SurLaLune frequently receives inquiries about children and fairy tales. Here is a summary of some of the most frequently recommended sources for researching the topic as well as links to archived discussions on the SurLaLune Discussion Board.
I also have an Amazon Listmania list of most of the books mentioned on this page at Children and Fairy Tales.
Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.
Cashdan, Sheldon. The Witch Must Die. New York: Basic, 1999.
Douglas, Susan J. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. New York: Crown, 1994.
Lurie, Alison. Don't Tell the Grown-ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1990.
Rusch-Feja, Diann D. The Portrayal of the Maturation Process of Girl Figures in Selected Tales of the Brothers Grimm. New York: Peter Lang, 1995.
Shannon, George. Folk Literature and Children: An Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Materials. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1982.
Tatar, Maria M. The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales. Princeton: Princeton University, 1987.
Tatar, Maria M. Off With Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood. Princeton: Princeton University, 1992.
Yolen, Jane. Touch Magic. Little Rock: August House, 2000.
Zipes, Jack. Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization. New York: Routledge, 1985.
Zipes, Jack. Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Cultural Industry. New York: Routledge, 1997.
Zipes, Jack. Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Zipes, Jack, ed. When Dreams Came True. London: Routledge, 1998.
Haase, Donald. "Psychology and Fairy Tales." The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Jack Zipes, editor. Oxford: Oxford University, 2000.
Haase, Donald. "Feminist Fairy-Tale Scholarship: A Critical Survey and Bibliography" Marvels & Tales. vol. 14, no. 1 : 15-63.
Haase, Donald. "Response and Responsibility in Reading Grimms' Fairy Tales." The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions. Donald Haase, editor. Detroit: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1993. pp. 230-49.
Discussion Board Archives
December 2000: Teaching Fairy Tales
February 2001: Censorship of fairy tales
February 2001: Stepmothers???
December 2001: Bettleheim "Revelations"
December 2001: False sense of reality
April 2002: Are fairytales childlike?
April 2002: Questions and Advice
April 2002: Should Children Read Fairy Tale?
October 2002: Fairy tales - unrealistic??
February 2003: Effects of fairy tales
February 2003: Teaching stories for young men
February 2004: The Uses of Enchantment-Meaning in Fairy Tales by Bettelheim
March 2004: Negative/Postivie Effects of Fairytales
March 2004: Should children be told fairy tales?
July 2004: Fairy tales and children's view on good and evil
July 2004: Help - English project on fairy tales... no clue!
August 2004: Feminine Beauty in Fairy Tales
September 2004: Fantasy is good for kids (& Harry Potter discussion)
April 2005: Fairy Tales = Adult Entertainment?
April 2005: Children's perception of 'unfair' fairy tale endings
April 2005: Impact of fairy tales on Children and Women
Amazon.com Listmania: Children and Fairy Tales