1st Edition

Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature

    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    568 Pages
    by Routledge

    This landmark volume is the first to bring together leading scholarship on children’s and young adult literature from three intersecting disciplines: Education, English, and Library and Information Science. Distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach, it describes and analyzes the different aspects of literary reading, texts, and contexts to illuminate how the book is transformed within and across different academic figurations of reading and interpreting children’s literature.

    • Part one considers perspectives on readers and reading literature in home, school, library, and community settings.
    • Part two introduces analytic frames for studying young adult novels, picturebooks, indigenous literature, graphic novels, and other genres. Chapters include commentary on literary experiences and creative production from renowned authors and illustrators.
    • Part three focuses on the social contexts of literary study, with chapters on censorship, awards, marketing, and literary museums.

    The singular contribution of this Handbook is to lay the groundwork for colleagues across disciplines to redraw the map of their separately figured worlds, thus to enlarge the scope of scholarship and dialogue as well as push ahead into uncharted territory.





    Introduction to Part 1 

    Chapter 1

    Children Reading at Home: An Historical Overview

    Evelyn Arizpe & Morag Styles


    Chapter 2

    Questioning the Value of Literacy: A Phenomenology of Speaking and Reading in Children

    Eva-Maria Simms


    Chapter 3

    The Book as Home? It All Depends.

    Shirley Brice Heath


    Chapter 4

    Reading Literature in Elementary Classrooms

    Kathy G. Short


    Chapter 5

    Readers, Texts, and Contexts in the Middle: Re-imagining Literature Education for Young Adolescents

    Thomas P. Crumpler & Linda Wedwick


    Chapter 6

    Reading Literature in Secondary School: Disciplinary Discourses in Global Times

    Cynthia Lewis & Jessica Dockter


    Chapter 7

    Imagining a Writer’s Life: Extending the Connection Between Readers and Books

    Elizabeth Dutro & Monette C. McIver


    Chapter 8

    Theoretical and Pedagogical Possibilities in the Teaching of Latina/o Children’s Literature in Multicultural Contexts

    María E. Fránquiz, Carmen Martínez-Roldán, & Carmen I. Mercado


    Chapter 9

    School Libraries and the Transformation of Readers and Reading

    Eliza T. Dresang & M. Bowie Kotrla


    Chapter 10

    Public Libraries in the Lives of Young Readers: Past, Present, and Future

    Kathleen Weibel, Virginia A. Walter, & Paulette M. Rothbauer


    Chapter 11

    Becoming Readers of Literature with LGBT Themes In and Out of Classrooms

    Mollie V. Blackburn & Caroline T. Clark


    Chapter 12

    Immigrant Students as Cosmopolitan Intellectuals

    Gerald Campano & Maria Paula Ghiso





    Introduction to Part 2


    Chapter 13

    History of Children’s and Young Adult Literature

    Deborah Stevenson

    Point of Departure

    Lois Lowry


    Chapter 14

    Dime Novels and Series Books

    Catherine Sheldrick Ross

    Point of Departure

    Candice Ransom


    Chapter 15

    Folklore in Children’s Literature: Contents and Discontents

    Betsy Hearne

    Point of Departure

    Julius Lester


    Chapter 16

    African American Children’s Literature: Researching Its Development, Exploring Its Voices

    Rudine Sims Bishop

    Point of Departure

    Jacqueline Woodson


    Chapter 17

    The Art of the Picturebook

    Lawrence R. Sipe

    Point of Departure

    Chris Raschka

    Point of Departure

    David Wiesner


    Chapter 18

    Comics and Graphic Novels

    Robin Brenner

    Point of Departure

    Gareth Hinds

    Point of Departure

    Raina Telgemeier


    Chapter 19

    A Burgeoning Field or a Sorry State: U.S. Poetry for Children, 1800-Present

    Laura Apol & Janine L. Certo

    Point of Departure

    Janet S. Wong


    Chapter 20

    Nonfiction Literature for Children: Old Assumptions and New Directions

    Barbara Kiefer & Melissa I. Wilson

    Point of Departure

    Penny Colman


    Chapter 21

    Genre as Nexus: The Novel for Children and Young Adults

    Mike Cadden

    Point of Departure

    Philip Pullman


    Chapter 22

    Young Adult Literature: Growing Up, In Theory

    Karen Coats

    Point of Departure

    Markus Zusak


    Chapter 23

    Reading Indigeneity: The Ethics of Interpretation and Representation

    Clare Bradford

    Point of Departure

    Joseph Bruchac


    Chapter 24

    Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Children’s Literature, and the Case of Jeff Smith

    Roderick McGillis

    Point of Departure

    David Filipi

    Point of Departure

    David Filipi, Lucy Shelton Caswell, & Jeff Smith



    Chapter 25

    Ideology and Children’s Books

    Robyn McCallum & John Stephens

    Point of Departure

    M.T. Anderson


    Chapter 26

    The Author’s Perspective

    Claudia Mills

    Point of Departure

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


    Chapter 27

    Archives and Special Collections Devoted to Children’s and Young Adult Literature

    Karen Nelson Hoyle

    Point of Departure

    Leonard S. Marcus





    Introduction to Part 3


    CHAPTER 28

    Where Worlds Meet

    Ana Maria Machado

    Point of Departure

    Katherine Paterson


    Chapter 29

    Translation and Crosscultural Reception

    Maria Nikolajeva

    Point of Departure

    Tara F. Chace


    Chapter 30

    The Implied Reader of the Translation

    Petros Panaou & Tasoula Tsilimeni

    Point of Departure

    Kostia Kontoleon


    Chapter 31

    International Communities Building Places for Youth Reading

    Michael Daniel Ambatchew

    Point of Departure

    Jane Kurtz

    Point of Departure

    Yohannes Gebregeorgis


    Chapter 32

    Censorship: Book Challenges, Challenging Books, and Young Readers

    Christine Jenkins


    Chapter 33

    Reviewing Children’s and Young Adult Literature

    Michael Cart


    Chapter 34

    Awards in Literature for Children and Adolescents

    Junko Yokota


    Chapter 35

    The Economics of Children’s Book Publishing in the 21st Century

    Joel Taxel


    Chapter 36

    Spinning Off: Toys, Television, Tie-Ins, and Technology

    Margaret Mackey


    Chapter 37

    Listening for the Scratch of a Pen: Museums Devoted to Children’s and Young Adult Literature

    Elizabeth Hammill




    Contributor List


    Author Index


    Subject Index




    Shelby A. Wolf is Professor of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
    Karen Coats is Professor of English and Director of English Education at Illinois State University.
    Patricia Enciso is Associate Professor of Literature, Literacy, and Equity Studies at The Ohio State University.
    Christine A. Jenkins is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    "Overall, this is an indispensible collection for any educator, scholar, librarian, reader, or writer who is looking to expand her understanding of the varied perspectives of children’s and young adult literature."
    Children's Literature in Education 

    "The editors of this useful volume successfully bridge the disciplinary divisions that run through much of the scholarship on children’s literature. The volume includes essays by scholars in education, English, and library and information science; these diverse contributors stress the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children’s literature."—Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

    "There is absolutely no valid reason not to own this book or have ready access to it at your institution."--The Learning Assistance Review

    "Wolf and her fellow editors present a great deal of excellent material that will prove helpful to those embarking on their own study of the subject. Highly recommended."
    -- Choice