Children's literature

A guide to children's literature including resources at the State Library and elsewhere

Finding a known author or title

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

Australian fantasy

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.

Catalogue search

Children's collection

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

Some Australian eresources and databases include

  • Aurealis is the Australian online magazine for fantasy, science fiction and horror and includes book reviews and awards
  • The Source is a database that includes fantasy and science fiction in picture book, chapter book and novel formats.

Australian Fantasy

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

John Mystery's Adventures of the Woolly Sisters: Pearl and Plain Jane