Most popular Children’s & teenage literature studies books
The most popular Children’s & teenage literature studies books currently available. Updated weekly.
This beautiful love-letter to children's books makes the perfect Christmas gift 'Beautiful and moving...
A new collection of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories-from his first appearance in The Little White Bird to the final version of the Peter Pan play we know today.
Fitzsimons's eye-opening biography brings new light to the life and works of famed literary icon E. Nesbit, in whom pragmatism and idealism, tradition and modernity worked side-by-side to create a remarkable writer and woman.
For over half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C. S. Lewis's famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and the seven books of Spenser's Faerie Queene., None of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia's symbolism has remained a mystery. Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. In Planet Narnia he demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels., Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - - Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn - - planets which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value" and "especially worthwhile in our own generation". Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality. The cosmological theme of each Chronicle is what Lewis called 'the kappa element in romance', the atmospheric essence of a story, everywhere present but nowhere explicit., The reader inhabits this atmosphere and thus imaginatively gains connaitre knowledge of the spiritual character which the tale was created to embody. Planet Narnia is a ground-breaking study that will provoke a major revaluation not only of the Chronicles, but of Lewis's whole literary and theological outlook. Ward uncovers a much subtler writer and thinker than has previously been recognized, whose central interests were hiddenness, immanence, and knowledge by acquaintance.
A handbook with 600 current and diverse fiction recommendations for preteens and teens with the goal of inspiring greater empathy for themselves and the world around them.
Bringing together a lifetime's work on Lewis Carroll, this work looks at Carroll's puzzles and games of logic and focuses on topics ranging from Alice's influence on the Beat poet, Jack Kerouac to how mercury in hat linings turned hatters mad.
A title that takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Canterbury Tales to Harry Potter. With masterful digressions into various themes - censorship, narrative tricks, self-publishing, taste, creativity and madness - it demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading.
A parent's guide to raising a lifelong reader, packed with practical ideas for engaging children of all ages in books, plus wonderful lists of books, arranged by age and subject matter, will keep the shelves stocked and young readers' interests high from birth through teens.
This book explores the rich and varied world of children's literature and how it can be used in teaching to promote reading for pleasure and create lifelong readers.
A memoir about how, what and why we read as children.' Nick Hornby, Guardian Books of the Year'Parents, non-parents, ex-children, anyone who reads or ever read children's books - read this.
In this lively discussion Kim Reynolds looks at what children's literature is, why it is interesting, how it contributes to culture, and how it is studied as literature. Providing examples from across history and various types of children's literature, she introduces the key debates, developments, and people involved.
The Water-Babies is an extraordinary children's book that combines fantasy, satire, social comment, and evolutionary theory to create a fairy tale like no other. This attractive new edition reprints the original complete text and illustrations with a lively introduction and notes that reveal the full richness of Kingsley's exuberant story.
Using step-by-step sketches and instructions, this book guides the reader through the techniques used to produce illustrations for children's books. Tackling various styles, such as fantasy, fairy tales, realism and nature, the author explains how to create effective illustrations to match any children's story.
This new anthology of radical writings for children from the first half of the twentieth century contains a wide selection of the kinds of materials that left-wing and progressive parents would have wanted their children to read, and which children understood as part of their initiation into a politically radical class.
This Companion is the first place to look for information on authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and others involved in children's literature, and on the stories and characters at their centre. Written both to entertain and to instruct, it is a reference work that no-one interested in the world of children's books should be without
An exploration of the life and work of Walter Crane, the pioneering British socialist artist who transformed the illustration of children's books.
The Harry Potter novels played a significant role in the childhoods of millions of adults. This collection of literary criticism revisits the bestselling YA novels through the perspective of a grown up, examining the impact of, and lessons that can be learned from, Harry and his fellow wizards.
In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children's stories.
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Featuring close readings of commonly studied texts, this book takes students of Children's Literature through the key works, their contexts and critical and popular afterlives. It begins by introducing key issues involved in the study of children's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts.
A love letter to the joys of childhood reading from Wonderland to Narnia.Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life - prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate - and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.
These interviews span from 1966 to 2011. They show not only Maurice Sendak's shifting artistic interests, but also changes in how he understood himself and his craft. What emerges is a portrait of an author and an artist who was alternately solemn and playful, congenial and irascible, sophisticated and populist.
Offers insights into the major discussions and debates currently animating the field of children's literature. Informed by recent scholarship and interest in cultural studies and critical theory, this is a compact core text that introduces students to the historical contexts, genres, and issues of children's literature.
A unique guide with child-friendly maps to help children and adults discover Edinburgh and its children's books.
In this new edition the writings of the young Brontes - Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell - are presented together for the first time in a single volume. The fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, experiments in romance and realism, provided a rich source for their later work and offer an insight into their developing creativity.
This delightful book takes the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of nursery rhymes. With more than 100 of our best-loved rhymes, it delves beneath the surface of the verses to interpret their meaning and reveal their historical origins.
An esoteric study of the archetypes and characters behind the Harry Potter stories.
Neil Gaiman is one of the most critically decorated and popular authors of the last fifty years, but his work is under represented in sustained fashion in comics studies. The thirteen essays and two interviews with Gaiman and his frequent collaborator, artist P. Craig Russell, in this volume examine the work of Gaiman and his many illustrators.