H-Childhood is an edited network focused on the history of childhood and youth. Subscriptions to H-Childhood are free. The H-Childhood network is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and H-Net.

Recent Network Content

Names children invent for places that matter to them

I'm doing some research on the history of chidren's toponyms and wonder if anyone has come across any interesting examples? I'm particularly interested in toponyms that inscribe a wider literary, historical or geographical consciousness e.g. Ida Gandy's memoirs refer to a small conifer plantation as 'Noah's Ark'.  Quite a bit of work has been done on maps in children's literature, which often feature toponyms invented by fictional children (i.e.

CFP: Youth Literature and Media

The Youth Literature and Media area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is seeking proposals for papers, panels, and presentations for the 2019 MPCA/ACA Conference. We’re interested in topics that explore the many tight intersections between, or loose boundaries around, childhood, youth, and popular culture.

New 'Parenting' issue of Oral History journal

The UK-based journal Oral History have just published a special issue on ‘parenting’, co-edited by Carla Pascoe Leahy (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Alistair Thomson (Monash University, Australia). The issue includes papers on parenting, mothering, fathering and grandparenting across Australia, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

QU: Records of Ontario Children’s Homes

I have copies of a large number of the original records from the 19th century and into the 20th century for 4 Protestant Children’s Homes in Ontario, including paper copies for one and microfilm copies for three of them plus paper copies of much of the material on the microfilm reels. I am retiring and have no further use for the material, but hate to throw it out.

Berks session

I am looking for a session for Berks. Are there others looking to create a session? Or is there a session that could use another paper? Please contact me if you are interested. The deadline is coming up soon.

Possibilities: Children, Nature, religion, 19th Century, female writers, popular culture.  My paper is “Nature Writing for Children from the 19th Century Sunday School Movement.”