Kay Vandergrift's Readings in Children's Literature

Children's literature page

Illustration and picture books

Gender and culture readings

The books included here are basic readings in the graduate course I teach in children's literature. They do include some feminist texts as well as a few basic reference tools. It is my hope that students will continue to use this list in the future and to add new titles to it. You may also find selected readings on illustration that will be helpful. You may also wish to select books from the Gender and Culture Reading list.

Adams, Jeff. (1986). The Conspiracy of the Text: The Place of Narrative in the Development of Thought. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Anderson, Nancy A. (2002). Elementary Children’s Literature: The Basics for Teachers and Parents. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Andrasick, Kathleen Dudden. (1990).Opening Texts: Using Writing toTeach Literature.  Portsmith, NH: Heinemann.

Ang, Susan. (2000). The Widening World of Children’s Literature. New York: MacMillan.

Applebee, Arthur. (1978). The Child's Concept of Story. Chicago, IL.:University of Chicago Press.

Association for Library Service to Children. (1990). The Arbuthnot Lectures, 1980-1989. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Avery, Gillian. (1995). Behold the Child : American Children and Their Books 1621-1922.

Baltimore. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Axel-Lute, Melanie, comp. (2001). Quotation Index to Children’s Literature. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Bader. Barbara. (1976). American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within. New York: Macmillan.

Bang, Molly. (1992). Picture This: Perception & Composition. Boston, MA: Little Brown.

Bang, Molly. (2000). Picture This: How Pictures Work. New York: SeaStar.

Barron, Neil. (1987). Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. 3rd ed. New York: Bowker.

Bauermeister, Erica and Holly Smith. (1997). Let's Hear It for the Girls:375 Books for Readers 2-14. New York: Penguin.

Bearne, Eve and Victor Watson. (2000). Where Texts and Children Meet. New York: Routledge.

Belenky, Mary Field and Others. (1986). Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind. New York: Basic Books.

Bettelheim, Bruno. (1975). The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Alfred Knopf.

Bishop, Rudine Sims, ed. (1994). Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Bosmajian, Hamida. (2002). Sparing the Child: Grief and the Unspeakable in Youth Literature about Nazism and the Holocaust. New York: Routledge.

Brown, Jean E., ed. (1994). Preserving Intellectual Freedom: Fighting Censorship in Our Schools. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Brown, Marcia. (1986). Lotus Seeds: Children, Pictures and Books. New York: Scribner's.

Burress, Lee. (1989). The Battle of the Books: Literary Censorship in Public Schools, 1950-1985. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.

Buss, Kathleen. (2000). Reading and Writing Literary Genres. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Cameron, Eleanor. (1993). The Seed and the Vision: On the Writing and Appreciation of Children's Books. New York: Dutton.

Carlson, Ann D. (1991). The Preschooler and the Library. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.

Carr, Jo. (1982). Beyond Fact: Nonfiction for Children and Young People. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Cart, Michael. (1995). What's So Funny? Wit and Humor in American Children's Literature. New York: HarperCollins.

Children's Literature: Stories of Indigenous People. UNICEF/Canada. Grades K-8.

Children's Literature: Springboard to Understanding the Developing World. UNICEF/Canada. Grades 3-8.

Children's Literature: Toward Understanding the Caribbean. UNICEF. Grades K-8.

Christian, Barbara. (1985). Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. New York: Pergamon Press.

Clark, Beverly Lyon Clark and Margaret R. Higonne, edt. (1999). Girls, Boys, Books, Toys: Gender in Children’s Literature and Culture.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cummings, Pat, comp. and ed. (1992). Talking With Artists. New York: Bradbury Press.

Daley, Maureen and Others. (1994). The Girl Child: An Investment in the Future. ( A project of the UNICEF Ontario Education for Development Committee, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.) Ontario, Canada: UNICEF.

Darling, Harold and Peter Neumeyer, eds.(1984). Image and Maker: An Annual Dedicated to the Consideration of Book Illustration. LaJolla, CA: Green Tiger Press/Star & Elephant.

