“What child unable to sleep on a warm summer night hasn’t thought he saw Peter Pan’s sailing ship in the sky? I will teach you to see that ship.” -Roberto Cotroneo, When a Child on a Summer Morning
Welcome! I’m Katie, your guide on a journey behind the books of children’s literature…
The world of children’s literature is a rich and diverse one, and for this blog, the term “children’s literature” encompasses literature intended for ages 0 all the way up to 18. Though we often use the term “young adult literature” to discuss fiction for teens, I recognize that children’s literature broadly can include both picturebooks and novels for young adults.
I know that the group of texts that make up children’s literature is huge. I know there are hundreds of thousands of titles we might explore. To make it even more mind-boggling, there are thousands of new titles published in the English language for children and young adults every year. That’s not counting titles published in other languages or even self-published e-books. I might not be able to review every single one. But I do plan to read and talk about quite a few.
I’m certain the journey will not be dull. And I’m looking forward to hearing from you via your comments and questions and suggestions. Join me as I explore the Spirit of Children’s Literature!