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Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Together as a Primer for Critical Literacy  

Teya Rosenberg

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the Frog and Toad books function as useful literary “primers,” not just for young children, but for college students as well. It also shows that Frog and Toad ... More

Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: and the Future of Literary Fiction  

Karin E. Westman

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series' (1997–2007) generic hybridity, focusing on elements of the school story, bildungsroman, and fantasy in the texts. It ... More

Castaways: , Child Bookmakers, and the Possibilities of Literary Flotsam  

Karen Sánchez-Eppler

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explores the work of two generations of children in a Boston family who created their own books by taking the history of Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812, ... More

The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque, and the Sixties Rebel  

Kevin Shortsleeve

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article shows that the works of Dr. Seuss, the most beloved bard of children's nonsense—and especially The Cat in the Hat (TCITH) (1957)—can be read within the context of the dramatic ... More

Comics  

Corey Creekmur

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter summarizes the history of science fiction comics from early newspaper comic strips through comic books up to recent graphic novels. Noting that science fiction comics are ... More

A Cross-Written Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes’s  

Katharine Capshaw Smith

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Mar 2011
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This article opens up the literary, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of the Harlem Renaissance by discussing how children were imagined within this movement and by examining in particular ... More

A Daughter of the House: Discourses of Adoption in L. M. Montgomery’s  

Mavis Reimer

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the documentary evidence against Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908) to argue that the figure of the adopted (white, Canadian) child—and the British ... More

Dumbo, Disney, and Difference: Walt Disney Productions and Film as Children’s Literature  

Nicholas Sammond

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the ways in which Walt Disney created a cinematic empire by selling his creations as “good for children.” It links them to classic children's literature and ... More

Environmental Writing for Children: A Selected Reconnaissance of Heritages, Emphases, Horizons  

Lawrence Buell

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article analyzes representative topoi or traditions emanating from the so-called golden age of children’s writing in the late Victorian era that feature encounters with the physical ... More

Froggy’s Little Brother: Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Writing for Children and the Politics of Poverty  

Kimberley Reynolds

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article addresses Froggy's Little Brother (1875), a British nineteenth-century “street arab” novel about destitute London children, through the lens of postcolonial theory. It ... More

The Fundamentals of Children’s Literature Criticism: and  

Peter Hunt

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article asks big questions about children's literature using Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) as case studies: how do “adult” and “child” ... More

Happily Ever After: , Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children’s Culture  

Leslie Paris

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the example of the enormously popular Free to Be . . . You and Me (1972) points to the ways in which childhood became a utopian space of liberation in large part. ... More

History in Fiction: Contextualization as Interpretation in Robert Louis Stevenson’s  

M. O. Grenby

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that attending to the various historical and geographical contexts which inform the setting of Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year ... More

Jade and the Tomboy Tradition  

Claudia Nelson

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article engages questions of canonicity, asking why Sally Watson's popular 1969 novel, Jade, never achieved critical recognition. It also suggests that Watson's tomboy characters, ... More

Let Freedom Ring: Land, Liberty, Literacy, and Lore in Mildred Taylor’s Logan Family Novels  

Michelle H. Martin

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the Logan family novels (1975–2001) present a compelling longitudinal study of African American experience in the early to mid-twentieth century. Mildred Taylor ... More

Living with the Kings: Class, Taste, and Family Formation in  

Kelly Hager

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article uses Margaret Sidney's domestic novel Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881) to reveal assumptions about social class, birth, and taste in late-nineteenth-century ... More

“My Book and Heart Shall Never Part”: Reading, Printing, and Circulation in the  

Courtney Weikle-Mills

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that despite the New England Primer's emphasis upon authority, as children were invited into unmediated communion with the text they gained a sense of themselves as ... More

Paradise Refigured: Innocence and Experience in  

Naomi Wood

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that through a radical retelling of the myth of the fall from Paradise in the His Dark Materials trilogy (1995–2000), Philip Pullman replaces an old mythology of ... More

Peter Pan as Children’s Theatre: The Issue of Audience  

Marah Gubar

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reinscribes agency both to the performers of James Matthew Barrie's play and to child audience members, whose responses are notoriously difficult to track, by closely ... More

Randall Jarrell’s The Bat-Poet: Poets, Children, and Readers in an Age of Prose  

Richard Flynn

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article addresses how The Bat-Poet (1964) may be used to explore the rich traditions of American children's poetry within a larger literary history encompassing both fiction and ... More

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