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Children’s and Young Adult Literature

A guide to locating information and research resources about literature for children and youth.

Literary Criticism Links

  • International Research Society for Children's Literature
    The IRSCL logo was designed in 2007 to replace the original logo which was used from the 1970s. Using blue, the traditional IRSCL colour, it suggests the dynamism and liveliness of IRSCL. Its sweeping and tapering lines, which are connected by intersections and parallel directions, suggest the many cultures, approaches and experiences which inform the research of IRSCL members, and its identity as an international organisation embracing difference and plurality. 
  • National Centre for Research in Children's Literature
    Centre that promotes critical debate and enquiry in the field of children’s literature through excellence in teaching and research.
  • Victorian Studies on the Web
    An indispensable source of information on every important publication from 1945 to 2011 on every field of Victorian Studies.

Children's Literature A-Z List

This is a list of many popular websites for literature for children and young adults.

African and Diaspora Children's Literature Project (ADCLP)ADCLP)
An online, collaborative resource for children, parents, caregivers, librarians and teachers to explore African and Diaspora literature.
African Storybook
Open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa.  
ALAN Review
Journal of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents from 1994.
American Library Association - The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990/1999
(as found in Education Library) See "Challenged Books" Tab Above
Ask the Author
Links from the Internet Public Library to author sites and biographical information.
Author Bank - BC BookWorld
Reference database for and about authors pertaining to British Columbia, Canada.
Award Winning Books in the Education Library
See "Award Winning Books" Tab Above
Bibliotherapy Education Project (BEP)
From the University of Nevada

Canadian Children's Book Centre
Online version of Our Choice Guides to Canada's Best Children's Books and Videos. Selections by picture books, fiction and nonfiction.

Censorship links, See the "Censorship / Freedom to Read" Tab Above.

Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia.

Danish Children's Books
A website introducing the magical world of Danish children's books in English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Danish.

How Novel! Canadian Young Adult Literature | Saskatoon Public Library
A source for information on books by Canadian writers for young adults and on the writers themselves. Search by author and title, genre, subject heading, and/or series. This site includes cover art, annotations, reviews and publisher information for about 500 young adult novels as well as some author photographs and biographies.

Audiobooks for young adult readers.

Just One More Book Podcast
A podcast about the children's books we love and why we love them. Includes interviews with authors such as Barbara Reid, Dan Bar-El and Giles Tibo.

SlimeKids is a website built for students that provides easy access to excellent literacy-related resources, contains a large collection of book trailers and has reading-based games with bona fide educational value.

Story Books Canada
Designed specifically for educators and makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in English and French, as well as the major immigrant and refugee languages of Canada (with text and audio in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog).

The aim of this project is to produce age-appropriate non-fiction books for children from birth to age 12.