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Art, Narrative and Childhood

Art, Narrative and Childhood consists of a series of articles based on papers presented at ‘Reading Pictures’, an international conference held at Homerton College, Cambridge in 2000. As far as I know this was by far the largest gathering devoted to serious consideration of pictures, books and childhood ever held in these islands. It was…

Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature

This substantial and wide-ranging study explores the construction of childhood in the so-called Golden Age of British children’s literature covering approximately seventy years from the mid nineteenth to the opening decades of the twentieth century. The introduction maps out the parameters of the book clearly and states that the study will take issue with previous…

Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts

Books about children’s books tend either to discuss the field in terms of critical theory or else to take a childcentred or reader-response/reader-reception approach, but Children Reading Pictures endeavours to bridge the gap between those who take more theoretical interest in picturebooks and those who are practitioners in the classroom. Two chapters, ‘The nature of…

Children’s Literature and New York City

New York City has been immortalized in cultural artifacts like film, music, art, and literature as a place of “binaries and paradoxes,” a city as much a myth as it is reality (1). Whether portrayed as sophisticated or chaotic, or depicted as a place of beauty and inspiration, or horror and violence, New York City…

Children’s Literature as Communication

This book had its genesis in a Finnish research and doctoral education programme entitled ChiLPA, concerned with pure and applied children’s literature, which was established in 1998 at Abo Akademi University. Its agenda, as reflected in this book, is to explore the content, literary form and the potential social functions of children’s literature. Its specific…

Children’s Literature in English at the Turn of the Millennium

Like so much published in the field of children’s literature, this collection is something of a mixed bag, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, reflecting as it does the diversity of interests involved in the field. It is a collection of essays and papers forming part of the proceedings of two conferences held…

Children’s Literature On The Move: Nations, Translations, Migrations

On the jacket of Children's Literature on the Move, the protagonist from Whitson and Nic Sheáin’s Cogito is sitting on a suitcase in the middle of a strange-looking environment, immersed in a book. She is about to be asked existential questions by nosy inhabitants –where she comes from, who she is, and whether she really…

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

This is not a book that fills just one gap, it fills countless gaps. In fewer than 200 pages, it conveys a wealth of information about more or less all aspects of picturebooks, and while at times one would like more on a specific topic, it does point to lines of further enquiry. Laid out…

Drafting and Assessing Poetry

Bringing a poet into the classroom is the ultimate way of breathing life into the process of writing poetry. If the visit is to be a success and to have a long-lasting impact on students’ perceptions of poetry, then it must be properly planned. This book is aimed at teachers working with poetry in the…

Experiencing Environment and Place through Children’s Literature

This collection on ecoliteracy and ecopedagogy is not “new” (the content originally appeared in a 2010 special issue of the journal Environmental Education Research), but its contributions from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK do reflect the need to consider environmental education both locally and globally.      The mainly research-based chapters explore the use…

Exploring Children’s Literature: Teaching the Language and Reading of Fiction

This book explores some of the major genres of children’s fiction and outlines some of the characteristics of each genre. It will support teachers who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of children’s literature so that their teaching is well informed, and who would like to become more at ease with choosing books.…

The Borrowers at School

The Borrowers at School is a very welcome and timely analysis of the place of the library in the primary school in Ireland today. The report covers a broad range of topics related to the provision of libraries in primary schools and as such gives an overview of the current status of the library at…

The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films

This erudite and accessible book is of interest to those who wish to know more about the history of fairy tales themselves, filmic adaptations of these tales and the wider influence of these stories on cinema. Highlighting how, apart from the famed Disney portrayals of story plots and characters, so many other films draw heavily…

The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature

Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone have compiled an engaging, scholarly and thought-provoking collection of essays, covering a wide range of approaches to the academic study of children’s literature. Their handbook is an excellent resource for postgraduate or advanced undergraduate students, scholars who are new to the field, and anyone who wishes to keep abreast of…

Understanding Reading Comprehension: Process and Practices

We often shy away from focusing on comprehension in reading as it is a complex skill which cannot easily be quantified by box ticking. In this book, Wayne Tennent draws on a wide range of research in order to interrogate the simple, two stage model of reading, which informs most current practice. In this model,…

What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature

What Do We Tell the Children? is work of the highest level and includes contributions from leading international scholars. All of the essays are informative, scholarly and very readable for specialists, students or the general reader. The range is considerable, whilst maintaining an integrity to the intention of the collection, which is to demonstrate and interrogate…

What’s the Story?

From a multitude of perspectives – educational, literary, social and cultural change, arts services planning and others – this is a highly significant contribution to the debate about young people and reading at the beginning of the new millennium. It is the first all-Ireland research into the leisure-time reading practice of children, gathering hard evidence…

Young Irelands: Studies in Children’s Literature

This, the fourth collection in the Studies in Children’s Literature series from the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature and Four Courts Press is arguably the most important and coherent to date. It is entirely devoted to Irish children’s literature. It both builds on what has gone before and opens up new possibilities. While alert…
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