Davis, Robin Works. (1999). Big Books for Little Readers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Day, Frances Ann. Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Deane, Paul. (1991). Mirrors of American Culture: Children's Fiction Series in the Twentieth Century. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.

Delpit, Lisa. (1995). Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New York: New Press.

Dresang, Eliza T. (1999). Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age. New York: H.W. Wilson Co..

Dyson, Anne Haas and Celia Genishi, eds. (1994). The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Egoff, Sheila. (1981). Thursday's Child. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Egoff, Sheila. (1988). Worlds Within: Children's Fantasy from the Middle Ages to Today. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

England, Claire and Adele M. Fasick. (1987). Child View: Evaluating and Reviewing Materials for Children. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Fisher, Margery. (1972). Matters of Fact. New York: Crowell.

Forseth, Carol Avery. (2002). --And with a Light Touch: Learning about Reading, Writing, and Teaching with First Graders. Portsmouth, NH; Heineman.

Freeman, Evelyn B. (2001). Global Perspectives in Children’s Literature. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Frye, Northrop. (1964). The Educated Imagination. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Gavin, Adrienne E. & Christopher Routledge. (2001). Mystery in Children’s Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural. New York: Palgrave/St. Martins Press.

Gilligan, Carol. (1982). In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Giroux, Henry a. (1996). Fugitive Cultures: Race, Violence, and Youth. New York: Routledge.

Goforth, Frances S. and Carolyn V. Spillman. (1994). Using Folk Literature in the Classroom. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx.

Hall. Susan. (1990). Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Literary Devices. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Hancock, Emily. (1989). The Girl Within: A Ground Breaking New Approach to Female Identity. New York: Fawcett/Columbine.

Harris, Violet J., ed. (1992). Teaching Multicultural Literature in Grades K-8. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

Harrison, Barbara and Gregory Maguire, eds.(1987). Innocence & Experience: Essays & Conversations on Children's Literature. New York: Lothrop.

Harrison, Barbara and Gregory Maguire, eds. (1999). Origins of Story: On Writing for Children. New York: M.K. McElderry.

Hayden, Carla D., ed. (1992). Venture Into Cultures: A Resource Book of Multicultural Materials and Programs. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Heilbrun, Carolyn. (1988). Writing a Woman's Life. New York: Random House.

Hearne, Betsy. (1989). Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Hearne, Betsy. (1993). Beauties and Beasts. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Hearne, Betsy, ed. (1993). The Zena Sutherland Lectures, 1983-1992. New York: Clarion.

Hearne, Betsy and Roger Sutton, eds. (1993). Evaluating Children's Books: A Critical Look. (Allerton Park Institute # 34) Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Helbig, Alethea K. and Agness Regan Perkins. (1994). This Land Is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Hendrickson, Linnea. (1987). Children's Literature: A Guide to Criticism. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall.

Hickman, Janet and Bernice Cullinam, eds. (1989). Children's Literature in the Classroom: Weaving Charlotte's Web. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

Hickman, Janet and Others, eds. (1994). Children's Literature in the Classroom: Extending Charlotte's Web. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

Higgins, James. (1970). Beyond Words: Mystical Fancy in Children's Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. (1987). Pass the Poetry, Please! Revised ed. New York: Harper & Row.

Horning, Kathleen T. (1997). From Cover to Cover : Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. New York: HarperCollins.

Huck, Charlotte and Others. (1993). Children's Literature in the Elementary School. 5th ed. Ft. Worth, TX: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich.

Hunt, Peter. (1991). Criticism, Theory, and Children's Literature. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell.

Hunt, Peter. (2001). Children’s Literature.  Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Hunt, Peter and Sheila G. Bannister Ray, Eds. (1996).International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. London: Routledge.

Inglis, Fred. (1981). The Promise of Happiness: Values and Meaning in Children's Fiction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Intner, Sheila and Kay E. Vandergrift, eds. (1990). Library Education and Leadership: Essays in Honor of Jane Anne Hannigan. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.

Karolides, Nicholas J. (2002). Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1986-2000. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.

Kiefer, Barbara Z., (1995).The Potential of Picturebooks: From Visual Literacy to Aesthetic Understanding. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1995.

