Category Archives: Children’s Literature

Japan as Wonderland: From British Children’s Literature in Japanese Culture

By | October 18, 2023

The radical politician, Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, who had visited Japan in 1875, was perhaps the first person to draw a comparison between that country and Carroll’s fantasies. Concluding an article in The Fortnightly Review the following year, he declared that Japan’s ‘rural districts form, with Through-the- Looking-Glass-Country and Wonderland, the three kingdoms of merry… Read More »

The Dark Matter of Children’s Fantastika Literature: Speculative Entanglements

By | October 13, 2023

What is Fantastika? Fantastika is a word to describe fiction that deals in fantastical and speculative imaginings of all kinds. As an umbrella term used by critics and writers, Fantastika incorporates children’s and young adult literatures, as well as a range of genres and subgenres that cluster, like interconnected constellations, around the triple suns of… Read More »

Happy birthday, Philip Pullman!

By | October 19, 2020

Guest post by Vanessa Joosen Today is Philip Pullman’s 74th birthday and that seems like a good moment to reflect on the role that age has so far played in his career. Pullman made his debut in the early 1970s and has been a prolific and outspoken writer ever since. He is best known for his trilogy His Dark… Read More »

Rereading Childhood Books

By | September 6, 2019

Guest post by Alison Waller The recent death of Judith Kerr, creator of the Mog books and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, generated an outpouring of love and nostalgia from adults, many of whom recalled encountering her picturebooks as adults and subsequently passed them on to children and grandchildren. Revisiting my own battered copy… Read More »

From problem child to perfection: Alice in Wonderland as Fancy Dress Option

By | March 7, 2019

Guest post by Kiera Vaclavik In the final anguished hours before this year’s World Book Day, wild-eyed parents across the land will be casting around for viable costumes. A firm favourite year in year out, and adopted by my friend’s daughter Liberty pictured to the left here, is of course Alice in Wonderland. Alice ticks… Read More »

Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children’s Literature

By | March 8, 2018

Bloomsbury has been a committed publisher of literature for Children and Young Adults across its 30 year existence. Here at Bloomsbury Academic we are also dedicated to publishing the very best scholarship on writing for young people. In 2017 we’re delighted to be re-launching our flagship series Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children’s Literature. Edited by Lisa… Read More »

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature

By | March 7, 2018

This week we’re celebrating the wonders of children’s literature with guest posts from authors making new contributions to the field. Below, Karen Coats explains her approach to the field in The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature. In my early days as a graduate student, I asked my composition students to contact a caregiver… Read More »

The Courage to Imagine

By | March 6, 2018

This week we’re celebrating the wonders of children’s literature with guest posts from authors making new contributions to the field. Below, Roni Natov reflects on her new book The Courage to Imagine: The Child Hero in Children’s Literature. For me, childhood has always been a state of mind, a landscape, the bedrock of my adult consciousness. … Read More »

From Tongue to Text

By | March 5, 2018

This week we’re celebrating the wonders of children’s literature with guest posts from authors making new contributions to the field. Below, Debbie Pullinger discusses children’s poetry and the inspiration for her new book From Tongue to Text: A New Reading of Children’s Poetry. Poetry is our first language. True, it’s sometimes regarded as a rather… Read More »

Happy Birthday C. S. Lewis

By | November 29, 2012

The literary themes featured in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe