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.  
Posted: 2013-02-13 More...

Submissions to The Looking Glass

For technical reasons, the online submission system is not currently available. However, we are (most certainly!) still accepting submissions.

Simply send them by email to
Posted: 2012-09-17 More...
More Announcements...

Vol 17, No 1 (2013)

Table of Contents

Frame of Reference

Introduction - Give the reader credit for being able to think! HTML
David Beagley

Alice's Academy

Editor's Introduction Abstract HTML
Caroline Jones
Performative Metafiction: Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler and The End of A Series of Unfortunate Events Abstract HTML
Sara Austin
Fantastic Literature at the Beginning of the Third Millennium: Terror, Religion, and the Hogwarts Syndrome. Abstract HTML
Danielle Gurevitch

Emerging Voices

Exploring the Intent and Ramifications of Spiritual Archetypes in Children’s Fantasy Literature Abstract HTML
Stacey Freeman

The Tortoise's Tale

Identity Construction and the Gaze in The Hunger Games Abstract HTML
Allison Layfield


The Legend of the Pied Piper in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Grimm, Browning, and Skurzynski Abstract HTML
Mary Troxclair Adamson

Curiouser and Curiouser

Review: The Conversations of History HTML
David Beagley

The Caucus Race

News, Announcements and Paper Calls HTML

The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680