Children's literature continues to be one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting of interdisciplinary academic studies, of interest to anyone concerned with literature, education, internationalism, childhood or culture in general. The second edition of Peter Hunt's bestselling International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature offers comprehensive coverage of the subject across the world, with substantial, accessible, articles by specialists and world-ranking experts. Almost everything is here, from advanced theory to the latest practice – from bibliographical research to working with books and children with special needs.  This edition has been expanded and includes over fifty new articles. All of the other articles have been updated, substantially revised or rewritten, or have revised bibliographies. New topics include Postcolonialism, Comparative Studies, Ancient Texts, Contemporary Children's Rhymes and Folklore, Contemporary Comics, War, Horror, Series Fiction, Film, Creative Writing, and 'Crossover' literature. The international section has been expanded to reflect world events, and now includes separate articles on countries such as the Baltic states, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Iran, Korea, Mexico and Central America, Slovenia, and Taiwan.  First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

chapter 1|12 pages


Definitions, themes, changes, attitudes
ByMargaret Meek

part I|195 pages

Theory and critical approaches

chapter 4|12 pages

Criticism and the critical mainstream

ByDeborah Cogan Thacker

chapter 5|20 pages

Critical tradition and ideological positioning

ByCharles Sarland

chapter 6|23 pages

History and culture

ByTony Watkins

chapter 7|13 pages

Linguistics and stylistics

ByJohn Stephens

chapter 8|17 pages

Reader-response criticism

ByMichael Benton

chapter 9|11 pages

Psychoanalytical criticism

ByHamida Bosmajian

chapter 10|14 pages

Feminism revisited

ByLissa Paul

chapter 11|12 pages

Picture books and illustration

ByPerry Nodelman

chapter 12|13 pages

Narrative theory and children’s literature

ByMaria Nikolajeva

chapter 13|12 pages

Intertextuality and the child reader

ByChristine Wilkie-Stibbs

chapter 14|12 pages

Comparative children’s literature

ByEmer O’Sullivan

chapter 15|19 pages


ByMatthew Grenby

part II|409 pages

Forms and genres

chapter 16|14 pages

Ancient and medieval children’s texts

ByGillian Adams

chapter 17|10 pages

Texts in English used by children, 1550–1800

ByMargaret Evans

chapter 18|12 pages

Myth and legend

ByMaurice Saxby

chapter 19|14 pages

Fairy tales and folk tales

ByRuth B. Bottigheimer

chapter 20|12 pages

Playground rhymes and the oral tradition

ByIona Opie

chapter 21|12 pages

Children’s rhymes and folklore

Contemporary and comparative approaches
ByAndy Arleo

chapter 22|7 pages

Catechistical, devotional and biblical writing

ByRuth B. Bottigheimer

chapter 23|12 pages

Contemporary religious writing

ByRita Ghesquière

chapter 24|10 pages

The development of illustrated texts and picture books

ByJoyce Irene Whalley

chapter 25|12 pages

The picture book

Modern and postmodern
ByMichèle Anstey, Geoff Bull

chapter 26|12 pages

Shaping boyhood

British Empire builders and adventurers
ByDennis Butts

chapter 27|10 pages

Childhood, didacticism and the gendering of British children’s literature

ByChristine Wilkie-Stibbs

chapter 28|23 pages

Popular literature

Comics, dime novels, pulps and Penny Dreadfuls
ByDenis Gifford

chapter 29|11 pages

Contemporary comics

ByKatia Pizzi

chapter 30|22 pages


ByMorag Styles

chapter 31|18 pages

Animal stories

BySimon Flynn

chapter 32|11 pages

High fantasy

ByC. W. Sullivan

chapter 33|7 pages

Domestic fantasy

Real gardens with imaginary toads
ByLouisa Smith

chapter 34|13 pages

The family story

ByGillian Avery

chapter 35|14 pages

School stories

BySheila Ray

chapter 36|9 pages

Pony books

ByAlison Haymonds

chapter 37|9 pages

Historical fiction

ByJanet Fisher

chapter 38|7 pages


ByCarol Fox, Peter Hunt

chapter 39|13 pages


ByVictoria De Rijke

chapter 40|13 pages

Science fiction

ByJessica Yates

chapter 41|10 pages

Series fiction

ByVictor Watson

chapter 42|14 pages

Teenage fiction

Realism, romances, contemporary problem novels
ByJulia Eccleshare

chapter 43|20 pages

Crossover literature

ByRachel Falconer

chapter 44|11 pages

Writers for adults, writers for children

ByMarian Allsobrook

chapter 45|12 pages

Metafictions and experimental work

ByRobyn McCallum

chapter 46|15 pages


BySusanne Greenhalgh

chapter 47|8 pages


ByMary Medlicott

chapter 48|10 pages

Children’s information texts

ByMargaret Mallett