This page includes resources for those studying young people's texts and cultures, including lectures hosted by CRYTC; international graduate programs in the field; research centres; scholarly associations; and key academic journals and book series.
There are also additional resources that include:
- Journal Special Issues
- Young People and Digital Culture
- University of Winnipeg Library Resources
"Interested Fictions: What Children's Literature Can Tell Us" by Dr. Clare Bradford
Visiting Trudeau Fellow Dr. Clare Bradford gave this lecture as part of the University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies' Inaugural Lecture Series...read more
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Shelter Series: "Disciplines of Home: Reading Textbooks for Young People about Homelessness" by Dr. Mavis Reimer
The 1980s saw a proliferation of textbooks designed for primary and secondary schools on the topic of homelessness and the homeless. In this talk, I try to answer the question of the social and political function of these textbooks...read more
Shelter Series: "The Denigration of Public Housing, and an Alternative Approach to its Revitalization" by Dr. Jim Silver
Large, inner-city public housing complexes have a bad reputation. Denigrated by politicians and the press as "lost causes," "ghettos" and "crime incubators," the image of public housing is dark and bleak. I will argue that this image is flawed...read more
Shelter Series: "Mismanaging Homelessness in a Slow-Growth City" by Dr. Christopher Leo
About nine years ago, the federal government launched an attack on the problem of homelessness. The discourse surrounding the policy was dominated by the problem of homelessness in Toronto. Homelessness, however, is a very different problem in Winnipeg...read more
Zohreh Ghaeni: "A Historical Approach to the Concept of Childhood and Modern Children's Literature in Iran"
Ms. Ghaeni was the winner of the 2006 International Sponsorship Grant from the Children's Literature Association for her paper, "A Historical Approach to the Concept of Childhood and Modern Children's Literature in Iran." Like the other Iranian scholars who were chosen as panelists ...read more
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Niloofar Mahdian: "Children's Literature in a Revolutionary Era"
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Rinaldo Walcott: "What Rap has to Say: Black Youth, Discourses of Crime and Cosmopolitanism"
Rinaldo Walcott is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Cultural Studies. His teaching and research has been largely in the area of cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on black diaspora studies. He has published on music, film, queer theory, literature and theatre. His most recent scholarship branches out from black studies to engage with other forms of marginalized difference in the Canadian nation-making project.Watch video (requires Flash Player)
Kenneth Kidd: "Freud in Oz"
Kenneth Kidd (University of Florida) discusses the entanglements of children's literature and psychoanalysis, from analytical and therapeutic interest in fairy tales, such as Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment, to psychobiographies of Golden Age fantasists such as Lewis Carroll and J. M. Barrie, to the emergence in the twentieth-century of the children's author as child expert.
Kenneth Kidd is an Associate Professor in Department of English at the University of Florida. He is the author of Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale (2004, University of Minnesota Press), a cross-disciplinary study of discourses of boyhood in and around realistic fiction, self-help writing, film, and pop-psychoanalysis. With Sidney I. Dobrin he coedited the anthology Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism (2004, Wayne State University Press).
The M.A. in Cultural Studies is a degree with two currently approved specializations: 1) Texts and Cultures and 2) Curatorial Practices. Students in both specializations will have an opportunity to take courses drawn from six related areas:
- cultural theory
- cultures of childhood
- gender, sexuality, and culture
- local, national, and global cultures
- manuscript, print, and digital cultures
- visual cultures
The program will build upon existing and growing strengths at The University of Winnipeg, including its most recent Canada Research Chair in Young People's Texts and Cultures.
The University of British Columbia offers a multidisciplinary Master of Arts program in Children's Literature, sponsored and administered by the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, with the participation of the departments of English, Language and Literacy Education, and Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. Click here for information on admissions.
Eastern Michigan University offers a Master of Arts program in Children's Literature. The program has a strong base in traditional literature, mythology, folklore and the history of children’s literature, but also includes graduate students in current dialogues about literary and cultural theories, film studies, children’s media, gender studies, multicultural children’s literature, and contemporary children’s culture. For more information, see the brochure.
King's College London offers a Master of Arts program in Child Studies, and a Master of Arts program in International Child Studies. Both the MA in Child Studies and the MA in International Child Studies are available for full and part-time study. They offer inter-disciplinary training for professionals working with children and young people, and graduates intending to work in the statutory or voluntary sector in the UK or overseas. Students can expect to gain an understanding of children’s rights; child health and development; sociological and theoretical approaches to childhood; and local and global issues in child protection.
The Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights (MCR) is a part-time international and interdisciplinary postgraduate programme on children's rights, which takes place over a two-year period. The Programme is organised conjointly by the University of Fribourg and the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB), both in Switzerland, and is designed for professionals who work with children’s rights issues, including lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, judges, social workers, government officials, staff of non-governmental organisations, academics and journalists.
The University of Glasgow offers an exciting new MEd programme, the first of its kind in Scotland, which offers students the opportunity to consider the central concerns of the field of children’s literature and literacy teaching in the light of new perspectives and offers the chance to deepen expertise in specialist areas. It affords course members the opportunity to take a literary and critical stance to well-loved texts as well as introducing them to contemporary authors and texts which push the boundaries of children’s literature.
