Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

Indespensible for maintaining a strong fantasy collection, this classic guide features more than 4,800 fantasy novels and story collections that have been reviewed and recommended by at least two leading journals. New to this edition are: 1,500 new fantasy novels and collections 4,000 new sources in the research guide, which includes more than 10,500 articles, books, and disserations five new review sources added to the 24 previously cited recommendation symbols that denote superior quality numbered entries for quick reference and an expanded Subject Index Ten topical chapters range from Allegorical Fantasy and Literary Fairy Tales to Witchraft and Sorcery. Each annotated title includes extensive bibliographic references, along with reading level, major awards won, recommendation symbols, and review citations.

Excerpt

Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults is an annotated bibliography of 4,800 fantasy novels and story collections for children and young adults in grades 3 through 12, as well as a research guide to more than 10,500 articles, books, and Ph.D. dissertations about the authors who write fantasy literature for children and young adults. The book is intended for use by librarians, teachers, parents, and students in children’s and young adult literature courses.

Significant improvements have been made in this, the fourth, edition. Nearly 1,500 books have been added to the 3,300 books in the last edition (1989) for a total of more than 4,800 books in Part One, the Annotated Bibliography—a 45 percent increase. Almost 3,150 are numbered main entry titles; the remaining 1,650 titles are sequels or related works by the same author, which are cited in the main entry’s annotation. Sixty books that have been out of print for over fifty years have been deleted (see “Books Deleted from the Fourth Edition,” below). In Part Two, the Research Guide, nearly 4,000 new books, Ph.D. dissertations, and articles have been added to the more than 6,700 resources listed in the third edition, a 60 percent increase, for a total of more than 10,500 research sources.

The books in Part One, the Annotated Bibliography, are novels and story collections published in English in the United States (including translations) between 1900 and 1994. A few nineteenth-century classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) have also been included. Careful attention has been given to original publication dates and to recommended (by professional review sources discussed later) twentieth-century U.S. editions of these significant works. The same can be said for those works originally published abroad, both in English and in foreign languages that were translated into English. Review citations from professional journals continue to be given in each entry, and only books recommended in two or more sources have been included. Neither science fiction novels nor horror literature has been included, although a number of “science fantasies” with more fantasy elements than science fiction (e.g., McCaffrey’s Pern series) and a few short story anthologies containing both fantasy and science fiction or horror will be found.

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