Research Papers on Children's Literature

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  • Poems for Children by Shel Silverstein and Robert Louis Stevenson

    A 3 page essay that contrasts and compares children's poems by these two poets. Being able to recreate the magic and joy of childhood and to do it from the child's perspective is a rare gift that few poets have exhibited. Two poets who manage to accomplish this feat are Shel Silverstein and nineteenth century author Robert Louis Stevenson. Examination of a representative poem demonstrates not only the technical virtuosity of each poet, but also the fact that each man managed to capture a child's narrative voice without talking down to their young readers, but rather showing empathy and understanding of a child's world. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Children's Literary Classic The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

    A 3 page paper which examines if this classic literary work, first published in 1922, still appeals to contemporary children. No additional sources are used.

  • Children's Literature and Authentic Voices

    This 3 page paper discusses whether or not authors who write about their own culture do so with more authenticity than someone who does not share their ethnic background. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Little Girls and the Effects of Children's Literature

    A 5 page paper which examines the significance of children’s literature on young girls, considers whether or not it matters if the work is written by a male or female author, and specifically considers examples from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Optimism in Literature for Children During the Second World War

    7 pages in length. The sole objective of children's literature during World War II was to put forth a sense of strength, hope and reassurance; despite the horrors of the Depression and World War II, children's literature written between the 1930s and 1950s witnessed an unfailing optimism. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Child and Adult Voices in Literature for Children

    A nine page paper which looks at the significance of the adult and child voice in three works of children's literature: Alice in Wonderland, Little Women and The Secret Garden. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Children and Young Adult Literature with an Annotated Bibliography

    This 11 page paper provides an annotated bibliography on a variety of books in many genres. Classic works are discussed as well as contemporary realistic literature, poetry and fantasy. Annotated bibliography lists 30 sources.

  • ECE and Children's Literature

    This 5 page report discusses the title topic and briefly addresses the many areas in which a teacher’s use of children’s literature can make a significant impact in a young student’s learning processes. Aside from issues related to language acquisition and development, expansion of critical thinking skills, proficiency in reading and writing, there is one very simple and very fundamental reason for using children’s literature in early childhood education. Children love stories! Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Impact of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Writings on Children

    5 pages in length. Nathaniel Hawthorne understood the inner workings of his fellow man, rising to the challenge on many occasions to point out flaws, vulnerabilities and shortcomings inherent to being human. While this approach comprised a significant portion of his writings, there was still enough room for the celebrated author to infuse a bit of literary cheer into the hearts of children through two publications: Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys and Tanglewood Tales. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children's Literature: Borders between Worlds

    This 6 page paper discusses the way the characters in "Wind in the Willows" and "Peter Pan" move between the real world and the fantasy world of their stories. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Native Experience: Literature and Film

    A 4 page paper which examines, comparing and contrasting, native experiences as seen through fiction and film. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Submissive Characters In Children's Literature: Influence Upon Self-Perception In Female Children

    6 pages in length. Children's literature is replete with visual imagery of worlds that exist beyond reality's realm; to equip a child with a story that takes her outside her established precepts is to fortify that young mind with additional learning tools for life. However, not every lesson learned within the pages of children's literature is of a positive nature, inasmuch as some messages drive home antiquated gender identity roles that impose significantly distorted perceptions upon naïve and vulnerable readers. When cast as submissive characters by virtue of their gender, children are taught that such famous "people" as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty represent how women are expected to be in the real world; without benefit of truly understanding the fantasy component of children's literature, they take with them these skewed perceptions and unknowingly incorporate them into their own psychological development. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Imaginative Style Developed by J.R.R. Tolkien

    6 pages in length. Ever since man began telling tales, incredible accounts of freakish, monster-like animals have captivated and horrified entire communities. The basis for these extraordinary fabrications was the inability of early writers to distinguish between truth and fantasy. As the stories were passed down through generations, they eventually became accepted as the legends we know today. The younger years of one of mythological literature's most beloved writers – J.R.R. Tolkien – served to greatly impact this imaginative style; however, the author did not fully grasp his unique talent until the 1930s when he worked and reworked The Hobbit and ultimately came up with new ideas of mythological literature in the essay "On Fairy Stories." By this time Tolkien had come to realize that fantasy stories were plainly not primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Avi's Don't You Know There is a War On?

    A 3 page review of the book by Avi recounting the experiences and impressions of a fifth grade protagonist (Howie Crispers) during a critical week in March 1943. World War II is raging in Europe and America has pitched herself full fervor into the war effort. From a fifth Grader’s perspective, however, the war has many personal implications as well. Not only must he juggle his failing math grades, a principal whom he believes to be a Nazi spy, and the emotional turmoil surrounding the death of his best friend’s father and the eventual loss of that friend when he moves away, Howie Crispers must learn to deal with his obsession with one of his teachers. The author of this paper unveils this fictional story upon the historical basis of how World War II affected our country on the home front. No additional sources are listed.


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