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. This site is currently in recess, as the Journal Editor has retired from La Trobe University.


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.



The Looking Glass is currently in recess.

Due to the retirement from academic life of the current editor, David Beagley, The Looking Glass is going into recess. We are still hoping to find a new home and custodian(s) - all offers are welcome!
We are unable to accept new submissions at the moment, but will publish an issue from current articles shortly.
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Vol 21, No 1 (2018)

Table of Contents

Frame of Reference

Introduction - Piratical Play, Islands, Monsters and Walls
David Beagley

Alice's Academy

Amy Elliot

Emerging Voices

Kevin Sun
Jane Worme

Picture Window

Jordana Hall

The Tortoise's Tale

Jeff Spanke, Rachel Haywood


Ben Screech

The Caucus Race

ChLA Phoenix Award winners - 2019
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