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Children’s and Young Adult Literature Studies

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Reading Like a Girl

By examining the novels of critically and commercially successful authors such as Sarah Dessen (Someone Like You), Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight series), and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), Reading Like ...

Wide Awake in Slumberland

Cartoonist Winsor McCay (1869-1934) is rightfully celebrated for the skillful draftmanship and inventive design sense he displayed in the comic strips Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dream of the Rarebit ...

Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association’s 2014 Honor Book Award

Crockett Johnson (born David Johnson Leisk, 1906–1975) and Ruth Krauss (1901–1993) were a husband-and-wife team that created ...

Recess Battles

By Anna R. Beresin
Foreword by Brian Sutton-Smith
Categories: Folklore

Winner of the Opie Prize from the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society

As children wrestle with culture through their games, recess itself has become a battleground for the control ...


By Casie E. Hermansson
Categories: Folklore

Bluebeard is the main character in one of the grisliest and most enduring fairy tales of all time. A serial wife murderer, he keeps a horror chamber in which remains of all his previous matrimonial victims ...

Seal of Approval

For the past forty years the content of comic books has been governed by an industry self-regulatory code adopted by publishers in 1954 in response to public and governmental pressure.

This book examines ...


By Walter Anderson
Categories: Literature

A magical story of a stray cat's transformation into a prodigy who performs at Carnegie Hall; includes block prints by the author

The Shoe Bird

By Eudora Welty
Illustrated by Beth Krush
Categories: Literature

When Arturo the Parrot, whose job it was to help greet people as they came into The Friendly Shoe Store, picked up and repeated a small boy's disgruntled comment, “Shoes are for the birds!,” it certainly ...

An Alphabet

When he died in 1965, Walter Anderson left a seemingly inexhaustible store of watercolors, linoleum cuts, and fanciful drawings that cry out for a place in books. Thus comes An Alphabet. It combines his ...

The Magic Carpet and Other Tales

Retold by Ellen Douglas
Illustrated by Walter Anderson
Categories: Literature

The fabulous illustrations of Walter Anderson brought forth this brilliant retelling of twenty tales from world literature, a book first published in 1987 and now back into print at the demand of appreciators ...