Professor Kim Reynolds
Professor of Children's Literature

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Kimberley Reynolds specialises in Children's Literature Studies. She was President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature 2003-7 and sits on a number of influential boards and committees in the UK and internationally. She was on the V&A Trustees' committee with responsibility for the Museum of Childhood for 10 years and served a similar period on the board of the charity Booktrust (Chair 2004-8). She was a founder-member of the UK's Children's Laureate on whose steerng committee she continues to sit, and has advised and contributed to many children's literature broadcasts, programmes, films and other projects, including for the British Library and the British Council.


After completing her doctoral research in nineteenth-century juvenile fiction at the University of Sussex, Kim took up a post at what is now the Roehampton University where she and a colleague developed the successful MA in Children's Literature. In 1991 she conceived and established the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (then called the Children's Literature Research Centre) which, under her direction, was awarded a Queen's Prize for Further and Higher Education 2000-2004. She led 4 national studies of young people's reading habits; the Children's Literature International Summer School, and conceived and obtained funding for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. She has organised a number of national and international conferences. In 2000 she was made the UK's second Professor of Children's Literature.

Roles and Responsibilities

Supervising research in Children's Literature Studies; teaching modules in children’s literature; liaising with Seven Stories. Kim is an experienced and committed supervisor. To date she has seen 18 doctoral students through to successful completion and has a further 12 students at various stages in their research. She has supervised on a wide range of topics, from historic children’s literature through comparative studies (Greece, Cyprus, Taiwan, India and Korea), genre-based research, creative writing and digital children’s literature.


BA (C.W. Post College, Long Island University); BA, MA, PhD, all from Sussex, all in English Literature/nineteenth-century

Previous Positions

Lecturer, Ealing College of Higher Education, Department of English
Lecturer/Reader/Professor, University of Roehampton, School of English and Modern Literature


International Research Society for Children's Literature (Past President)

British Association for Modernist Studies

Children's Literature Association

Children's Books History Society
Children's Book Circle
British IBBY
Bookstart steering committee
Children's Laureate steering committee

Society for the History of Childhood and Youth

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature

Honours and Awards

International Brothers Grimm Award (2013) from the International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka (1 million yen) 

Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship, ‘Modernism, the Left, and progressive writing for children, 1900 – 1945’ (2011 – 2013)

Children's Literature Association Book Award 2009 for 'Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations' (Palgrave, 2007)

Queen's Prize for Further and Higher Education awarded to National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (2000-2004)



Informal Interests

Swimming, walking


Research Interests

Children's Literature Studies.

Other Expertise

Victorian Literature; Childhood Studies; Modernism

Current Work

'Modernism, the Left, and progressive writing for children, 1900 - 1945' awarded a Major Leverhule Research Fellowship for 2011-13)

Postgraduate Supervision

Successfully sypervised 18 students; currently working with 12 doctoral students on a range of projects including  a study of self-harm in YA fiction; trauma writing in Greek-Cypriot children's literature; the relationship between PC games and juvenile narrative; the environment in children's fiction; the family in GLBT YA fiction; twentieth-century developments in historical fiction for children; a comparison of British and Greek periodicals for girls in the C19th and their construction of adolescence;  the politics of clothing in Golden Age children's fiction; an evaluation of convergence culture in relation to turn of the millennium fantasy fiction; a reappraisal of working-class writers of the 1960s and 1970s; the fiction of Margaret Mahy and Diana Wynne Jones;  and a creative writing thesis focusing on  historical fiction.

Esteem Indicators

Received the International Brothers Grimm Award for contributions to Children's Literature 2013 (1 million yen)

Awarded the 2009 Children's Literature Association Book Award for 'Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations'
Elected President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (2003-7); on the board for 10 years
Elected to the International Committee of the Children's Literature Association 2008-1010

Selected to serve on the Book Award judging panel of the Children's Liyterature Association 20010-2012
On the boards of several key journals
Regular keynote speaker at international conferences
Invited to participate in major publishing projects

Invited to contribute to/advise on new academic programmes, media broadcasts and programmes, films and theatre productions 


Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Arts Council of England; Leverhulme; British Academy, Daiwa Foundation; British National Bibliographical R&D Foundation

Undergraduate Teaching

The Boundaries of Children's Literature
Special Topic: Fairy Tales

Postgraduate Teaching

M. Litt supervision
Contributions to the School's MA programmes
PhD supervision
Weekly postgraduate work-in-progress seminars