A site for the study of twentieth century British children’s books, particularly historical fiction, and their relationship to social change
Clive Barnes


 National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature

‘NCRCL….is rightly regarded as the premier institution for children’s literature research in Britain’, Professor Emer O’Sullivan

The Centre promotes academic excellence in research into children’s literature, primarily through thriving postgraduate MA and PhD programmes, conferences and staff publications. Tutors also teach at undergraduate level, to ensure the position and prestige of children’s literature within the University of Roehampton.

International Research Society for Children’s Literature

The International Research Society for Children’s Literature is an international scholarly organization established to support and promote research in the field of children’s literature. It includes members from over forty countries worldwide.


  • To promote academic research and scholarship into children’s and youth literature, reading and related fields.
  • To facilitate co-operation between researchers in different countries and in different branches of learning.
  • To enable researchers in different countries to exchange information, share discussion of professional and theoretical issues, and initiate and co-ordinate research.

Books for Keeps

Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on our new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators.

IBBY UK – International Board on Books for Young People United Kingdom Section

The International Board on Books for Young People is a unique international alliance of everyone interested in children’s literature: academics, librarians, writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers, literacy workers, booksellers, parents and others.

IBBY UK is just one of IBBY’s 70+ national sections in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.