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Children's Literature & Literacy

Reviews and Author Biographies

Book Reviews or author biographies may be discouraged by your instructor as a research source because the articles will provide only brief summaries of a work by an author, perhaps discussing the public's reaction to a book.  But, there may also be information about how a children's book might be utilized in education, childcare, at home to educate and impact a reader.  Author biographies or personal interviews might be useful if indepth enough to discuss their work, impact, influences, and purpose.  Most importantly, adhere to the requirements laid out by your instructor and do not use book reviews or biographies if expressly prohibited.  To find books or articles, click on the provided tabs under Children's Literature Reviews and Criticism. 


Conventional literary criticism will be published only in literary journals or books, and will provide an indepth discussion of a literary work by an author.  Sometimes, you might find research that discusses more than one work of fiction by the same author or compare titles by different authors.  In the case of children's literature, especially shorter works of fiction and contemporary, finding indepth literary analysis may be difficult.  For older children's literature and longer works of fiction, literary criticism may be more plentiful.  To search for books or articles, use the provided tabs located underneath Children's Literature Reviews and Criticism.