Reviews, Criticism, and Commentary on Books for Children and Young People.
Literature for children and young adults has evolved into both a respected branch of creative writing and a successful industry. Currently, books for young readers are considered among the most popular segments of publishing. Criticism of juvenile literature is instrumental in recording the literary or artistic development of the creators of children’s books as well as the trends and controversies that result from changing values or attitudes about young people and their literature. Designed to provide a permanent, accessible record of this ongoing scholarship, Children’s Literature Review (CLR) presents parents, teachers, and librarians—those responsible for bringing children and books together—with the opportunity to make informed choices when selecting reading materials for the young. In addition, CLR provides researchers of children’s literature with easy access to a wide variety of critical information from English-language sources in the field. Users will find balanced overviews of the careers of the authors and illustrators of the books that children and young adults are reading; these entries, which reprint reviews and criticism from books and periodicals, assist users by suggesting ideas for papers and assignments as well as supplementary and classroom reading. Ann L. Kalkhoff, president and editor of Children’s Book Review Service, Inc., writes that “CLR has filled a gap in the field of children’s books, and it is one series that will never lose its validity or importance.”
Scope of the Series
Each volume of CLR profiles the careers of a selection of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults from preschool through high school. The series also features entries on notable single works by an author, as well as entries on topics of significance in children’s literature. Entry lists in each volume reflect:
- an international scope
- representation of authors of all eras
- the variety of genres covered by children’s and/or YA literature: picture books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, folklore, and drama
Authors new to CLR are an important focus of the series and entries on older authors will be updated periodically.