This established MA programme welcomes students from every continent and from a wide range of disciplines, professions and backgrounds. The course takes a sociological approach to the study of childhoods and focuses on the UN 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is especially suitable for people who work, or plan to work with or for children. We offer three modules in: Theories of Childhood and Children’s Rights; Children’s Rights in Practice - a one-week intensive module (also offered on a stand-alone basis); Researching Childhood; Students then select an additional (fourth) module from the wide range available across the Institute of Education.
The University of Newcastle offers a M.Litt in English Literature specializing in Children's Literature. Based in the School of English's Children's Literature Unit (CLU) this programme, running since 2003, offers students the opportunity to explore and develop interests in children’s literature, while gaining a qualification that can act as a foundation for PhD research, enhance professional career prospects by developing specific skills, or satisfy a desire to study children's literature in depth. It is also possible to incorporate elements of creative writing in the course.
The University of Sussex offers an MA in Childhood and Youth Studies in the School of Education and Social Work. The course is distinctive for being both interdisciplinary and inter-professional and, as such, brings a range of contrasting disciplinary and professional perspectives to bear on policy, practice, and research. Teaching expertise is drawn from within the faculties of Education, Social Work & Social Care, Law, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropoplogy. The MA is one of two flagship programmes of the new Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth at the University of Sussex.
The University of Reading's Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media offers a MA in Children's Literature. The extremely popular and well-known taught MA course (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time) involves the study of a wide range of Children's Literature, and a wide range of issues around Children's Literature, childhood, history, culture, and media. On the MA course, you will find yourself engaged in lively seminar discussions about anything from different cultural and historical ideas about children and reading and writing, the roles of popular fiction, film, television, and new multimedia, to the influence of ancient myth and folktale.
The University of Warwick's Institute of Education offers a MA in Childhood in Society. The degree responds to significant developments and key theoretical debates in childhood studies. The course explores children’s lives and experiences in the social, economic, technological and global contexts of contemporary childhood. It addresses the challenges of an increasingly complex programme of Children’s Services that requires new ways of working with children and their families. The course allows students to plan their study to focus on national and international policy initiatives about children’s rights, learning and development. Childhood in Society has an inter-disciplinary perspective, including: sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, children’s literary studies, early childhood and social policy.
The University of Winchester MA in Writing for Children programme explores the relationship between creative production and critical awareness of children's literature, and develops writing skill in a supportive environment.
University of Worcester's' International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature offers particular opportunities to undertake postgraduate research in the field of international children’s literature. They welcome enquiries from scholars wishing to develop or carry out projects as postgraduate students or post-doctoral researchers.
Shiraz University Centre for Research in Children's Literature Studies offers an MA in Children's Literature.
Trinity College Dublin offers a M.Phil. in Children's Literature. This degree is an opportunity to study a broad range of children’s literature in English, with special attention paid to the role of the Irish contribution to the development of children’s literature in English. The course is uniquely supported by the Pollard Collection, the bequest of more than 10,000 children’s books left to the College by Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard in 2005, and by the College’s deposit library. It’s the only full-time one year taught masters course in children’s literature in Ireland.
Southern Cross University's Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Childhood and Youth Studies qualifications are designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. The awards incorporate the latest research and explore the ways children, childhood and youth are conceptualised within family, community and international settings, including the theories, policies and practices that can inform professional practice. Participants will develop a range of skills to assist them to work more effectively with children and young people.
Housed at the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing is an innovative interdisciplinary 21st century centre that integrates technology, research, teaching and practice in fields pertaining to the culture and wellbeing of children and youth. The Centre has a diverse and high profile advisory board, and a growing list of partners and collaborations. Experts, both field practitioners and academics from across all disciplines, are working with industry and a range of research friends on projects designed to have strong and sustainable practical outcomes.
The Centre has several distinctive features in comparison to other existing centres in the UK. Its members have unique expertise in poetry, film and multimedial texts, including picturebooks, as well as in teaching and promoting writing for children. The team has a strong international focus and a special interest in historical and sociocultural perspectives on children’s literature. We offer an exemplary balance of literary, aesthetic and educational approaches to the subject, as well as substantial theoretical expertise and wide experience of conducting empirical research in the field. We have strong links with the artistic community of authors, artists and poets (the Poet Laureate is an Honorary Homerton Fellow) and literary and artistic institutions such as the Arts Council, Poetry Society, Poetry Book Society, Book Trust, and British Council.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1976. It is dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Its programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.
The Center for Children's Literature and Culture is an interdisciplinary center based in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Members of the Center include faculty and researchers from the University community; teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others working directly with children; and artists and writers creating works for children in print and other media. Its purpose is to encourage the exploration of this vital area of cultural life through scholarly and critical investigations; through meetings, symposia, and seminars; and through the development of innovative ways to make the research and concerns of its members available to the general public.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Space (ISYS) conducts
research that deepens our knowledge base regarding the geographic spaces of
children, families, and communities at scales from personal to local to global.
ISYS also provides a community-consulting program that partners with youth
serving organizations and policy-makers to inform policies and improve
programs that impact children and young people.
The Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict was founded on the belief that much can be done to better understand the way young people experience political conflict and to strengthen efforts to assist them in leading constructive lives. The center engages in research, interventions, program evaluations, and dissemination of information about youth and political conflict. The goal of all our work is to provide research-based information for practitioners and policy-makers who seek to address the needs of this unique population.this unique population.
The Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies (CCAS) is the leading university centre for the promotion of Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand. It is a multidisciplinary and cross-faculty Centre based in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. It is dedicated to comparative and interdisciplinary study related to Canada and particularly to comparative study between Australia and Canada.
The CCYP promotes the status and voice of children and young people through its research, education, and advocacy activities. The work of the CCYP is facilitated by a team of interdisciplinary researchers working collaboratively with practitioners and policy makers to enhance the well being of children and young people in their families, schools and communities.
The Centre is a forum for shared thinking – Promoting seminars, workshops, conferences, publications – Planning a programme of research – Building links between academics, policy makers and practitioners – Developing international links. Our themes include: Children and young people’s participation in decision-making; Children and young people’s inclusion (in relation to ethnicity, poverty, disability and ill-health, care, etc); Migration and child refugees; Children’s rights and citizenship.
The Centre for Children's Book Studies reflects the strengths of several research areas within Anglia Ruskin University: the Cambridge School of Art, the Faculty of Education, and the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media. The Centre works closely with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, bringing together theory and practice through an ongoing collaboration between staff and students across the two institutions. We consider the material book as a historical, cultural, and artistic object which relates to a variety of disciplines.
The Centre for Children's Literature opened in Autumn 1998. It is situated at the Danish University of Education in connection with the National Library of Education. It is the task of the Centre to "create the most favourable conditions for the production and dissemination of and research on literature for children and young people", as stated in the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Education in Spring 1998.
The Centre for Children’s Literature is the centre of expertise in children’s literature. Its work constitutes a special assignment of the Reading Association. Its central feature is a specialist library with a unique collection of children’s books and a collection of subject literature on children’s literature, the promotion of reading, and library work in different languages and viewed through the eyes of a multitude of disciplines. The library is accessible for students in higher education, teachers, librarians, and specialists from the education and cultural sectors.
The History Faculty has recently established a Centre for the History of Childhood. This is the first centre for the history of childhood in the United Kingdom, and it is hoped that its creation will help to foster interest in this burgeoning area of historical research within and without the University. The Centre exists both to promote research into the history of childhood and to encourage links between historians and childcare professionals in the belief that close association between the two will be of mutual benefit.
CSCY is an interdisciplinary research centre for the study of childhood and youth. It has seven core objectives: to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of childhood and youth that can inform policy and academic debates; to break new theoretical ground in childhood and youth studies informed by the diverse experiences and perspectives of children and youth; to develop methodological approaches to the study of childhood and youth that can cross disciplinary boundaries and epistemologies; to become a Centre of excellence for postgraduate research in childhood and youth studies; to maintain and further develop partnerships with policy and user communities, locally, nationally and internationally; to build international collaborations for the comparative academic study of childhood and youth; and to disseminate research findings to children and young people.
CSCYM is a research centre based at the University of London Institute of Education. It is located in the London Knowledge Lab, a new state-of-the art facility in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district.
The Centro Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil is the branch of the Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez specialized in the field of children's and young adults' literature and reading promotion between children and young adults. Activities include specialization in analysis and selection of children's and young adults' materials and research and innovation in the fields of children's and young adults' literature and libraries.
The Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design (CYE) is part of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. Since its founding in 2004, CYE has moved to the forefront of efforts in the design professions and allied disciplines to promote the health, safety and welfare of children and youth. Working in collaboration with community partners, CYE supports meaningful participation by young people in the creation of thriving communities for all people. The Center undertakes interdisciplinary activities in research, teaching and community outreach that connect the worlds of research, policy and practice to improve young people’s environments. It focuses in particular on children and youth in environments of disadvantage and those with special needs.
The School of English at Newcastle University, U.K., is a national and international centre for the study of children's books. Its Children's Literature Unit runs courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and hosts numerous doctoral students. Its staff conduct research into many aspects of children's books and culture, both historical and contemporary. The Children's Literature Unit collaborates closely with Seven Stories, Newcastle's new centre for the children's book, sharing resources to encourage scholarship and public interest in children's literature. Seven Stories holds an expanding archive of manuscripts, original illustrations, private papers and printed books by many of the leading British writers and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The CRC is all about children by children. Our primary objective is to empower children and young people as active researchers. The CRC recognises that children are experts on their own lives. We value the child's perspective and believe in promoting child voice by supporting children to carry out research on topics that are important to them.
The mandate of the CBU Children’s Rights Centre is to: conduct research on children’s rights and children’s issues, further public knowledge and education about children’s rights, monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada, provide a resource centre for students conducting research in children’s rights through courses, training and employment, and direct supervision of student research projects.
The Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood was established in the English Department at the University of Reading in Reading, England, in October 1996. Known as CIRCL for short, the Graduate Centre aims to promote and coordinate international and interdisciplinary academic research in childhood, focusing particularly on research in children and culture, children's literature, and children and the media.
The Finnish Institute for Children's Literature (SNI) established 1978, is a documentation, information and research centre. The institute's three full time experts provide information to teachers, university students and members of the general public. The institute serves as a connecting link for organizations, researchers and individuals active in the field.
