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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 

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



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



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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