In 2020 we are celebrating 25 years since the launch of the 'Very Short Introduction' series.
To mark the occasion, throughout the year we will be featuring one VSI each month, and our March title is 'Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction' by Kimberley Reynolds.
How it works: For each featured title we provide free access to the first chapter as well as a reading guide with questions for thought and discussion, written by the author. Over the course of the month we will post additional content on our Facebook group around the featured title to help foster discussion. Read at your own pace, in a group or by yourself, and leave your comments and thoughts on Facebook.
You can also join the party on social media with #VSI25.
Read the first chapter of 'Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction':
Outside academia, the term ‘children's literature’ has a largely unproblematic, everyday meaning. Occasionally, questions are asked about whether something is suitable for a juvenile audience, a question usually provoked by concern about content – is it too frightening? Too morally ambiguous? For those who research and teach children's literature, by contrast, the term is fraught with complications ...