Tag Archives: children’s books

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 »

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 »

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 »