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1st Edition

Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature

ISBN 9780415965064
Published October 19, 2010 by Routledge
568 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Introduction to Part 1 

1. Children Reading at Home: An Historical Overview, Evelyn Arizpe & Morag Styles

2. Questioning the Value of Literacy: A Phenomenology of Speaking and Reading in Children, Eva-Maria Simms

3. The Book as Home? It All Depends. Shirley Brice Heath

4. Reading Literature in Elementary Classrooms, Kathy G. Short

5. Readers, Texts, and Contexts in the Middle: Re-imagining Literature Education for Young Adolescents, Thomas P. Crumpler & Linda Wedwick

6. Reading Literature in Secondary School: Disciplinary Discourses in Global Times, Cynthia Lewis & Jessica Dockter

7. Imagining a Writer’s Life: Extending the Connection Between Readers and Books, Elizabeth Dutro & Monette C. McIver

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

9. School Libraries and the Transformation of Readers and Reading, Eliza T. Dresang & M. Bowie Kotrla

10. Public Libraries in the Lives of Young Readers: Past, Present, and Future, Kathleen Weibel, Virginia A. Walter, & Paulette M. Rothbauer

11. Becoming Readers of Literature with LGBT Themes In and Out of Classrooms, Mollie V. Blackburn & Caroline T. Clark

12. Immigrant Students as Cosmopolitan Intellectuals, Gerald Campano & Maria Paula Ghiso


Introduction to Part 2

13. History of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Deborah Stevenson

Point of Departure, Lois Lowry

14. Dime Novels and Series Books, Catherine Sheldrick Ross

Point of Departure, Candice Ransom

15. Folklore in Children’s Literature: Contents and Discontents, Betsy Hearne

Point of Departure, Julius Lester

16. African American Children’s Literature: Researching Its Development, Exploring Its Voices, Rudine Sims Bishop

Point of Departure, Jacqueline Woodson

17.The Art of the Picturebook, Lawrence R. Sipe

Point of Departure, Chris Raschka

Point of Departure, David Wiesner

18. Comics and Graphic Novels, Robin Brenner

Point of Departure, Gareth Hinds

Point of Departure, Raina Telgemeier

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

20. Nonfiction Literature for Children: Old Assumptions and New Directions, Barbara Kiefer & Melissa I. Wilson

Point of Departure, Penny Colman

21. Genre as Nexus: The Novel for Children and Young Adults, Mike Cadden

Point of Departure, Philip Pullman

22. Young Adult Literature: Growing Up, In Theory, Karen Coats

Point of Departure, Markus Zusak

23. Reading Indigeneity: The Ethics of Interpretation and Representation, Clare Bradford

Point of Departure, Joseph Bruchac

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

25. Ideology and Children’s Books, Robyn McCallum & John Stephens

Point of Departure, M.T. Anderson

26. The Author’s Perspective, Claudia Mills

Point of Departure, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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

28. Where Worlds Meet, Ana Maria Machado

Point of Departure, Katherine Paterson

29. Translation and Crosscultural Reception, Maria Nikolajeva

Point of Departure, Tara F. Chace

30. The Implied Reader of the Translation, Petros Panaou & Tasoula Tsilimeni

Point of Departure, Kostia Kontoleon

31. International Communities Building Places for Youth Reading, Michael Daniel Ambatchew

Point of Departure, Jane Kurtz

Point of Departure, Yohannes Gebregeorgis

32. Censorship: Book Challenges, Challenging Books, and Young Readers, Christine Jenkins

33. Reviewing Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Michael Cart

34. Awards in Literature for Children and Adolescents, Junko Yokota

35. The Economics of Children’s Book Publishing in the 21st Century, Joel Taxel

36. Spinning Off: Toys, Television, Tie-Ins, and Technology, Margaret Mackey

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

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"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