Knoepflmacher, U.C. (1998). Ventures into Childhood: Victorians, Fairy Tales, and Femininity. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Konigsburg, E.L. (1995). Talk Talk: A Children's Book Author Speaks to Grown-Ups. New York: Atheneum.

Lacy, Lyn.E. (1986). Art and Design in Children's Picture Books: An Analysis of Caldecott Award-Winning Illustrations. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Latrobe, Kathy Howard. (2002). The Children’s Literature Dictionary: Definitions, Resources, and Teaching. New York: Neal-Schuman.

Lehr, Susan. (1991). The Child's Developing Sense of Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.

Lehr, Susan. (2001). Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children’s Literature. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Lerner, Gerda, ed. (1977). The Female Experience: An American Documentary. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lerner, Gerda. (1986). The Creation of Patriarchy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lewis, David. (2001). Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text. New York: Routledge.

Lukens, Rebecca. (1999). A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature. 5th Edition. Chicago, IL: Scott, Foresman & Co..

Lundin, Anne H. and Carol W. Cubberley. (1995). Teaching Children's Literature: A Resource Guide, with a Directory of Courses. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Manna, Anthony L. and Carolyn S. Brodie, eds. (1992). Many Faces, Many Voices: Multicultural Literary Experiences for Youth. Ft. Atkinson, WI: Highsmith.

Marantz, Sylvia S. (1992). Picture Books for Looking and Learning: Awakening Visual Perceptions Through the Art of Children's Books. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Martin, Douglas. (1989). The Telling Line: Essays on Fifteen Contemporary Book Illustrators. New York: Delacorte.

May, Jill P. (1995). Children's Literature and Critical Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.

McClure, Amy A. and Janice V. Kristo, eds. (1994). Inviting Children's Responses to Literature. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

MacDonald, Eleanor Kay. (1996). A Window into History : Family Memory in Children's Literature. Phoenix. AZ: Oryx Press.

McGillis, Roderick. (1996). The Nimble Reader : Literary Theory and Children's Literature. New York; Twayne.

Mikkelsen, Nina. (2000). Words and Pictures: Lessons in Children’s Literature and Literacies. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. (1992). Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers. New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker.

Nikolajeva, Maria. (1996). Children's Literature Comes of Age: Toward a New Aesthetic. New York: Garland.

Nikolajeva, Maria. (2000). From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children’s Literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Nodelman, Perry. (1988). Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children's Picture Books. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Nodelman, Perry. (1995). The Pleasures of Children's Literature. 2nd Edition. New York: Longman.

Odean, Kathleen. (1997). Great Books for Girls : More Than 600 Books to Inspire Today's Girls and Tomorrow's Women, New York: Ballantine.

Office for Intellectual Freedom and the American Library Association, comps. (1992). Intellectual Freedom Manual. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Orenstein, Peggy. (1994). School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. New York: Doubleday/American Association of University Women.

Paley, Vivian Gussin. (1997). The Girl with the Brown Crayon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Paterson, Katherine. (2001). The Invisible Child: On Reading and Writing Books for Children. New York: Dutton.

Perrin, Noel. (1997). A Child’s Delight. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

Peterson, Ralph and Maryann Eds. (1990). Grand Conversations: Literature Groups in Action. Ontario, Canada: Scholastic.

Pistolis, Donna Reidy, Ed. (1996). Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Children. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Post, Arden Ruth. (2000). Celebrating Children’s Choices: 25 Years of Children’s Favorite Books. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Preiss, Bryon. (1996). The Best Children's Books in the World: A Treasury of Illustrated Stories. New York: Harry N. Abrams.

Protherough, Robert. (1983). Developing Response to Fiction. Milton Keynes, England: Open University Press.

Purves, Alan C. and Dianna L. Monson. (1984). Experiencing Children's Literature. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman & Co..

