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  • Locations: Cambridge, United Kingdom; Cambridge, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
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 Location London, Cambridge, and Newcastle, England
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 12, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,500
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites Knowledge of English & Reading Enthusiasm
 Program      Directors Michelle H. Martin, J. Elizabeth Mills
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s)  Feb 1, 12-1pm MGH 173R (enter through MGH 171)
Feb 8, 6-7pm, Research Commons, Red Room C
  General An experiential exploration of historical & contemporary British Children’s & Young Adult Literature.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

This program will introduce students to the Children’s and Young Adult Literature of the UK through hands-on and interactive experiences with museums, repositories of some of the best and most extensive children’s literature collections in the world, and through face-to-face professional development time with librarians, scholars, writers and professionals of children’s literature who study the literature, write the literature, and implement innovative children’s programming based on books. Because the class will spend time in children’s literature archives at Seven Stories Children’s Museum in Newcastle, several Cambridge University Libraries, the Bodleian, and the British Library, students will have the rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of the genre through viewing archival texts such as the original manuscript of Winnie the Pooh. The class will also participate in professional development activities and tour some of the most popular children’s literature sites such as the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, the Warner Brothers Studios, home of the Harry Potter films, and the church from The Children of Green Knowe. Students will also interact with a few contemporary British authors whose work we will read and study as a class. Live theatre based on children’s books will also play a significant role in the class since we will watch live productions of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, Roald Dahl’s Matilda and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We will take a day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to tour the site of Hogwarts, where Harry Potter was filmed and to Oxford to spend time in the Bodleian Library. The director has children’s literature colleagues at Roehampton University in London, at Cambridge University (Homerton College, where the children’s literature graduate programs primarily reside), and at Newcastle University, and faculty at all of these programs are planning activities that will enable our students to interact with the British graduate students for productive children’s literature discussions and activities, which should make for a rich literary and cultural exchange. In two of the three cities in which we are staying, our accommodations will be on or near university campuses, which will afford students easier access to the campus educational facilities and afford opportunities for interacting with the local students.


London, Cambridge, and Newcastle, England


Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cambridge, London, Oxford


The students will stay in budget hotels in London and Cambridge and in student dorms at Northumbria University in Newcastle.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is designed primarily for Master’s students, but upper-class undergraduates will also be considered. Because of the focus on children’s literature, the program will be of great appeal to Master of Library and Information Science students, but students from English, Education, and perhaps other disciplines that study children’s literature may also be interested. Regardless of discipline, however, we want to recruit students who: 1) are passionate about children’s literature; 2) want to engage in children’s literature criticism in addition to enjoyment; and 3) find the idea of studying “living” children’s literature appealing. Accommodations should be no more rugged than university dormitory-living, so all students should be comfortable.

Language Requirements: Speaking and writing knowledge of English are required; strong writing and critical thinking skills will be beneficial.

Physical Components: Participants need a basic fitness level for walking. We will take public transportation to most places, and a good bit of walking (sometimes in hilly places) comes with that.


5 UW Credits


INFX 597 (grad) or 497 (undergrad)

Explores historical and contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature through interaction with scholars, libraries, archives, literary sites and professional development programs throughout the UK.

Learning Goals: 

  1. Students will gain hands-on experiences with historical and contemporary children’s materials that will enable them to explore the living history of children’s literature in Great Britain;
  2. Students will engage with diversity through studying mainstream and traditional readings alongside those that focus on diverse populations, by interacting with authors whose work highlights diverse characters, and by reading critically, always asking questions such as “Who is left out?” and others;
  3. Students will gain a broader international perspective regarding diversity and programming in children’s and YA literature;
  4. Students will gain an appreciation of the art of adapting literature to other forms of media, such as films, theatre, and thematic museum exhibitions, like the Harry Potter Studio Tour;
  5. Students will gain an appreciation for the importance of primary source materials as well as an understanding of current archival and preservation processes through their experiences in the children’s literature archives; Students will have the opportunity to provide service to local communities through the production and delivery of Read-a-Rama® programs for the public.

Program Directors & Staff

Michelle H. Martin, Information School, Program Director

Dr. Martin joined the iSchool as the Beverly Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services in September 2016 after being the inaugural Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina from 2011-2016. She published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 in 2004 and is working on a book on the collaborative and individual works Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps wrote for children for 40+ years beginning in 1942. She is the founder of Read-a-Rama?, a program that offers fall/spring programs and summer camps, using children’s books as the springboard for all activities. Doc Martin loves dogs, growing and cooking her own food, and spending time with kids outdoors (one of whom is her 13 year-old daughter).

J. Elizabeth Mills, Information School, PhD Candidate

J. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate and the Beverly Cleary Research Assistant at the University of Washington Information School. She studies how public library children’s programs can be culturally positive spaces. She was a researcher on the award-winning Project VIEWS2 study, which measured early literacy outcomes in library storytimes. She is a co-author of Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide and has written many books for children. She was co-director on the iSchool Exploration Seminar in Denmark in 2014 and has extensive experience living and studying abroad.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,500

Estimated Program Fee of $4,500, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,500 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

Dates for the program specific sessions are: Friday, March 31, 4:30 pm; Friday, April 28, 4:30 pm; Friday, May 26, 4:30 pm; Retreat: Saturday, June 10, 10:00-2:00

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.