If you are a teacher, a student, or both (and, honestly, aren’t we all both?), here are some resources for you.

Seuss, Racism, and Resources for Anti-Racist Children’s Literature (2021).

The Cat, Seuss, and Race (program written for the Adventure Theatre Company’s 2019 production of The Cat in the Hat). This is my most succinct explainer on Seuss and racism. For longer conversations, you might take a look at these interviews:

Metafiction for Children (2010): a 4-minute introduction to metafiction

“Literature for Adolescents” class on E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, part 1

In the summer of 2018, while preparing the video content for my undergraduate Literature for Adolescents class, the university-provided video management system wasn’t working. So, I posted the first four weeks – video content only – onto YouTube. At the time of this writing, the above is the most popular of the videos. I’ve gotten better at video-editing since then. But this gives you a flavor of my on-line classes. You can find the entire first four weeks on its very own YouTube playlist.


Office hours — by appointment — only: please drop me a line!

(Due to campus carry, regular office hours are no longer offered.)

Office location: ECS Bldg. 103 OR via Zoom!

Please note: my office is a gun-free zone.

Email: philnel@ksu.edu

On Sabbatical Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Fall 2022

  • English 384: Multicultural Children’s Literature. On-line, asynchronous.
  • English 655: African American Children’s Literature. TU 11:30. On-line, synchronous and asynchronous. 

Spring 2023

  • English 355: Literature for Children. On-line, asynchronous.
  • English 703: Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature. W 5:30-8:30 pm. On-line, synchronous and asynchronous.

Selected Syllabi from Previous Semesters