April 2018: Children’s Literature

This April, Scholars Portal is highlighting International Children’s Book Day, which is observed annually on noted fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday (April 2). This yearly event, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, an international non-profit, promotes a love of reading, recognizes the role of books in the development and education of children, and calls attention to children’s literature. To celebrate Children’s Book Day, we’ve gathered material on children’s literature and literacy practices from our booksjournals, and <odesi> platforms.

Cover of: Windows and words: a look at Canadian children's literature in English Cover of: The making of the Alice books: Lewis Carroll's uses of earlier children's literature Cover of: Children's literature: a reader's history, from Aesop to Harry Potter Cover of: Relentless progress: the reconfiguration of children's literature, fairy tales, and storytelling Cover of: From nursery rhymes to nationhood: children's literature and the construction of Canadian identity Cover of: Unsettling narratives: postcolonial readings of children's literature


Journal Articles


Survey on Reading and Buying Books, 2005

This survey provides a detailed statistical picture of the habits of Canadians with respect to buying and reading books for pleasure. Coverage of reading habits includes genre type, frequency of reading, books bought, proportion of Canadian authors among books bought, and library use. The respondents were also asked about non-reading activities such as television watching and use of Internet to provide a comparison to reading.

Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 [Canada]

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies is a multi-cycle international programme of assessment, focused on adults’ literacy, numeracy, and information communication technology skills and competencies. It aims to collection information from residents of several countries, including Canada, and seeks to provide information regarding change in distribution of skills over the years, the extent of the skill being measured, and information about individuals with low levels of competency.

National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, 1998-1999 [Canada]: Cycle 3, Primary File

This survey is part of a long-term study monitoring the development and well-being of Canadian children as they grow from infancy to adulthood, with data collected at two-year intervals. It includes variables related to the children’s activities, literacy, education, and reading tests, among many others.