K.V. Johansen Author of Fantasy and Children's Literature
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Non-fiction Articles
Essay 1, Oct. 2001
Essay 2, Dec. 2001
Essay 3, Feb. 2002
Essay 4, Apr. 2002
Essay 5, Jun. 2002
Essay 6, Oct. 2002
Essay 7, Dec. 2002

Essay 8, Feb. 2003
Essay 9, Apr. 2003
Essay 10, Jun. 2003
Essay 11, Oct. 2003
Essay 12, Dec. 2003

The original column on children's fantasy literature can be found in Resource Links magazine. To obtain a licence to make a limited number of copies of the essays for personal or educational use, please contact Access Copyright. For requests to re-print articles, please contact the author.

These booklists are not intended to be a comprehensive children's fantasy literature bibliography. Penguin/Puffin kept many children's classics in print in paperback through the sixties and seventies, but has fewer now than they used to. Random House's Red Fox imprint has been reissuing many classics lately. If you or your bookstore can't find a book in "Books in Print" or listed on the major on-line bookstores such as Amazon Canada, Amazon USA or Amazon UK, or try searching for used copies.

Essay # 4: Lofting, Masefield, and Linklater

Arthur Ransome
retold fairy tales
Old Peter's Russian Tales (1917)
The War of the Birds and the Beasts (Jonathan Cape 1984; Puffin 1986)
Swallows and Amazons (all published by Jonathan Cape; reissued in paperback by Puffin in the 1960's and following decades, and most recently by Red Fox in the 1990's)
Swallows and Amazons (1930)
Swallowdale (1931)
Peter Duck (1932)
Winter Holiday (1933)
Coot Club (1934)
Pigeon Post (1936; won the first Carnegie Medal)
We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea (1937)
Secret Water (1939)
The Big Six (1940)
Missee Lee (1941)
The Picts and the Martyrs (1943)
Great Northern? (1947)
Coots in the North and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape 1988; Red Fox 1993)

P.L. Travers
Mary Poppins (1934; pbk in the 1980's from Collins)
Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935)
Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943)
Mary Poppins in the Park (1952)
Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane (1982)

Mary Norton
The Magic Bed-Knob (1943)
Bonfires and Broomsticks (1947)
reissued as one book:
Bedknob and Broomstick (1957; recently Harcourt)
also the author of The Borrowers series

Hugh Lofting
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920; recently by Red Fox)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (1922; Newbery winner)
Doctor Dolittle's Post Office (1923)
Doctor Dolittle's Circus (1924)
Doctor Dolittle's Zoo (1925)
Doctor Dolittle's Caravan (1926)
Doctor Dolittle's Garden (1927)
Doctor Dolittle in the Moon (1928)
Gub-Gub's Book (1932)
Doctor Dolittle's Return (1933)
Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake (1948)
Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary (1950)
Doctor Dolittle's Puddleby Adventures (1952; short stories)

John Masefield
The Midnight Folk (1927; recently by Mammoth)
The Box of Delights (1935; ")
Eric Linklater The Wind on the Moon (1944; Carnegie Medal; Jane Nissen Books, 2000)

J.R.R. Tolkien
Roverandom (written 1925; published HarperCollins 1998)
The Hobbit (Allen & Unwin, 1937; currently pub. by HarperCollins)

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