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Background

Our research systematically examines the historical context and development of Canadian children's illustrated books and the contemporary state of writing, illustrating, and publishing of children's illustrated books in Canada. We use an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the discipline areas of children's literature, art history, publishing studies, the history of the book, and socio-cultural history.

 

 
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No previous research study has attempted a comprehensive assessment of Canadian children’s publishing and children's illustrated books from a scholarly perspective. In our research, we examine the history of publishing for children in Canada through the lens of the illustrated book. We explore its historical development, and interpret and critically evaluate an extensive body of Canadian publications in order to trace the communications circuit, in which texts circulate from creators to publishers to the marketplace to readers and back again to creators. By identifying commonalities and differences in educational and work histories, artistic and design philosophies, visual media, style and technique, experiences of collaborative work, and publishing experiences of the creators, disseminators, readers, and critics of Canadian children’s illustrated books, we trace the development of Canadian publishing for children as an expression of national identity and cultural consciousness and locate children’s publishing within broader histories of Canadian publishing and cultural production.