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Hello and welcome to WikiProject Children's Literature, a WikiProject to better organize information in articles related to children's and young-adult literature!

Brief messages relating to this WikiProject can be left at the talk page. Longer discussions should take place at Article Discussion or Project Discussion.

Project scope[edit]

This project is dedicated to improving the quality of coverage of children's and young-adult literature on Wikipedia. The main aims of this WikiProject are to:

  • Improve the overall quality of articles relating to children's and young-adult literature, including books, authors, and scholarship
  • Identify those articles which need to be created, merged, or deleted
  • Improve the categorization of these articles
  • Define easily maintainable, usable, and well-documented templates and infoboxes related to this WikiProject
  • Improve source citation in all these articles
  • Propose criteria for (author, book, etc.) list creation and inclusion
  • Expand stub articles relating to children's literature
  • Perform cleanup on articles

The topics covered by this WikiProject include any articles about children's or young adult books, magazines, short stories, poetry or fictional elements; authors, illustrators and publishers of children's and young adult books; awards for children's and young adult books; and articles relating to the scholarship of children's and young adult literature. Notable exceptions to this scope include redirect pages, and articles about adaptations of children's literature in a non-literary medium, such as musicals and films.

Here are some open tasks for WikiProject Children's literature, an attempt to create and standardize articles related to children's literature. Feel free to

Things you can do

You can also help with any of the following project tasks:

Promote the project
  • Join this project! Add yourself to the list, and add the userbox to your page, to advertise the project to people who happen to pass by.
  • Invite people to the project – drop a note on the user talk page of editors working on Children's literature topics who aren't project members.
  • Consider promoting the project via the Wikipedia Signpost WikiProject desk.
Improve the project
  • Update the project pages, archive clutter, and make use of the latest automation available
  • Consult the WikiProject Guide for ideas
  • Come up with new ones
Use the project
  • Create a new article.

Project Discussion[edit]

Please visit the Project Discussion page to join the discussion of new ideas about project policy and organisation. Currently ongoing discussions are:

Article updates[edit]

Alerts[edit]

Proposed deletions
Good article reassessments

Recognised content[edit]

This project has a Wall of Recognised Content which is regularly updated by JL-Bot. To see the most recent wall, please click below.

Articles needing cleanup[edit]

Many articles on this project currently require cleanup for a number of issues:

Article Discussions[edit]

Please see the Article Discussion page to join the discussion of articles within the scope of this WikiProject, or to post comments about article issues such as deletion proposals and notability concerns. The following articles are currently under discussion:

Assessment[edit]

Welcome to the assessment department of the Children's Literature WikiProject! This department focuses on assessing the quality and importance of Wikipedia's children's and young-adult literature related articles through the WP:1.0 program.

Assessing articles[edit]

Any user can add articles to this WikiProject by adding {{WikiProject Children's literature}} to the article's talk page. This should only be done if the article relates directly to the project scope, and if you find any articles which seem to be incorrectly tagged then they can be delisted by removing the project template from the talk page.

Articles are assessed through the |class= and |importance= parameters in their {{WikiProject Children's literature}} project template. Class is used to denote the quality of the article, and importance to denote its importance to WikiProject Children's Literature. The possible values for each of these can be found in Assessment Criteria below. Often when articles are first tagged they will not be assessed on these qualities, but they will automatically be added to the project and should be assessed shortly, allowing for delay due to backlog.

Any user can assess articles for this project, even if they are not a member. However, some users prefer an outsider's opinion on articles they are closely involved in, and you can request an assessment from project members by adding the article to the list of Assessment requests below. These will be dealt with by a number of editors; if you would prefer one particular individual for some reason, it may be better to contact them through their talk page.

Ratings are often subjective and will change over time as the article develops. If you have any problems with the ratings system, you may wish to leave a message at the project talk page or the article discussion page.

Department tasks[edit]

If you want to help the assessment department, please contribute to any of the following tasks:

Assessment Criteria[edit]

This project uses the WP:1.0 assessment criteria to assess articles. The criteria specific to this project are listed below.

Assessment requests[edit]

If you have made significant changes to an article on this project and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below along with your signature and any comments you wish to leave. This is not required, and you may assess the article for yourself, but any articles here should soon receive attention from a project member, who may also leave comments on the article's talk page. If you assess an article on this list, please use <s> and </s> to strike it through so that other editors do not waste time going there. Assessed articles will be removed periodically.

Please do not place articles which you believe to be Good Article or Featured Article class on this list. These have their own nomination procedures, which can be found at Good Article nominations and Featured Article nominations.

Please do not place articles which have not yet received assessments on this list. Any unassessed article with the project tag will automatically be categorised as unassessed and will be dealt with as soon as possible. There may be a short delay due to backlog.


  1. Stargirl (novel): I recently did quite a bit of editing and clean-up on this article. It could probably still use some work, but it could stand to move up a class or two.--Redfive27 (talk) 17:37, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
I moved it up to C-class. It still needs some good work in anumber of departments. First of all the plot section need some major trimming, what with a prologue, a really big main plot and an epilogue. Apart from that it lack an important section - Reception. Since it is written in the lead that it was generally praised by critics and the fact that it had won some awards and has been a betseller I guess it might not be really tough to make a reception section. Just include this info with a little more detail from the site. Apart from that another important secton - Themes, is also not there, try adding it if you could.King Of The Wise (talk) 08:57, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
  1. Kissing Shakespeare. I need help of assessing the article of Pamela Mingle's debut novel. Thanks--NeoBatfreak (talk) 20:35, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
No this is still defintely a Start class. Needs a lot of work, just try to do what the tags ask.King Of The Wise (talk) 08:57, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


Current article statistics[edit]

Collaboration[edit]

Welcome to the collaboration department of the Children's Literature WikiProject! This department is intended to bring attention to articles of high importance to the project which are currently of a low quality. The department will promote these articles, and will regularly choose one of them which all project members are asked to contribute to as much as they feel able.

