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An illustration by Walter Crane out a princess and a frog
Walter Crane
from The Frog Prince (1874)

 


Recommended Resources

General Works on Children’s Literature

Baker, Deirdre and Ken Setterington. A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books in English. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003.

Bartle, Lisa R. DAWCL: Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature. 2009. http://www.dawcl.com/introduction.html

Beckett, Sandra L. Crossover Picturebooks: A Genre for All Ages. New York: Routledge, 2012.

The Canadian Children’s Book Center. 2009. http://www.bookcentre.ca/

Colomer, Teresa, Bettina Kümmerling-Maibauer and Cecilia Silva-Díaz, eds. New Directions in Picturebook Research. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Darton, F. J. Harvey. Children’s Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life. 3rd ed. London: British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 1999.

Dewan, Pauline. The House as Setting, Symbol, and Structural Motif in Children’s Literature. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.

———. The Art of Place in Literature for Children and Young Adults: How Locale Shapes a Story. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.

Dresang, Eliza. Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1999.

Grenby, M. O. and Andrea Immel, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Griswold, Jerry. Audacious Kids: Coming of Age in America’s Classic Children’s Books. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

———. Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Hunt, Peter, ed. Children’s Literature: An Illustrated History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

———. An Introduction to Children’s Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Jones, Raymond E. and Jon C Stott. Canadian Children’s Books: A Critical Guide to Authors and Illustrators. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Keane, Nancy. Nancy Keane’s Children’s Literature Webpage. (2008). http://www.nancykeane.com/

Lance, Wendy. Crossing Textual Boundaries in International Children’s Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2011.

Lurie, Alison. Boys and Girls Forever: Children’s Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter. New York: Penguin Books, 2003.

Meyer, Susan E. A Treasury of the Great Children’s Book Illustrators. New York: Harry N. Adams, 1997.

Mickenberg, Julia L. And Lynne Vallone, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Mid-Continent Public Library. Juvenile Series and Sequels. 2009. http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/series/juv/

Montgomery, Heather and Nicola Watson, eds. Children’s Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Natov, Roni. The Poetics of Childhood. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Nikolajeva, Maria.  Aesthetic Approaches to Children’s Literature: An Introduction. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.

———. Contemporary Adolescent Literature and Culture: The Emerging Adult. Farham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.

———. Power, Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers. New York: Routledge, 2010.

——— and Carol Scott. How Picturebooks Work. New York: Garland, 2001.

Norton. Donna E. And Saundra E. Norton. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature. Boston: Pearson, 2011.

O’Callaghan, Catherine M. Using Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum: A Handbook of Instructional Strategies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2011.

Russell, David L. Literature for Children: A Short Introduction. Boston: Pearson, 2012.

Sipe, Lawrence R. and Sylvia Pantaleo, eds. Postmodern Picturebooks: Play, Parody, and Self-Referentiality. New York, Routledge, 2008.

Thacker, Deborah Cogan and Jean Webb. Introducing Children’s Literature: From Romanticism to Postmodernism. London: Routledge, 2002.

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Critical Works by Children’s Authors

Aiken, Joan. The Way to Write for Children: An Introduction to the Craft of Writing Children’s Literature. New York: St Martin’s Griffin, 1998.

Cooper, Susan. Dreams and Wishes: Essays on Writing for Children. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1996.

Cresswell, Helen. “If It’s Someone from Porlock, Don’t Answer the Door,” Children’s Literature in Education 2, no. 1 (1971): 32-39.

Garfield, Leon. “Writing for Childhood.” Children’s Literature in Education 1, no. 2 (1970): 56-63.

Garner, Alan. “A Bit More Practice.” In The Voice That Thunders: Essays and Lectures. London: Harvill, 1997, 59-64.

Le Guin, Ursula K. Dreams Must Explain Themselves. New York: ALGOL Press, 1975.

———. From Elfland to Poughkeepsie. Portland, OR: Pendragon Press, 1973.

L’Engle, Madeleine. “The Heroic in Literature and in Living.” The Lion and the Unicorn 13, no. 1 (1989): 120-28.

Paterson, Katherine. A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children. New York: Plume Books, 1995.

———. The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children. New York: Dutton, 2001.

Pearce, Phillipa. “The Writer’s View of Childhood.” The Horn Book Magazine 38 (1962): 74-78.

Scieszka, Jon. “Design Matters.” The Horn Book Magazine 74, no. 2 (1998): 196-207.

Tolkien, J.R.R. “On Fairy-Stories.” In Tree and Leaf. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1964, 11-70.

