Kimberley Reynolds

Kimberley Reynolds is Professor of Children’s Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University; and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at UWA. She has published widely on many aspects of children’s literature, most recently in the form of an audio book, Children’s Literature between the Covers (2011), Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2011), and as co-editor of Children’s Literature Studies: A Research Handbook (2011). With the support of a major Leverhulme Fellowship she has recently published a monograph Left Out: The Forgotten Tradition of Radical Publishing for Children in Britain, 1910–1949 (Oxford University Press). In 2016 she became the second editor of International Research in Children’s Literature (Edinburgh University Press). This is the journal of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature; Reynolds served on the IRSCL board for 10 years and was its President from 20032007.

Kimberley Reynolds founded both the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University and the Children’s Literature Unit at Newcastle University. She has also been involved with Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Book since its inception. Children’s Literature Studies at Newcastle University were awarded 100% in the School of English’s impact case study with Seven Stories in the recent national Research Excellence Framework evaluation.


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Honours and Awards

2018: Children’s Literature Association Book Award for Left Out: The Forgotten Tradition of Radical Publishing for Children in Britain, 1910–1949.

2013: International Brothers Grimm Award from the International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka

2011–2013: Major Leverhulme Fellowship for ‘Modernism, the Left and Progressive Publishing for Children’

2009: Children’s Literature Association Book Award for Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations

2000–2004: Queen’s prize for Further and Higher education for the work of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature


Reading and rebellion: Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900–1960. Co-edited with Jane Rosen and Michael Rosen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe. Co-edited with Katie Barclay and Ciara Rawnsley. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Left Out: The Forgotten Tradition of Radical Publishing for Children in Britain, 1910–1949. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Children’s Literature in the New Millennium (revised 2nd ed of Children’s Literature in the 1890s and 1990s), Tavistock, Devon: Northcote House, 2012.

Children’s Literature Between the Covers, Maryland: Modern Scholar, 2011 (audio book)

Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Children’s Literature Studies: A handbook to research (contributor and editor with M. Grenby), London: Palgrave, 2010.

Radical Children’s Literature: Social and Aesthetic Transformations, London; Palgrave Macmillan (2007)

Children’s Literature:  Global and Local (contributor and co-editor with Emer O’Sullivan and Rolf Rømoren) proceedings of the 2003 congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Oslo: Novus Press, 2005

Modern Children’s Literature: An Introduction (contributor and editor), London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005

‘Modernism’.  In Keywords for Children’s Literature, second edition, edited by Philip Nel and Lissa Paul. New York: New York University Press, forthcoming 2018.

‘Firing the Canon: Geoffrey Trease’s Campaign for an Alternative Children’s Canon in 1930s Britain’.  In Canon Constitution and Change, edited by Bettina Kȕmmerling-Meibauer and Anja Muller. London: Routledge, 2016.

‘All for love: the relationship between adolescent love stories and reading as a cultural activity’ in Evelyn Arizpe and Vivienne Smith (eds), Reading Reflected: the portrayal of books, readers and literacy. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

‘The Forgotten History of Avant-garde Publishing for Children in Early Twentieth-Century Britain’ in Elina Druker and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (eds), Children’s Literature and European Avant-Garde. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015.

‘Research trends and revisionist history in children’s literature studies in Britain’ in Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Anja Mὓller, Astrid Surmatz (eds), European Literature for Children and Young  Adults [Studien  zur  europäischen  Kinder- und Jugendliteratur]. Universitätsverlag forthcoming 2015.

‘Puffin and the legacy of progressive publishing for children in Britain’ in J.M. Lyon and W. Wootten (eds), Seventy Years of Penguin. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.

‘Words, wounds and Chinese whispers: the complex hearing-telling dynamic of writing for and by young adults’ in P. Kennon, C. Ni Bhroin (eds.), What Do We Tell the Children? Critical essays on children’s literature, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012

'Froggy’s Little Brother' in J. Mickenberg and L. Vallone (eds) Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature, New York: Oxford University Press,

‘Preface’ to four facsimile volumes (1880-1883) of The Boy’s Own Paper, Tokyo: Eureka Press, 2009

‘Modernism’ in L. Paul and P. Nel (eds) Keywords for Children’s Literature, New York: New York University Press, 2009

‘Realism’ with L. Pearson in D. Rudd (ed) Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature, London: Routledge, 2010

‘Transformative Energies’ in J. Maybin and N. Watson (eds), Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009

50% of the entries on children’s literature for Oxford Companion to English Literature 7th edition, Dinah Birch (ed), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

‘Rewarding Reads’ in B. Alderson, J. Briggs, D. Butts and M. Grenby (eds) Popular Children’s Literature, Scolar/Ashgate, 2008

‘Families Forever? The adventures, opportunities and alliances of children who lose, find, or refuse their families’ in The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009

‘Introduction’ in B. Carrington, E. Lomax , M. Sebag-Montefiori and Liz Thiel (eds), A Victorian Quartet: Four forgotten women authors, Lichfield: Pied Piper, 2008

‘Kristen’s mange rejser: En gengortaelling of John Bunyan’s Pildrimsvandringen’ in N. Christensen and A. Karlskov Skyggeberg, eds., Pa opddagelse I bornlitteratuuren: festskrift til Torben Weinreich, Copenhagen: Host, 2006

‘Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in Performance’ in F. Collins and J. Ridgman (eds) Turning the Page: Children’s Literature in Performance and the Media, Oxford: Peter Laing, 2006

‘Preface’ to four facsimile volumes (1880-1883) of The Girl’s Own Paper, Tokyo: Eureka Press, 2006

‘"I write to frighten myself”: Catherine Storr and the Development of Children’s Literature Studies in Britain’. Children’s Literature in Education (21 October 2017): 1–15.

‘Mending a hole in the cultural memory: the forgotten radical children’s books of interwar Britain’. BREAC ( special number on ‘Children’s literature – changing paradigms and critical perspectives in Ireland and beyond’ (March 2016).

‘Re-coupling text and image: Graham Greene’s The Little Train’. The Lion and the Unicorn 38.1 (January 2013)

‘“A prostitution alike of matter and spirit”: anti-war discourses in children’s literature and childhood culture before and during World War I’. Children’s Literature in Education (November 2012).

‘Visions of the future in contemporary children’s fiction’. Literatuur Zonder Leeftijd (Autumn 2010)

‘Words about war for boys: Representations of soldiers and conflict in writing for children before WWI’. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.3 (Autumn 2009): 255–71.

‘What are they reading? A comparison of the reading habits of young people in Australia, Denmark, England and Ireland’. OCNOS 1.1 (2006): 87–107.

‘Frightening Fiction: Beyond Horror’. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship 11.2 (2005): 151–61.