Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life

Reading practices may limit reader potential and significantly impact life choices. Wait... What?
As a librarian or educator working with young readers, you are in a position to change minds for life through guiding reader engagement with postmodern picturebooks. In this five week online course, you will explore the potential of several postmodern picturebooks to draw children in and excite their imaginations. You will develop practical resources for using these books with young readers by examining specific features of the books, generating storytime plans, and preparing parent guides for several exciting postmodern picturebooks.

This is a five week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. The fall offering of this course will begin the week of September 23, 2019. The winter offering of this course will begin the week of January 6, 2020.

Take a look at the course syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

1. You will be able to utilize a think-aloud reading approach while reading postmodern picturebooks with young readers.
2. You will be able to guide young readers to notice and discuss meaningful features of postmodern picturebooks.
3. You will be able to create parent guides for reading specific postmodern picturebooks with their children.

Who Should Attend

librarians, teachers, and teacher educators


Diane Hamilton recently earned her PhD in Reading (a.k.a. Literacy Teaching and Learning) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her dissertation entitled, Postmodern Picturebooks, Gender, and Reading Difficulties: A Phenomenological Exploration of One Boy’s Experiences, focuses on one boy’s experience of reading in his life and his differential approach to reading traditional picture books and postmodern picturebooks. Diane is permanently certified to teach children through sixth grade. Early in her career, she taught second graders, preschoolers, and coordinated an early intervention program for first graders. While homeschooling her daughter, Diane served as President of a local chapter of a national non-profit organization supporting specific special needs , eventually starting her own consulting business to guide schools on educational planning for students with specific special needs and publishing a book on the topic. After homeschooling for ten years, she returned to reading instruction as an individual instructor for struggling readers and returned to graduate school to pursue her doctoral degree and earn credentials in her other areas of interest – instructional design and online teaching. Her PhD includes a CAS in Reading, an MS in Literacy, and MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, and a CGS in Online Learning and Teaching. She is currently an Instructional Designer for Online Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany, serving to support faculty in the design and development of effective, high-quality online courses that provide educational opportunity to all learners. In addition, Diane has assisted on research projects related to literacy, reviewed manuscripts for literacy publications, reviewed IITG proposals related to innovation in online teaching, presented at conferences, and serves on the statewide University Faculty Senate. Diane enjoys engaging in research activities and has interests at the intersection of online instruction, literacy, and social justice.



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet access


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Diane Hamilton.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.