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Childhood Studies


Let's Read

A Linguistic Approach

Cynthia A. Barnhart and Robert K Barnhart
Based on the original work of Leonard Bloomfield and Clarence L. Barnhart

A classic reading-instruction text, updated to be more contemporary and teacher- and user-friendly.

Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9780814334553
Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9780814336861

Under Fire

Childhood in the Shadow of War

Edited by Elizabeth Goodenough and Andrea Immel

Investigates the effects of war on children and children’s literature.

Published: May 2008
ISBN: 9780814334041

The Child in the World

Embodiment, Time, and Language in Early Childhood

Eva M. Simms

A dialogue between developmental research and continental philosophy that illuminates how children experience the world.

Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814333754
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814338407

Appraising the Human Developmental Sciences

Essays in Honor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly

Edited by Gary W. Ladd

This volume sets out to celebrate the Quarterly’s significant contribution to developmental research and to highlight the advances made in the field since the early 1950s.

Published: April 2007
ISBN: 9780814333426
Published: April 2007
ISBN: 9780814335543

Poetry's Playground

The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry

Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.

The first book-length study of contemporary American children’s poetry, Poetry’s Playground considers children’s poetry in relation to the wider scope of adult poetic discourse.

Published: February 2007
ISBN: 9780814332962

And Life Is Changed Forever

Holocaust Childhoods Remembered

Edited by Martin Ira Glassner and Robert Krell
Sponsored by the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut

Looking at the Holocaust through the eyes of children who lived through it, this collection offers an inspiring assortment of perspectives on survival.

Published: April 2006
ISBN: 9780814331736

His Dark Materials Illuminated

Critical Essays on Philip Pullman's Trilogy

Edited by Milicent Lenz with Carol Scott

The first critical analysis of Philip Pullman’s cross-age fantasy trilogy.

Published: September 2005
ISBN: 9780814332078

Sister Water

Nancy Willard

An absorbing story about childhood and the search for a sense of place in the urban and natural environments of the Midwest.

Published: August 2005
ISBN: 9780814332443

Come the Morning

Mark Jonathan Harris
Photographs by Marissa Roth

This novel for young readers, told by a thirteen-year-old boy, is the story of a working-class American family plunged into homelessness.

Published: March 2005
ISBN: 9780814332412

Wild Things

Children's Culture and Ecocriticism

Edited by Sidney I. Dobrin and Kenneth B. Kidd

The first book-length study of the relationship between children's literature and ecocriticism.

Published: May 2004
ISBN: 9780814330289

For the Good of the Children

A History of the Boys and Girls Republic

Gay Pitman Zieger

The story of a notable children’s institution founded at the turn of the twentieth century, this book looks at the lives of troubled children and those who helped them, and illuminates major shifts in America’s child welfare system.

Published: January 2003
ISBN: 9780814330869

Children's Special Places

Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood

David Sobel

An examination of the secret world of children that shows how important special places are to a child's development.

Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814330265
Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780814337622

Appel Is Forever

A Child’s Memoir

Suzanne Mehler Whiteley

A courageous memoir describing the life of a young girl and her experiences living in Holland during World War II.

Published: July 1999
ISBN: 9780814328224
Published: July 1999
ISBN: 9780814338841