The current Collaboration Article is Curious George (book). Please visit this article and contribute to it in any way you can.

At the beginning of the Collaboration, it was rated as High importance and Stub class. So far it has improved to Stub class.

If you wish to be updated about the collaboration articles for this WikiProject, please use {{WP:CHL COLLAB}}.

If you wish to nominate or discuss future Collaboration Articles, please visit the department page.

Outreach[edit]

If you are interested in promoting this project, please visit the Outreach department.

Participants[edit]

This is a list of Wikipedians who are committed to this WikiProject. If you're interested in helping with this project, please, feel free to join by clicking the link below, and adding your name at the bottom of the list using {{User|Your User Name}}, with an optional comment.

If you join this project, please add this template to your user page: {{user WikiProject Children's literature}}

Tom Sawyer 1876 frontispiece.jpg This user is a member of the Children and Young Adult Literature WikiProject.


You don't need to be actively writing articles to be a participant. Please click here to add your name to the list below. Please use {{User}} instead of four tildes ~~~~. You may add a comment if you wish.

Editors who make no edits to Wikipedia at all in six months will be presumed retired. Editors can always join the list again when they return to Wikipedia.

Categories[edit]

The following category tree shows categories of articles within the scope of this WikiProject.

Stub completion[edit]

The following category shows stub-class articles within the scope of this WikiProject.

Related Projects[edit]

Task Forces[edit]

This Project currently has one task force:

The following Children's Literature task forces are currently run by WikiProject Novels:

Other WikiProjects[edit]

This WikiProject is a child project of WikiProjects Literature, Books, and Novels, and a sister project of WikiProjects Artemis Fowl, Fablehaven, Harry Potter, Redwall, and Warriors.

Templates[edit]

Many templates are used by articles in this project. Some of the most common are listed below, but a more complete list can be found in Category:Template-Class children and young adult literature articles.

Project templates[edit]

This project maintains several templates for use in a variety of tasks:

Common article templates[edit]

Stub sorting templates are used on Stub-class articles to specify the topic they are based on. Stub sorting templates are maintained by WikiProject Stub Sorting and a full list can be found at WikiProject Stub sorting/Stub types. Some of the most common stub types on this project are:

Infoboxes are used to give a summary of the main features article's topic. They generally consist of a list of features which the article might have, and as many of these features as possible should be specified, although many can be left out if they are not known. Infoboxes are maintained by WikiProject Infoboxes, and help using them can be found on the Manual of Style and help page about them, in addition to on each template's documentation page. A variety of infoboxes are available depending upon the subject of the article in question. A full list is available in Category:Infobox templates, but some commonly used infoboxes on this project are:

Navigation boxes are used to ease navigation between a group of articles on the same topic. There are many navigtion boxes used by this project, which generally group articles by some shared characteristic, for example {{Harry Potter}}, grouping by series, or {{American Library Association}}, grouping by organisation.

Resources[edit]

This is a list of useful pages which are outside of this project, but may still be useful to project participants.

Notability[edit]

All articles in this project should meet the notability guidelines relevant to their subject. Please read these guidelines carefully before creating any new articles. All articles should also meet general Wikipedia guidelines such as a neutral point of view, verifiability and no original research before being created. Any articles about living persons must also meet the criteria listed at Biography of Living Persons.

Authors should meet the notability criteria for creative professionals. Authors are generally notable if:

  • The person has received a notable award or honor, or has been often nominated for one.
  • The person has made a widely recognized contribution that is part of the enduring historical record in his or her specific field.
  • The person is regarded as an important figure or is widely cited by their peers or successors.
  • The person is known for originating a significant new concept, theory or technique.
  • The person has created, or played a major role in co-creating, a significant or well-known work, or collective body of work, that has been the subject of an independent book or feature-length film, or of multiple independent periodical articles or reviews.
  • The person's work either (a) has become a significant monument, (b) has been a substantial part of a significant exhibition, (c) has won significant critical attention, or (d) is represented within the permanent collections of several notable galleries or museums, or had works in many significant libraries.

Books should meet the criteria for book notability. Books are generally notable if:

  • The book has been the subject of multiple published works, including books, films and newspaper articles, whose sources are independent of the book and its self-interested parties. Some of these works should contain sufficient critical commentary to allow the article to grow past a simple plot summary.
  • The book has won a major literary award.
  • The book has been considered by reliable sources to have made a significant contribution to any other notable subject, such as a motion picture, art form, event or political or religious movement.
  • The book is frequently taught at a large number of educational institutions.
  • The book's author is so historically significant that any of his or her written works may be considered notable.

Individual articles on characters, locations, and other elements of a work of fiction are subject to Wikipedia's fictional elements notability guidelines — be aware of these guidelines before creating articles. Generally, these elements should be part of a significant work of fiction, and should have received significant coverage outside of this work of fiction.

Article improvement[edit]

Some helpful guides about writing articles in general may be:

One of the most difficult parts of article writing to achieve is the citation of reliable sources:

For nominating articles to good article status:

For nominating articles to featured article status:

Style[edit]

All articles should conform to the relevant Wikipedia style guides. Some helpful resources include:


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