Girls' Books

Bibliography & further reading

Carpan, Carolyn. Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths : Girls’ Series Books in America. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

D’Amico, LuElla. Girls’ Series Fiction and American Popular Culture. Lanham : Lexington Books, 2016. Tisch Library Book Stacks PS374.C454 G57 2016.

Donelson, Ken. “Nancy, Tom and Assorted Friends in the Stratemeyer Syndicate Then and Now.” Children’s Literature 7, no. 1 (1978): 17–44.

Foster, Shirley. What Katy Read : Feminist Re-Readings of “Classic” Stories for Girls. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995. Tisch Library Book Stacks PN481 .F67 1995.

Haire-Sargeant, Lin. “American Girl to New Woman: Themes of Transformation in Books for Girls, 1850–1925.” Ph.D. dissertation, Tufts University, 2004.

Honey, Emily A. “From Spiritual Guides to Eager Consumers: American Girls’ Series Fiction, 1865–1930.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010.

Inness, Sherrie A. Nancy Drew and Company : Culture, Gender, and Girls’ Series. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997. Tisch Library Book Stacks PS374.G55 N36 1997.

Jones, James P. “Negro Stereotypes in Children’s Literature: The Case of Nancy Drew.” The Journal of Negro Education 40, no. 2 (1971): 121–25.

Nash, Ilana. American Sweethearts : Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. Tisch Library Book Stacks PS374.G55 N37 2006.

Romalov, Nancy Tillman. “Mobile Heroines: Early Twentieth-Century Girls’ Automobile Series.” Journal of Popular Culture 28, no. 4 (1996): 231–44.

Smith, Jane S. “Plucky Little Ladies and Stout-Hearted Chums: Serial Novels for Girls, 1900–1920.” Prospects 3 (October 1978): 155–74.

Stang, Karen. “Series Books for the American Girl, 1910--1940.” Masters thesis, The University of Chicago, 1980.

Stoneley, Peter. Consumerism and American Girls’ Literature, 1860-1940. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Tisch Library Book Stacks PS374.G55 S86 2003.

Tarbox, Gwen Athene. “The Clubwomen’s Daughters: The Collectivist Impulse in Progressive Era Girls’ Fiction, 1890-1940.” Ph.D. dissertation, Purdue University, 1997.

Checklists of titles

Burns, Linda., and Society of Phantom Friends. The Girls’ Series Companion. Rheem Valley, CA: SynSine Press, 1997.

Johnson, Deidre. Stratemeyer Pseudonyms and Series Books : An Annotated Checklist of Stratemeyer and Stratemeyer Syndicate Publications. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982.

University of Minnesota and Children’s Literature Research Collections. Girls Series Books : A Checklist of Titles Published 1840-1991. Minneapolis, Minn.: Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries, 1992.

University of Minnesota Libraries. “Girls Series Books: A Checklist of Titles Published 1840-1991." Accessed June 25, 2019.