ENG 3116A: Classic Children's Literature

Books in the Main Stacks

Books by Subject (*Clicking on a Subject Heading in the catalog will take you to a list of more books on that topic).

Children — Books and reading

Childrens Stories American History And Criticism

Children’s stories, English — History and criticism

Fantasy and Children’s Literature

Fantasy fiction, English — History and criticism

Fantasy Fiction History And Criticism

Children’s Literature Review (* PN1009.A1 Call Number Search)


Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit : a children’s classic at 100

Boys and girls forever : children’s classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter

Breaking the angelic image : woman power in Victorian children’s fantasy

A critical handbook of children’s literature

Don’t tell the grown-ups : the subversive power of children’s literature

Down the rabbit hole; adventures & misadventures in the realm of children’s literature

Hobbits, elves, and wizards : exploring the wonders and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the rings”

Innocence & experience : essays & conversations on children’s literature

An introduction to children’s literature

Inventing wonderland : the lives and fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne

Pipers at the gates of dawn : the wisdom of children’s literature

The promise of happiness : value and meaning in children’s fiction

Readings about children’s literature

Reading Harry Potter : critical essays

Reflections on literature for children

The chronicles of Narnia : the patterning of a fantastic world

Secret gardens : a study of the golden age of children’s literature

Touch magic : fantasy, faerie & folklore in the literature of childhood

Treasure seekers and borrowers; children’s books in Britain, 1900-1960

The uses of enchantment : the meaning and importance of fairy tales

Value and Meaning in Children’s Fiction

The wind in the willows : a fragmented Arcadia

Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner

Worlds within : children’s fantasy from the Middle Ages to today

Electronic Books (E-Books)

Alternative worlds in fantasy fiction

From Alice to Harry Potter: children’s fantasy in England

Children’s literature and its effects [electronic resource] : the formative years

Children’s literature : a reader’s history, from Aesop to Harry Potter

The ivory tower and Harry Potter [electronic resource] : perspectives on a literary phenomenon

Kipling’s children’s literature [electronic resource] : language, identity, and constructions of childhood

The making of the Alice books : Lewis Carroll’s uses of earlier children’s literature

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
  • Citation Styles
    Web sites which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encylopedias on Children’s Literature

Children’s literature

Select Encyclopedias

The Continuum encyclopedia of children’s literature

Handbook of research on children’s and young adult literature

The Oxford encyclopedia of children’s literature

A reference guide to modern fantasy for children

Literature Criticism Online (Dowling Library Database)

Children’s Literature Review - Browse by Topic

Find Subject Articles

Literature Resource Center (Dowling Library Database that includes biographies, critical essays, full-text articles, etc.)

You may search by keywords such as “children’s literature” “children’s literature” search
You may search by author using Person Search, for example: Carroll, Lewis Person Search
You may also search by the title using Works Search, for example: Over Sea, Under Stone Works Search


Children’s Literature Journals

Comparative literature

Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

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