Wynne-Jones, Tim. “An Eye for Thresholds.” Canadian Children’s Literature. no. 48 (1987): 42-54.

Yolen, Jane. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood. Little Rock, AR: Little House, 2000.


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Critical Works on Other Genres

Ahrens, Jörn and Arno Meteling. Comics and the City: Urban Space in Print, Picture and Sequence. London: Continuum, 2010.

Alexander, Joy. “The Verse-novel: A New Genre.” Children’s Literature in Education 36, no. 3 (September 2005): 269-83.

Applebaum, Noga. Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Armstrong, Judith. “Ghost Stories: Exploiting the Convention.” Children’s Literature in Education 11, no. 3 (1980): 117-23.

Bottigheimer, Ruth. Fairy Tales: A New History. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2009.

Cameron, Eleanor, et al. Travellers in Time: Past, Present, and to Come. Green Bay, WI: CLNE, 1990.

Campbell, Patty. “The Sand in the Oyster: Vetting the Verse Novel.” The Horn Book Magazine 80, no. 5 (2004): 611-616.

Cosslett, Tess. “Transformations of Pastoral and Gothic in Children’s Fiction.” Signal 98 (2002): 91-101.

Davidson, Hilda Ellis and Anna Chaudhri, eds. A Companion to the Fairy Tale. Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer, 2003.

Duncan, Randy and Matthew J. Smith. The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture. London: Continuum, 2009.

Gavin, Adrienne E. and Christopher Routledge, eds. Mystery in Children’s Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave, 2001.

Harris, Marla. “Contemporary Ghost Stories: Cyberspace in Fiction for Children and Young Adults.” Children’s Literature in Education 36, no. 2 (2005): 111-28.

Heiner, Heidi Anne. SurLaLune Fairy Tales. 2009. http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/

Hintz, Carrie and Elaine Ostry, eds. Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Hughes, Janette and Alyson King. “Dual Pathways to Expression and Understanding: Canadian Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels. Children’s Literature in Education 41, no. 1 (2010): 64-84.

Jackson, Anna, Roderick McGillis and Karen Coats, eds., The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Latham, Don. “The Cultural Work of Magical Realism in Three Young Adult Novels.” Children’s Literature in Education 38, no. 1 (2007): 59-70.

Marcus, Leonard S. “The ABC of It: Alphabet Books and the Literature of Fact.” The Horn Book Magazine 87, no. 2 (2011): 93-96.

Mendlesohn, Farah. The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.

Nikolajeva, Maria. “Fairy Tale and Fantasy: From Archaic to Postmodern.” Marvels and Tales 17, no. 1 (2003): 138-56.

Pepetone, Gregory G. Hogwarts and All: Gothic Perspectives on Children’s Literature. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

Reichertz, Ronald. “The Generative Power of Nursery Rhymes.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 19, no. 3 (1994): 100-104.

Reynolds, Kimberley, Geraldine Brennan, and Kevin McCarron. Frightening Fiction. London: Continuum, 2001.

Robinson, Lolly. “Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: What Makes a Good Alphabet Book.” The Horn Book Magazine 84, no. 2 (2008): 157-66.

Rollin, Lucy. “Dreaming in Public: The Psychology of Nursery Rhyme Illustration.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 19, no. 3 (1994): 105-8.

Rosenberg, Teya. “The Influence of the Second World War on Magic Realism in British Children’s Literature.” Canadian Children’s Literature 29, no. 111-112 (2003): 78-89.

Russell, David L. “The Pastoral Influence on American Children’s Literature.” The Lion and the Unicorn 18, no. 2 (1994): 121-29.

Sloan, Glenna. “But Is It Poetry?” Children’s Literature in Education 32, no. 1 (2001): 45-56.

Wein, Elizabeth E. “Mystery in a House.” The Lion and the Unicorn 24, no. 2 (2000): 247-59.

Westfahl, Gary. Science Fiction, Children’s Literature, and Popular Culture: Coming of Age in Fantasyland. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Zipes, Jack. Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization.2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.

 

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Biographies of Classic Children’s Writers

Silverthorne, Elizabeth. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Sojourner at Cross Creek. Woodstock, NY: Overlook, 1988.

Rubio, Mary Henley. Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2008.

Green, Peter. Kenneth Grahame 1859-1931: A Study of His Life, Work and Times. London: John Murray, 1959.

Jones, Leslie Ellen. J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Kirk, Connie Ann. J. K. Rowling: A Biography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2003

Kirk, Connie Ann. Mark Twain: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.

Miller, John E. Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1998.

Thwaite, Ann. A. A. Milne: His Life. London: Faber and Faber, 1990.

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina. Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.