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Children's Literature

Themes, genres and authors for Children's Literature held in MIE Library

About this guide

This guide was created to help you find stories which deal with themes such as death and loss, war and conflict and Irish history. You can select by theme with the buttons on the left, or explore authors and genres, critical approaches, academic journals and relevant web resources. Get in touch if you're looking for something specific and can't find it here: genevieve.larkin@mie.ie

Death and loss

 

Below is a curated list of children's literature dealing with death and loss. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

Genocide

Portrayals of genocide in children's literature can help children to digest difficult, sad and troublesome stories by personalising the victims and perpetrators. Below is a small selection from the Library's collection which tell these stories in often heart-breaking ways.

Below is a curated list of children's literature dealing with genocide. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

War and conflict

Below is a curated list of children's literature dealing with war and conflict. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

Irish history: early twentieth century

Below is a curated list of children's literature which covers Irish history. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

Orphan stories

Below is a curated list of children's literature on the topic of orphan stories. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

Family stories

Below is a curated list of children's literature which treats the theme of families. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 

Adventure stories

Below is a curated list of children's literature framed around adventure stories. Hover over the title for a description of the book. The shelfmark (call number) is where you can find the book on the shelf in the Library. Always check the Library Catalogue to see if it's currently available on the shelf. 
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