The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature

The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Books is an electronic journal about children's literature. The site was launched April 2, 1997 -- International Children's Book Day. As our name suggests, we combine an interest in the traditional with an eye to the modern. Our readers and contributors are academics, librarians, teachers, parents and anyone else fascinated by the world of children's literature. This journal is published by a small group of volunteers. Our expertise includes writing, editing, teaching, publishing, librarianship -- all the various aspects of children's books and literature. In the beginning, our parent organization was the Toronto Centre for the Study of Children's Literature (TCSCL), then housed at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, now at York University. From 1 July 1998, however, The Looking Glass was independent of any institutional support. In July 2007 La Trobe University in Australia began providing hosting and technical support, utilising the OJS open access journal system.



Where is the old Looking Glass?

We are gradually converting the back issues of The Looking Glass to the online journal format - we are now back to 1999. If you would like access to particular articles published from 1997 to 1998, please contact us.  
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Submissions to The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass welcomes submissions from authors, academics, librarians, parents, indeed anyone interested in the critical analysis of children's and young adult literature.

Several options are in place: you can submit your article online through the Submissions section under the "About" link in the top menu, or you can simply send them by email to
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Vol 17, No 3 (2014)

Table of Contents

Frame of Reference

Introduction - Farewell to a friend HTML
David Beagley

Alice's Academy

Editor's Introduction Abstract HTML
Caroline Jones
Silencing and Subjugation Masquerading as Love and Understanding: Sonya Hartnett's The Ghost's Child Abstract HTML
Maureen Clark

Emerging Voices

Examining the Works of Neil Gaiman: Children Don’t Need Their Literature Dumbo’d Down. Abstract HTML
Thomas Byrne
Using Ambiguity to Resist Stereotype in the 1930s: Erick Berry’s Penny-Whistle and One String Fiddle Abstract PDF
Tammy L. Mielke

The Tortoise's Tale

Critical Representations of Sexual Assault in Young Adult Literature Abstract HTML
Erika Cleveland, E. Sybil Durand


An Interview with Kevin Brooks Abstract HTML
Ben Screech

Curiouser and Curiouser

Review: Secrets, lies and the nature of Truth HTML
David Beagley

The Caucus Race

News, Announcements and Paper Calls HTML

The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680