Focusing on significant and cutting-edge preoccupations within children’s literature scholarship, The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature and Culture presents a comprehensive overview of print, digital, and electronic texts for children aged zero to thirteen as forms of world literature participating in a panoply of identity formations.

Offering five distinct sections, this volume:

  • Familiarizes students and beginning scholars with key concepts and methodological resources guiding contemporary inquiry into children’s literature
  • Describes the major media formats and genres for texts expressly addressing children
  • Considers the production, distribution, and valuing of children’s books from an assortment of historical and contemporary perspectives, highlighting context as a driver of content
  • Maps how children’s texts have historically presumed and prescribed certain identities on the part of their readers, sometimes addressing readers who share some part of the author’s identity, sometimes seeking to educate the reader about a presumed “other,” and in recent decades increasingly foregrounding identities once lacking visibility and voice
  • Explores the historical evolutions and trans-regional contacts and (inter)connections in the long process of the formation of global children’s literature, highlighting issues such as retranslation, transnationalism, transculturality, and new digital formats for considering cultural crossings and renegotiations in the production of children’s literature

Methodically presented and contextualized, this volume is an engaging introduction to this expanding and multifaceted field.

part I|86 pages

Concepts and Tools

chapter 2|12 pages

Poetics and Pedagogy

chapter 5|11 pages

The Monster at the End of This Book

Posthumanism and New Materialism in the Scholarship of Children's Literature

chapter 7|13 pages

Research with Young Readers

Participatory Approaches in Children's Literature Studies

part II|85 pages

Media and Genres

chapter 8|11 pages


chapter 10|12 pages


chapter 12|12 pages

Children's Fiction

The Possibilities of Reality and Imagination

chapter 13|11 pages


chapter 14|14 pages

Children's Poetry

chapter 15|13 pages

Theatre and Drama

Global Perspectives

chapter 16|12 pages

Children's Film

chapter 17|11 pages


chapter 18|13 pages

Playful Possibilities

The Rights of the Reader in a Digital Age

part III|98 pages


chapter 19|12 pages


chapter 20|14 pages


chapter 21|12 pages

Nation and Citizenship

chapter 23|12 pages

Whatever Common People Do

Social Class in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Children's Fiction

part IV|101 pages

Border Crossings

part V|113 pages


chapter 38|12 pages

From Canon-Making to Participatory Prizing

Children's Book and Media Awards

chapter 40|13 pages


chapter 41|12 pages

Book Clubs