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Radical Children's Literature Now!


This article surveys a range of recent literature for younger children that challenges the status quo. The authors ask: What pressing issues of the day are treated in children's literature, and how? What are the incentives and disincentives for creating, distributing, and reading radical children's literature? To what degree have radical children's books made it into libraries and schools? In what ways is radical children's literature of today different from that of earlier decades? Finally, what do all of these characteristics reveal about childhood, politics, and publishing?