Das Institut, das 1965 als gemeinnütziger Verein gegründet wurde, versteht sich als Service- und Kommunikationszentrum für den kinder- und jugendliterarischen Bereich. Zu unseren Aufgaben zählen neben unserer Beratungstätigkeit die Fort- und Weiterbildung von Vermittlergruppen, nationale und internationale Netzwerkbildungen und die Erarbeitung bzw. Vermittlung von Informationen, Datenbanken und Publikationen. Unser grundsätzliches Hauptanliegen ist die Steigerung des gesellschaftspolitischen Stellenwertes des Themas "Kinder- und Jugendliteratur."
L’institut international Charles Perrault est une association de loi 1901 a but non lucrative, fondee en 1994 par Jean Perrot, specialiste en litterature de jeunesse, en collaboration avec la ville d’Eaubonne et l’Université Paris 13, avec le concours des CRDP de Versailles et de Creteil et l’inspection academique du Val d’Oise.
The Institute of Childhood Studies was set up in June 2005. It is the first children’s culture research institute sponsored by a university in China, and the first independent research organization in the University. The Institute aims to take advantage of the University’s competitive edge in this discipline, to regroup academic resources, deepen children’s culture research, to build a research team of high academic potential and national status, to produce nationally cutting-edge research results that can enter the international academic exchange scene, and make the Institute a key national institution in children’s culture research.
The Centre was launched in October 2002 and brings together academics from a range of disciplines across three of the University's academic Schools who have a shared interest in researching the lives of children and youth. The main purpose of the Centre is to act as a forum for cross-disciplinary research. Through the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration in the design, conduct and dissemination of research, members of the Centre contribute to the production of new knowledge concerning the lives of children and young people.
The International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature (IFRCL) provides a focus for literary, cultural and socio-historical scholarly enquiry into writing for children, internationally. Its interests extend to broader fields, as they relate to children and childhood, including drama, performance studies, folklore, illustration and media.
A comprehensive international research, materials, and information center for children's literature located in Osaka, Japan.
The International Youth Library, housed in the late-medieval Blutenberg Castle, boasts the world's largest collection of international children's and youth literature. The International Youth Library's fellowship programme has two primary goals: to support research in the field of international children's and youth literature and illustration, and to promote academic exchange and international cooperation. For more details, see here.
The L.M. Montgomery Institute is housed in the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), a post-secondary institution whose forebears were St. Dunstan's University and Prince of Wales College (Montgomery's own alma mater). The L.M. Montgomery Institute is dedicated to helping students and scholars learn about and study L.M. Montgomery's life, works, and influence. The Institute is a centre for Montgomery studies with a focus on academic scholarship and a centre for the promotion of L.M. Montgomery with a focus on education, teaching, and increasing awareness of the author.
Nearly thirty years old, SDSU's Children's Literature Program is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country. Among its faculty are leading scholars in Children's literature, authors of numerous and distinguished books and essays in the field, and prize-winning researchers with national and international reputations.
The NCRCL promotes academic excellence in research into children’s literature, primarily through its thriving postgraduate MA and PhD programmes, conferences and biennial international summer schools. Its tutors also teach at undergraduate level, to ensure the position and prestige of children’s literature within Roehampton University.
The Nordic Council of Ministers' portal for children's and youth culture in all the Nordic countries, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and North-West Russia.
Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) is a national, interdisciplinary centre that started its activities in 1982. NOSEB does basic and applied long-term research on childhood, and on the activities and conditions of children's lives.
The Norwegian Institute for Children's Books (NBI) is the national information centre and documentation archive of Norway for the literature of children and young people. The NBI receives government funding from the Ministry of Cultural and Church Affairs.
Established in 2005, SUCCLS is a research centre run by the office of the Vice–Chancellor for Research of Shiraz University.
The heart of this project is a focus on the importance of fairy tales as a creative force both in literature and culture. Literary fairy tales can be seen, in terms of genre, to mediate between, on the one hand, folktales, from which they often derive both form and content; and on the other, the more elaborate narratives of full-blown fantasy novels. The Centre will provide a forum where writers and scholars from various disciplines can discuss folk narratives, fairy tales and fantasy works, both as independent ‘genres’ (the literary fantastic, for example, may not always have obvious folk- or fairy-tale motifs), and also in terms of the resonances and dissonances between them, and other cultural forms.
The Swedish Institute for Children's Books was founded in 1965 and:
- is a public research library
- collects and makes accessible literature for children and young people
- promotes knowledge about literature for children and young people in Sweden
- supports research and circulates inforamtion about research results
- is a national and interantional liaison body
- is financed by the Ministry of Education
- is a foundation of which the members are: The Swedish Institute Association of Illustrators, Stockholm University, The Swedish Publishers' Association and The Swedish Writers' Union.
Das Schweizerische Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien SIKJM wurde im Januar 2002 gegründet. Es entstand aus dem Zusammenschluss des Schweizerischen Bund für Jugendliteratur (SBJ) mit dem Schweizerischen Jugendbuch-Institut (SJI). Leseförderung, Forschung und Dokumentation im Bereich Kinder- und Jugendliteratur sind seine Hauptaufgaben. Das Schweizerische Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien SIKJM verfügt über Zweigstellen in der Romandie und im Tessin. Es wird vom Bundesamt für Kultur, vom Staatssekretariat für Bildung und Forschung sowie von Stadt und Kanton Zürich mitunterstützt.
