ENGL 305: Literature for Children (Rev. C4/C5/C6) Report a Broken Link

This course introduces the student to children's literature, its history and development, and its rich variety of forms and techniques. The required reading acquaints the student with some of the more important and representative forms, authors, and works of children’s literature.


Opie, Iona, and Peter Opie, editors. Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes. Penguin-Random House, 1963.

SML 1 Supplementary Readings

General Resources for Children’s Literature
The Children’s Literature Web Guide by David K. Brown.
The National Library of Canada’s Read Up On It program to promote Canadian children's literature and reading highlights books on a variety of themes and features award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories.
“Children’s Literature: A Guide to the Criticism” by Linnea Hendricksen, published 1987.
The Art of Illustration: A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Children’s Book Illustrators from the National Library of Canada.
Fairy Tales
“Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By” contains tales, a parent’s guide to storytelling, a theme song, free teacher’s resources.
Contains links to many popular fairy tales.
Aesop’s Fables – Online Collection includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed.
Fables, fairy tales, stories and nursery rhymes.
Black Gate – Adventures in Fantasy Literature: a magazine focused on fantasy stories, new works, and authors.

SML 2 Supplementary Readings

Information on Children’s Literature Authors and Illustrators
Babbitt, Natalie
Contains a brief synopsis of Tuck Everlasting, along with a list of related readings and study guide.
George, Jean Craighead
Jean Craighead George's Official Website
Lee, Dennis
This site includes a photo of Lee, a biography, and links to several poems.
Lewis, C.S.
Matt Brennan discusses The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in “The Lion, the Witch and the Allegory: An Analysis of Selected Narnia Chronicles.”
Into the Wardrobe, a web site devoted to C.S. Lewis, includes an introduction by Douglas Gresham, Lewis’ step-son.
MacDonald, George
“The Childlike in George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis” by Don W. King compares the writing styles of the two men.
Montgomery, L.M.
Anne of Green Gables site with a wealth of information.
The government of Prince Edward Island site on Montgomery and Anne includes pictures, links, and interpretations.
“Mary Pickford, Glenn Gould, Anne of Green Gables, and Captain Kirk: Canadians in the world's imagination”--a lecture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem by Robert Fulford.
Munsch, Robert
The official website of Robert Munsch includes unpublished stories, biography, bibliography, poems, etc.
Paterson, Katherine
Paterson’s Official Website includes an autobiography, answers to frequently asked questions about her works, an events listing, and information on awards she has received.
Paterson’s Scott O'Dell Award Acceptance Speech.
Paulsen, Gary
Biographical information, interviews, list of current titles, and special information for teachers.
Scholarly review of Paulsen's work.
Potter, Beatrix
The official Peter Rabbit Website by the publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Limited. The authorized and definitive site about the world of Beatrix Potter.
Rowling, J.K.
A review of Rowling’s book discussing it key points and downfalls from a reader’s perspective.
An excellent Potter site with information on, for example, Quidditch, wizard challenges, Rowling.
Interview with Rowling featured in January Magazine provides Rowling’s view of her book and thoughts about producing it in film.
Sendak, Maurice
An introduction with critiques and methods to Sendak’s art and works.
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Contains plot and chapter summaries of The Hobbit, topic tracking, character sketches, quotes, object information, and a message board for users. Excellent starting guide for the inexperienced Tolkien reader.
White, E.B.
An overview of Charlotte’s Web with links and thematic outlines.