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Children's Literature in Sweden and Swedish America

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on Swedish and Swedish American children’s literature using Swenson Center resources.

Welcome!

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on Swedish and Swedish American children’s literature using Swenson Center resources.

The Swenson Center is located at Augustana College and is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

Children’s Literature in Sweden and Swedish America

Keywords / Search terms:

Here are some search terms to try in the library catalog or other search areas. Using the asterisk (*) is a wildcard option, that will return variations on a search term. For example,

  • Children’s literature
  • Swedish Americans AND fiction
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Children’s stories
  • Youth
  • Primer
  • Storybook
  • Reader
  • Barn
  • Ungdom

Possible research questions:

  • How are stories of immigration and emigration framed in Swedish and Swedish American children’s literature?
  • How is Sweden and Swedish ethnicity portrayed in Swedish American children’s literature?
  • What are some of the recurring themes and lessons reflected in Swedish and Swedish American children’s literature?