The Centre for Children's Book Studies reflects the strengths of several research areas within Anglia Ruskin University: Cambridge School of Art, the Faculty of Education and the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media.
The Centre works closely with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, bringing together theory and practice through an ongoing collaboration between staff and students across the 2 institutions. We consider the material book as a historical, cultural, and artistic object which relates to a variety of disciplines.
Especially important is our work in illustration. We host the first MA Children's Book Illustration in the UK - an enormously successful degree with over 60 students. We also consider notions of childhood and children in the broader cultural and historical contexts, and take account of work for children in drama, music, film and animation. This research centre also builds upon work in our MA Publishing and MA English Literature degrees.
This page features some examples of work by CCBS members. Please click the images to view larger versions.
The CCBS site banner was created from the illustration 'One World' by Meng-Chia Lai, a BA (Hons) Illustration graduate.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, RAE 2008, five subjects within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences were rated as having 'internationally excellent' research and four subject areas as having 'world-leading' research. English and History were among the top-rated departments in the country.