course studies the narratives and themes of eight beloved children’s stories, including The
Wind in the Willows, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The great quantity and wide variety of children’s literatures makes discerning which stories are entertaining and
instructive for both children and adults a challenge. This course will help adults learn how to identify great
children’s literature so that they can experience the joy of reading such stories with their children or
“One of the best things to do as a family is to read classic children’s literature,” said Kyle Murnen, director of
Online Learning. “These stories provide profound lessons in a way that produces wonder and delight in the
young and old alike. The recovery of the right kind of children’s literature is essential to the future of our nation because it helps form young people’s understanding of the world and the right way to live.”
To sign up for the free online course, visit the Online Courses website.