This series recognises and supports innovative work on the child and on literature for children and adolescents that informs teaching and engages with current and emerging debates in the field. Proposals are welcome for interdisciplinary and comparative studies by humanities scholars working in a variety of fields, including literature; book history, periodicals history, and print culture and the sociology of texts; theater, film, musicology, and performance studies; history, including the history of education; gender studies; art history and visual culture; cultural studies; and religion.
The overarching aim of the CLCC series is to promote truly new theoretical approaches in the realm of children’s literature research on the one hand, and to emphasize a non-Anglo-American focus, bringing in exciting research from other areas. In addition, the new book series shall present research from many linguistic areas to an international audience, reinforce interaction between research conducted in many different languages and present high standard research on the basis of secondary sources in a number of languages and based in a variety of research traditions. Basically the series should encourage a cross- and interdisciplinary approach on the basis of literary studies, media studies, comparative studies, reception studies, literacy studies, cognitive studies and linguistics. The series should include monographs and essay collections which are international in scope and intend to stimulate innovative research in children’s literature with a focus on children’s literature (including other media), children’s culture and cognition, thus encouraging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in this expanding field.
This timely new series brings innovative perspectives to research on children's literature. It offers accessible but sophisticated accounts of contemporary critical approaches and applies them to the study of a diverse range of children's texts - literature, film and multimedia. Critical Approaches to Children's Literature includes monographs from both internationally recognised and emerging scholars. It demonstrates how new voices, new combinations of theories, and new shifts in the scholarship of literary and cultural studies illuminate the study of children's texts.
Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, it is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series is expanding its focus to include childhood studies, and also seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity.
A broad-ranging series that publishes scholarship from various disciplines, approaches and perspectives relevant to the concepts and relations of childhood and family in Canada. Our interests also include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical investigations of gender, race, sexuality, geography, language and culture within these categories of experience, historical and contemporary.
An online information resource presented by the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada
This database includes Canadian Children's Fiction Award Winners. It was first developed as a student project at the University of Winnipeg Library.
The Canadian Children's Illustrated Books Project website has over 300 annotated print, audiovisual and electronic links to resources, associations, etc. on Canadian children's literature and international illustration.
The PIKA database provides a unique window on Canadian children's literature. Contained in the database are records for all children's books held in the National Library's Canadian Children's Literature Service Collection -- over 35 000 titles. The collection contains Canadian children's books in English, French and other languages, dating from the 19th century to the present day.
A list of books for young readers from around the world that deal with the issue of environmental stewardship. A group of teachers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are working with these books with aid from the Longview Foundation and with the cooperation of Salisbury University.
A bibliography of secondary sources about homelessness and young people compiled by the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures.
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
A collection of contemporary and historical books about Native American Indian themes including novels, short stories, non-fiction, and picture books
Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.
This site contains a historical sketch of pop-up and movable books. It focuses on books published after 1850, with the exception of paper dolls by S & J Fuller. The purpose of the site is to give an overview of the important artists and publishers involved in creation and distribution of novelty books and, just as importantly, to provide an image for the examples described whenever possible. Although the images are unable to mimic entirely the interactivity of the spectacular originals, a lot of the images are animated to depict the scenes in action. The books featured are part of the Gustine Courson Weaver Collection at the University of North Texas Libraries.
Portolan is an annotated bibliography of Atlantic Canadian books for children and young adults. Atlantic Canada consists of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.
Debbie Reese's blog about critical perspectives of indigenous peoples in children's books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large
A blog that celebrates the Newberry’s children’s book holdings which range from the Renaissance to the current day in many different languages and subjects
Blog about children's literature and YA literature/culture by Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Associate Professor and Affiliate in Gender and Women’s Studies at Western Michigan University
Research blog by Sara M. Grimes, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto, where she teaches and researches primarily in the areas of children's new media and literature. Primary areas of research are: children's new media & literature; digital games and the intersection of play, technology & transmedia intertexts.
Blog about children's literature, comics, politics and music by Dr. Philip Nel, Professor in English at Kansas State University
A blog by a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry for every age group. Its membership is a combination of poets, authors, teachers, students, scholars, editors, librarians, booksellers, and readers of every age from around the world.
News blog run by San Diego State University's Children's Literature Program and the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature.
Research blog by Sara Park, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research interests include representations of the Korean diaspora in children’s and young adult literature, youth services librarianship, social justice, transracial adoption, and Korean diasporic history.
This UBC collection contains British and North American children's books from the late eighteenth century to 1939. The collection is particularly strong in material by and about Lewis Carroll. Some unique items include Canadian "firsts", early editions of classics, and works of important illustrators.
A department of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, the Center is one of North America's leading resources for the study of children's and young adult literature. The growing collection of 50,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art, and papers of authors and illustrators, has an international and multicultural emphasis. Its materials are available to anyone for use in the Center's reading area.
