Myths and misconceptions about children's literature

Elena S. Xeni, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


Myths and Misconceptions do exist about Children’s Literature, as it is the case for every scientific discipline. At times they address the role of children’s literature (ChL) in society and in history or its specialized areas. On other occasions, myths and misconceptions are related to the language, the structure, the themes, the plot and/or the content of ChL. Every so often, how ChL is/should be taught and used in-class and out-of-class is an issue around which various myths are constructed. In this paper the myths and misconceptions of ChL are critically reviewed as a contribution to attempts made to clarify the gray areas surrounding the study of ChL, planting rigor grounds for its development.

Key words: myth, children´s literature