This volume reprints some of the most important essays published in the field of children's literature in the last five years and includes three new essays on folklore and science fiction, psychology, and cultural studies.Criticism of children's literature is an exiting and expanding inter-disciplinary field, relevant and accessible to a wide audience. Literature for Children: Contemporary Criticism is a companion to Children's Literature: The Development of Criticism (Routledge, 1990), which outlined the critical field. The current volume contains some of the most important essays published in the field in the last five years, demonstrating the link between literary criticism, history, education and psychology. It also includes three new essays by major authorities and an examination of the thoery of poetry in education.Peter Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Wales. He has lectured on children's literature worldwide and has published several novels and books for children. Critical books include Criticism, Theory and Children's Literature (Blackwell, 1991) and Children's Literature: the Development of Criticism (Routledge, 1990).