A guide to children's literature including resources at the State Library and elsewhere
This guide helps you find fantasy books for children and young adults. Keywords used to find fiction in our catalogue vary and this means that you will need to use a number of search strategies and resources to find fiction books in the theme of fantasy, depending on how much information you have to start with
To find a known title or author navigate to the Library catalogue and enter your terms in the large search box
For example, to find versions of Lewis Carroll's fantasies Alice's adventures in wonderland and Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there enter the author's name plus the term 'Alice' and click search. To see a comprehensive guide to doing research on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' books see the guide Lewis Carroll and his 'Alice' books
Scroll down the options on the left hand side of the screen to refine your list and under SLV collection, click Children's
Nineteenth Century Collections online is a new database of 19th century texts for children which includes fantasy texts. After clicking on this link, select the view online option, limit your search to Children's Literature and Childhood, then add your keywords in the search box
To find our holdings of Australian fantasy go to our Library catalogue
Type in the term fantasy and then use the options from the boxes below the 'Search' box to narrow your search. For instance you could choose 'in Subject' from the dropdown list of the third box.
You will find a very large number of results so to refine your results list scroll down the left hand column and at SLV Collection click 'Children's'
To identify Australian works of fantasy or science fiction, you will need to search eresources and print indexes
The early May Gibbs fantasy set on the rooftops of London About Us
Gibbs' better know gumnut characters in The Wattle babies
Elisabeth MacIntyre's Ambrose Kangaroo: a story that never ends
Bottersnikes and Gumbles by Sid Wakefield, illustrated by Desmond Digby