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries contains more than 100,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United States from the mid-1600s through 2007. Its holdings of more than 800 early American imprints is the second largest such collection in the United States. The product of Ruth Baldwin's 40-year collection development efforts, this vast assemblage of literature printed primarily for children offers an equally vast territory of topics for the researcher to explore: education and upbringing, family and gender roles, civic values, racial, religious, and moral attitudes, literary style and format, and the arts of illustration and book design.
The Cotsen Children's Library is a very special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library. Its international research collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day is the benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50.
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is on American and British children's literature, historical and contemporary. Founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, the Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1200 authors and illustrators, as well as 120,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. Part of Special Collections, the de Grummond Collection is housed in the McCain Library and Archives on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.
The Dromkeen National Centre is a unique collection of original illustrations, artworks and manuscripts from Australian children’s picture books. Housed in Dromkeen Homestead at Riddells Creek in Victoria, the Dromkeen Collection includes original finished illustrations and artwork, sketches, preliminary artwork, diagrams and dummies of books revealing the complex creative journey in producing picture book stories for children. The Dromkeen Collection is the most valuable and significant of its kind in Australia.
The Estonian Children's Literature Centre was established in 1933. It has an Archives Library, a Specialised Information Centre, a Development and Training Centre, and a Children's Library.
As a unit at the University of Southern Denmark, our center specializes in research and information on matters related to Hans Christian Andersen. The centre was established in 1988. Texts, material and information, as well as bibliographical, historical and current references are available at the Hans Christian Andersen Center web site for a variety of users, who differ widely regarding culture, nationality and interest.
The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books had its beginnings in a visit by a British librarian, Edgar Osborne, to Toronto Public Library's Boys and Girls House branch in 1934. Osborne was impressed by the range and quality of children's services established and flourishing under TPL's first head of children's services, Lillian H. Smith. Osborne donated his personal collection of some 2,000 rare and notable children's books to Toronto Public Library in 1949, as a research collection in historical children's literature.
The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) was founded on January 1, 2000 as a branch of the National Diet Library (NDL). It partially opened to the public on May 5, 2000 and started full services on May 5, 2002. The ILCL provides internationally linked library services for children’s literature and related materials published in Japan and in other countries. The ILCL is the first national library of its kind in Japan.
The mission of the Archives is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children's literature by collecting, preserving and making available wide-ranging resources. The collection includes over 20,000 books, with 2400 of these in overseas translations in 53 languages, over 390 research files, and significant collections of authors', illustrators' and publishers' papers, manuscripts and artwork.
A resource produced by the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection, one of the world's great children's literature research collections. The Collection includes books, original manuscripts and illustrations, and many related materials. The materials in the Collection are studied by teachers, librarians, students, authors, illustrators, translators, and critics who come from Minnesota and other states as well as from many foreign countries.
Newcastle's new centre for children's books, sharing resources to encourage scholarship, and public interest in children's literature. Seven Stories holds illustrations, private papers and printed books by many of the leading British writers and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
A resource presented by Ryerson University, including exhibit, book and gallery information about the centenary anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic novel Anne of Green Gables
A resource for information about The Art of Illustration: A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Children's Book Illustrators, an exhibition held at the National Library of Canada from April 24 to December 7, 1997
Girl Museum is a virtual space for research, exhibitions and education centered wholly on the subject of being a girl. We explore and document the unique experience of growing up female through historic and contemporary images, stories and material culture. Our primary focus is research, exhibitions and collaboration.
The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature collaborates with award-winning artists to produce exhibitions of their artwork that are distinctive, appealing to museum visitors of all ages, and of the highest quality. In addition to this unique artistic partnership, following its debut at the NCCIL gallery each exhibition travels to museums, public libraries, and galleries nationwide.
The V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. The collection features toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography.
Includes the following articles:
- Felton Earls, "Children: From Rights to Citizenship"
- Paula S. Fass, "A Historical Context for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child"
- Geraldine Van Bueren, "Multigenerational Citizenship: The Importance of Recognizing Children as National and International Citizens"
- Marta Maurás, "Public Policies and Child Rights: Entering the Third Decade of the Convention on the Rights of the Child"
- Irene Rizzini, "The Promise of Citizenship for Brazilian Children: What Has Changed?"