Reichman, Henry F. (2001). Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Reid, Suzanne. (2002). Book Bridges for ESL Students: Using Young Adult and Children’s Literature to Teach ESL. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Richardson, Selma K. (1991). Magazines for Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Librarians. 2nd ed.Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Roberts, Patricia L. and Nancy Lee Cecil. (1993). Developing Multicultural Awareness Through Children's Literature: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians, Grades K-8. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Rochman, Hazel. (1993). Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Rollin, Lucy and Mark I. West. (1999). Psychoanalytic Responses to Children’s Literature.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Rosenblatt, Louise. (1976). Literature As Exploration. 3rd Edition. New York: Noble & Noble Publishers. (First published in 1938.)

Rudman, Masha Kabakow, ed. (1993). Children's Literature: Resource for the Classroom. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon.

Schiro, Michael. (1996). Integrating Children's Literature and Mathematics in the Classroom : Children As Meaning Makers,Problem Solvers, and Literary Critics, New York: Teachers College Press.

Schwarcz, Joseph H. and Chava Schwarcz. (1991). The Picture Book Comes of Age: Looking At Childhood Through the Art of Illustration. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Shulevitz, Uri. (1985). Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books. New York: Watson-Guptill.

Silvey, Anita, Ed. (1995). Children's Books and Their Creators. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Sloan, Glenna Davis. (1991). The Child As Critic: Teaching Literature in the Elementary and Middle Schools. 3rd ed. New York: Teachers College Press.

Smith, Lillian. (1991). The Unreluctant Years. 2nd ed. Introduction by Kay E. Vandergrift. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Society of Illustrators.comp. (1993). The Very Best of Children's Book Illustration. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books.

Sorensen, Marilou R. and Barbara A. Lehman, eds. (1995). Teaching with Children's Books: Paths to Literature-Based Instruction Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Steig, Michael. (1989). Stories of Reading: Subjectivity and Literary Understanding. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Steiner, Stanley F. Promoting Global Community through Multicultural Children’s Literature. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Stephens, Claire Gatrell. (2000). Coretta Scott King Award Books: Using Great Literature with Children and Young Adults. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Stott, Jon C. (1995). Native Americans in Children's Literature. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Sutherland, Zena, ed. (1996). Children and Books. 9th ed. New York: Addison-Wesley Pub Co.

Tatar, Maria. (1987). The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Temple, Charles and Patrick Collins, eds. (1992). Stories and Readers: New Perspectives on Literature in the Elementary Classroom. Norwood, MA: Christoper-Gordon.

Thomas, Rebecca. (1996). Connecting Cultures: A guide to Multicultural Literature for Children. New Providence, NJ: Bowker.

Trites, Roberta Seelinger. (1997).Waking Sleeping Beauty : Feminist Voices in Children's Novels. Iowa: University of Iowa Press.

Vandergrift, Kay E. (1980). Child and Story: The Literary Connection. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.(reprinted in paperback in 1986)

Vandergrift, Kay E. (1990). Children's Literature: Theory, Research, and Teaching. Englewood, NJ: Libraries Unlimited.

Vandergrift, Kay E. (1994). Power Teaching: A Primary Role of the School Library Media Specialist. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Vandergrift, Kay E., ed. (1996). Ways of Knowing: Literature and the Intellectual Life of Children. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Vandergrift, Kay E., ed. (1996).Mosaics of Meaning: Enhancing the Intellectual Life of Young Adults Through Story. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Wadham, Tim. (1999). Bringing Fantasy Alive for Children and Young Adults: A How To Do It Manual. Worthington, OH: Linworth.

West, Mark I. (1988). Trust Your Children: Voices Against Censorship in Children's Literature. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Weiss, Jaqueline Shachter. (2001). Profiles in Children’s Literature: Discussions with Authors, Artists, and Editors. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.

West, Mark I. (1997). Everyone's Guide to Children's Literature. Highsmith Co.

West, Mark I., Ed. (1997). A Wondrous Menagerie : Animal Fantasy Stories from American Children's Literature. Hamden, CT: Archon.

Yolen, Jane. (1981). Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood. New York: Philomel.

Zarnoski, Myra; Richard M. Kerper, & Julie M. Jensen, eds. (2001). The Best in Children’s Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, and Teaching Orbis Pictus Award Books. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Zinsser, William, ed. (1990). The Art and Craft of Writing for Children. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Zipes, Jack David. (2001). Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge.


Created September 21, 1995 and is continuously revised
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