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 18, No 1 (2015)

Table of Contents

Frame of Reference

Introduction - Whose literature is it? Who decides? HTML
David Beagley

Emerging Voices

Appearing Otherwise: Alice is Now The Woman in Wonderland Abstract HTML
Emily R. Aguilo-Perez
Charles Dickens’s Idealized Portraits: Rewriting the child in Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop. Abstract HTML
Jack Tan
Australia’s forgotten fairy tale: Alan Marshall’s Whispering in the Wind Abstract HTML
Danielle Wood

The Tortoise's Tale

Folktales, Children’s Literature and National Identity in the United Arab Emirates Abstract HTML
Rida Blaik Hourani
Breaking the Binary: Using Kohlberg and Lesko to Examine Adolescence in Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why Abstract HTML
Chea Parton

Curiouser and Curiouser

Review: Challenges, Controversies and Ethics - Moral judgements in children's literature HTML
David Beagley

The Caucus Race

News, Announcements and Paper Calls HTML

The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680