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From picturebooks to young adult literature, classic works to contemporary prize-winners, explore the artistry of literature for children and young adults. Apply varied theoretical frameworks to historical and contemporary texts to discover their imaginative ambitions and critical successes.

Immerse yourself in a wide range of genres — poetry, nonfiction, fantasy, and young adult realistic fiction — and investigate the ways that children's literature constructs childhood.

Explore the diverse professional perspectives shaping literature for today’s children and young adults with faculty from across professional fields. Take a course in publishing, writing for children, book reviewing. Track the intersections of children’s literature and pop culture. Evaluate hot trends and seek new perspectives in a growing field.

Chat with editors, authors, and illustrators at the summer institute. Participate in the many programs sponsored by the Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons, such as Horn Book at Simmons Symposium and the Boston Book Festival.

Customize Your Program

You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.

Internships and Research

You'll cultivate the incisive analytical tools to thrive in fields like teaching, library services, publishing, academia, writing and related fields. Our students have found success as agents, managing editors, children's librarians, teachers, and professors at organizations like The Sheldon Fogelman Agency, The Horn Book, Chronicle Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Roaring Brook Press, the Boston Public Library, the Worcester Public Library, Boston Collegiate Charter School, and the University of Memphis.

Eric Carle Museum

Programs at the Eric Carle Museum 

All Children's Literature degree and dual degree programs are offered on the Boston campus. In addition, the M.A. in Children's Literature, M.F.A. in Writing for Children and our M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. dual degree, and M.A. in Children's Literature/M.S. in Library Science dual degrees are offered at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. A number of two-credit courses are offered using an intensive weekend or week-long model.

The Carle 

In collaboration with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Simmons offers all four graduate programs in Children's Literature onsite at The Carle. This includes our M.A. in Children's Literature, M.F.A. in Writing for Children, M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. dual degree, and M.A. in Children's Literature/M.S. in Library Science dual degree offered in collaboration with Simmons's School of Library and Information Science program at Mount Holyoke. Founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art. The Carle is located in Amherst, in the heart of the Five Colleges area of Western Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.carlemuseum.org.


Visit the Children's Literature (MA) page on the Simmons University website for more details!

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