- Elizabeth Bartholet, "Ratification by the United States of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Pros and Cons from a Child’s Rights Perspective"
- Donald J. Hernandez, Nancy A. Denton, and Victoria L. Blanchard, "Children in the United States of America: A Statistical Portrait by Race-Ethnicity, Immigrant Origins, and Language"
- James Bohman, "Children and the Rights of Citizens: Nondomination and Intergenerational Justice"
- Andrew Rehfeld, "The Child as Democratic Citizen"
- Allison James, "To Be (Come) or Not to Be (Come): Understanding Children’s Citizenship"
- Judith Torney-Purta and Jo-Ann Amadeo, "Participatory Niches for Emergent Citizenship in Early Adolescence: An International Perspective"
- Daniel Hart and Robert Atkins, American Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds Are Ready to Vote
- Mary Carlson and Felton Earls, "Adolescents as Deliberative Citizens: Building Health Competence in Local Communities"
- Clotilde Fonseca and Maria Eugenia Bujanda, "Promoting Children’s Capacities for Active and Deliberative Citizenship with Digital Technologies: The CADE Project in Costa Rica"
- Appendix: Time Line of Children’s Rights
Includes the following articles:
- Lizzy Bleumers and An Jacobs, "Beyond Being There: A Grounded Investigation of the Value of Virtual Worlds for Remote Family Interaction"
- Yasmin B. Kafai and Nina H. Fefferman, "Virtual Epidemics as Learning Laboratories in Virtual Worlds"
- Eric M. Meyers, Lisa P. Nathan and Kristene Unsworth, "Who’s Watching Your Kids? Safety and Surveillance in Virtual Worlds for Children"
- Andra Siibak and Kristi Vinter, "Making Sense of the Virtual World for Young Children: Estonian Pre-School Teachers’ Experiences and Perceptions"
- Terhi Tuukkanen, Ahmer Iqbal and Marja Kankaanranta, "A Framework for Children’s Participatory Practices in Virtual Worlds"
Includes the following articles:
- Michelle Beissell Heath, "Lessons Not Learned: 'Bad Cocoa', 'Worse Blankets', and the Unhappy Endings of Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales"
- Helen Davies, "'They whisper into my ears the tale of their perilous joys': The powers of the feminine voice in Oscar Wilde's 'The Fisherman and his Soul'"
- Mary C. King, "Origins, Interpellations and Decadence in 'The Birthday of the Infanta'"
- Heather Kirkpatrick, "The Word Made Flesh: Christ and the Artist in Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales"
- Neelima Luthra, "Allegories of the Self: Subjectivity and Sexuality in Enchanted Lands in Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales"
- Heather Marcovitch," 'The Fisherman and His Soul' and the Unconscious"
- Anna Orhanen, "Beauty as Beastly: Aesthetic-Ethical Duality in Oscar Wilde's 'The Star-Child'"
- Amelia A. Rutledge, "Flowers of Love, Death, and Redemption: Wagnerian Motifs in Oscar Wilde's 'The Fisherman and His Soul' and 'The Nightingale and the Rose'"
- Jacqueline Wiegard, "The Alchemist's New Clothes: Royal Raiment and Psycho-social Significance in Oscar Wilde's 'The Happy Prince' and 'The Young King'"
The Childhood and Youth Studies Collaborative critically looks at the socio-historical constructions of children and transitions to adulthood, child-parent relations, and modern discourses and representations of childhood and adolescence.
The Social Science History Association is an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies. SSHA might be best seen as a coalition of distinctive scholarly communities.
The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation that was established in 1945 and is comprised of branches of individual members who are passionate about children's and young adult literature.
Canadian Children's Literature Service is meant for: parents, children and young adults; librarians, teachers and students; authors, writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers; independent researchers from Canada and elsewhere; and fans of Canadian children's literature.
The Childwatch International Research Network is a global network of institutions that collaborate in child research for the purpose of promoting child rights and improving children’s well-being around the world.
Communication-Jeunesse est un organisme culturel d'envergure nationale, à but non lucratif. Il a vu le jour en 1971, grâce à une poignée d'artistes et d'artisans des milieux de la culture et de l'éducation qui se sont regroupés et ont fondé une association dans le but d'encourager et de soutenir la création de productions culturelles pour la jeunesse, et de rendre celles-ci accessibles aux jeunes d'ici. Le cheval de bataille de Communication-Jeunesse a toujours été la défense de la littérature québécoise et canadienne-française pour la jeunesse.
IBBY Canada's mission is to introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world and to promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada.
The Network’s mission is to promote, internationally, the inter-disciplinary study of children and young people in order to further awareness and understanding of issues that affect their well being.
The Nordic Network of African Childhood and Youth Research (NoNACYR) aims to enhance collaboration among scholars in Nordic countries who carry out research and teaching in childhood and youth studies focusing on the African continent. The Network comprises key research groups, and PhD and post-doctoral fellows from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Its task includes promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on empirical research findings, collaborative research and publication, and academic and policy debates on research on, about, and/or with children and young people in contemporary Africa.
Outside In is an organisation set up to promote, explore and celebrate world literature and particularly children's books in translation.
We are a group of Oxford University students and academics who work with children's literature and childhood studies from a literary and cultural perspective. Our seminar series runs during term time at the University of Oxford, and is open to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors that wish to attend.
The Research Forum for the Child was established in 2005 at Queen's University Belfast. It has over 180 members in twelve disciplines across the University. It aims to promote high quality, interdisciplinary research that provides a better understanding of the issues that affect children and young people in order to improve their life chances and experiences.
We are a group of people who share a common interest in Canadian children's literature, both fiction and non-fiction. We meet several times per year to hear an author or illustrator tell about his/her published works, and sometimes works in progress.
Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team.
Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.
Rethinking Childhood/Children in the 21st Century - two day conference held at Birkbeck College London with Sander Gilman, Jack Zipes, Michael Rosen, Barbara Bennett-Woodhouse and many others. We used to know what a child was. The social history of childhood was a product of the 20th century and its new focus on the social construction of cultural categories. The “child” became the ultimate insider's outsider. In psychology and law, notions of the “best interest” of the child came to define the actual social position of the child. The rise of middle class values that seemed to obsessively center on the child, in the West as well as in Asia, defined the “best interest” in ways that stressed material values. This focus lead to further obsessions about mass childhood abuse as well as the representations of the child as the object of trauma from the concentration camps to the Upper West Side. (See the spate of faked or forged holocaust autobiographies such as Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments or the extraordinarily popular novels of Jodi Picoult). In retrospect the invention of childhood seems from the standpoint of the 21st century as too easy, too obvious, too reductive, too uncritical. The conference will bring together a wide range of scholars and practioners from history, law, literature, psychology, sociology to examine the older meanings of childhood and the new attempts to rethink this category in society, both west and east. One focus will be on public scholarship. We will examine the literal representations of childhood in the new wave of “museums of childhood” and their reinvention over the past decade.
