Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults

Front Cover
Fantasy conjures up images of witches, fairies, dark woods, magic wands and spells, time travel, ghosts, and dragons. Each of us defines fantasy in a personal way, based on our life stories, experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults, helps teachers and students of literature to develop their own understandings of this broad genre in order to evaluate and promote the joy of fantasy in their classrooms. An excellent teaching tool, the discussions are organized around three categories of fantasy literature, including fairy/folktale; mixed fantasy (which includes journey, transformation, talking animal, and magic); and heroic-ethical; and they are supported by well-chosen examples of representative authors, critics, and theorists. With the assumption that the reader has no special knowledge of fantasy literature but has some previous exposure to the study of literature for children and young adults, this book focuses on reviewing texts that illustrate particular types of fantasy literature. The authors have an extensive knowledge of both classic and contemporary children's and YA titles, and they offer many insightful observations and details that make a book a particularly good classroom choice. Literature allows us to discuss controversial issues without making judgments; it allows us the opportunity to "experience" another time and space by providing a new lens through which to view; and it offers us a multitude of ways to come to appreciate and embrace the world of fantasy. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults will help teachers and other readers to deepen their knowledge, appreciation, and pedagogical understandings of fantasy literature.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Fairy Tales
Mixed Fantasy
HeroicEthical Traditions
For Further Reading and Professional Growth
About the Authors

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Pamela S. Gates is professor of English at Central Michigan University and is currently serving as associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Susan B. Steffel is professor of English at Central Michigan University and a veteran teacher with thirty years of teaching experience. Francis L. Molson is professor emeritus of English, having retired from Central Michigan University after twenty-five years of teaching, the last ten serving as chair of the department. The authors have a combined 75 years of classroom teaching experience in the field of preparing teachers for elementary and secondary classroom settings.

Bibliographic information