Archive: Leland Jacobs on Children's Literature Children's literature expert Leland Jacobs lectures on the importance of the printed word. Speaking at York University in Toronto, Jacobs distinguishes between works that provide information and others that excite the imagination. Select a Year Select a Year 1988 Roads to Aversion Jun 17, 1988 – 28:50 In this address to teachers, Leland Jacobs stresses the need to introduce poetry to children. Leland Jacobs on Children's Literature 1 Jun 22, 1988 – 28:50 Children's literature expert Leland Jacobs discusses the importance of "bringing meaning to and taking meaning from" reading (Part 1). Leland Jacobs on Children's Literature 2 Jun 29, 1988 – 28:52 Leland Jacobs explains that children should go beyond their simple like or dislike of a story and appreciate the unique emotions it evokes (Part 2).