This event has been recorded and is now available as a series of podcasts.
The Caribbean Poetry Project is a pioneering collaboration between Cambridge University Faculty of Education, the Centre for Commonwealth Education, and the University of West Indies at Mona (Jamaica), St Augustine (Trinidad) and at Cave Hill (Barbados). Through a joint research and teaching programme, our three-year project will encourage engagement with Caribbean poetry, and improve the teaching and learning of poetry in both British and Caribbean schools.
Children’s Lives, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be the first major project in Birmingham and the West Midlands to consider children’s lived experiences from the 18th century to the present day. The project consists of a series of interrelated activities and will draw on the nationally acclaimed collections of archives, artefacts, oral histories and film material relating to the lives of children in the past held by Birmingham Archives & Heritage, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and the Media Archive of Central England.
Human Rights Watch researchers Dr. Annie Sparrow and Olivier Bercault visited Chad in February 2005 to assess the issues of protection and sexual violence in the refugee camps along the Darfur/Chad border. In her work as a pediatrician, Dr. Sparrow habitually asks children to draw while she talks to their parents or guardians. She did the same thing in Darfur. While Bercault and Sparrow spoke with parents, teachers, and camp leaders, the children drew. Without any instruction or guidance, the children drew scenes from their experiences of the war in Darfur: the attacks by the Janjaweed, the bombings by Sudanese government forces, the shootings, the burning of entire villages, and the flight to Chad. As Sparrow and Bercault visited schools in refugee camps in Chad, many children between the ages of 8 and 17 shared the drawings they had done in their school notebooks, often alongside their lessons in Arabic or math. Schoolchildren from seven refugee camps and the border town of Tine offered Human Rights Watch’s researchers hundreds of drawings in the hope that the rest of the world would see their stories as described in their own unique visual vocabulary of war.
Equityforchildren.org is an initiative of the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School, now in partnership with the Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University. Its mission is to engage students, scholars, practitioners, governmental/non-profit organizations and the media with promoting awareness, increasing knowledge and advocating action about issues affecting equity for children and the realization of their rights worldwide.
The Playtimes website is part of a wider Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled ‘Children’s Games and Songs in the New Media Age’. The project is part of the AHRC’s ‘Beyond Text’ programme which seeks to highlight the importance of communication, sensory perception, orality and material culture within current scholarship and today’s digital culture. The ‘Children’s Games and Songs’ project aims to preserve children’s games and songs as an important aspect of our national culture; but also seeks to explore how they continue to be a part of the lives of children living in the age of computer games and the internet. What does this oral tradition borrow from the media; and how might it connect with the entertainment and information technologies of the age of new media?
These short films highlight the extraordinary work of three New York City elementary school teachers as they broach topics of social urgency in hopes of cultivating a more aware and compassionate citizenry of young children. For those intimidated by external control of and sanctions over classroom curriculum, these vignettes hope to alleviate a looming sense of fear and constraint expressed by public school teachers and encourage all to consider the wondrous possibilities of engaging important social issues with elementary-age students.
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature is a refereed journal published quarterly by the International Board on Books for Young People.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials is an electronic reviewing journal. It reviews Canadiana of interest to children and young adults, including publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada, such as those having a Canadian writer, illustrator or subject.
Paper Tigers is a website about books in English for young readers. It embraces multicultural books from or about anywhere in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
Led by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, the Youth and Media project encompasses an array of research on youth and technology. By understanding young people’s interactions with digital media such as the Internet, cell phones and video games, we may address the issues their practices raise, learn how to harness the opportunities their digital fluency presents, and shape our regulatory and educational frameworks in a way that advances the public interest.
Located at the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and hosted at UC Irvine, the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub investigates the ways in which digital technology is changing learning environments, social and civic institutions, and youth culture.
The core element of this programme is to try to understand how citizen agency can be stimulated and power balances challenged by looking at these issues from the combined perspectives of technology, youth and engagement. This is a sub-site of the Hivos Knowledge Programme, a practitioner-academic collaboration aimed at developing knowledge on issues imperative to the work of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the development sector at large. To achieve its goals Hivos works closely with CSOs and academic centres worldwide.
Global Kids, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in using digital media to promote global awareness and youth civic engagement. Global Kids’ Online Leadership Program (OLP) integrates a youth development approach and international and public policy issues into youth media programs that build digital literacy, foster substantive online dialogues, develop resources for educators, and promote civic participation.
Young Digital is a resource for anyone with an interest in using digital media for research, consultation or participation activities with children and young people.
This Guide provides a starting point for materials on Children's Literature.
These are the listings for the Picture Book Collection in the University of Winnipeg Library catalogue.