The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Baker & Taylor
Over thirty-two hundred entries written by an international group of contributors focus on children's literature written in English.

Book News
The over 3200 entries of this reference, together with the resources compiled in the appendices of v.4 provide an ample overview of a very rich field, written by a fully international group of contributors. Though the focus is on literature in English, many European and non-Western writers and illustrators are included as well. The entries, which are written for the undergraduate and interested general reader, contain a brief biography of the writer or illustrator, an outline of their career, and a discussion of major works and themes in an engaging style that will have the audience reading far more than the initial entry they sought. Volume 4 contains an exhaustive index, a lengthy selected bibliography, a list of award-winning titles (from the date each award was founded to 2005), a list of major research centers and libraries of children's literature, and an outline of entries by topic, including countries, special subjects and terms, genres, types, titles, characters, authors, and illustrators. A sampling of non-biographical entry topics includes censorship, children as authors, death, dragons, dwarfs, humor, literacy, racism, superheroes, cover art, magic, poetry, realism, riddles, and young adult literature. Zipes, who has translated the Brothers Grimm and published several books on fairy tales and children's literature, teaches German and comparative literature at the U. of Minnesota. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Oxford University Press
For much of its history, children's literature has been overlooked or looked down on by scholars. But in recent years children's literature has assumed greater importance, as literary critics, psychologists, anthropologists, and historians have begun to discover what children and parents have known for centuries: that this is a literature of extraordinary richness, depth, and delight.

The Encyclopedia captures and elucidates this richness in four volumes and 3,200 signed entries. It offers comprehensive coverage of children's literature, from medieval chapbooks of moral instruction for children to J. K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books. Unlike other references, the Encyclopedia not only documents but also interprets every work, major and minor, that has played a role in the history of children's literature in the world. General essays illuminate prominent trends, themes, genres, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries. In addition, the Encyclopedia provides biographies of important writers, as well as extensive coverage of illustrators with numerous examples of their work. Sociocultural developments such as the impact of toys, films, animation, the Internet, literacy, libraries and librarians, censorship, the multicultural expansion of the field, and other issues related to the appreciation and dissemination of children's literature are also addressed.

While the Encyclopedia concentrates on the tradition known best by its readership, it also covers the international development of children's literature and offers an unprecedented treatment of works from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, African countries, and other nations. Its over 800 distinguished contributors come from around the world and include such renowned scholars and writers as Gillian Avery, Peter Hunt, Klaus Doderer, Hansa Heino Ewers, Jean Perrot, Denise Escarpit, Brian Alderson, and Betsy Gould Hearne.

A-Z organization, accessible writing, plentiful illustrations, cross-references, bibliographies, a comprehensive index and a systematic outline make the Encyclopedia an invaluable and easy-to-use research reference.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780195146561
Branch Call Number: j 809.89 Ox2
Characteristics: 4 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Zipes, Jack 1937-
Alternative Title: Children's literature


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