Children’s Folklore Review

Editor: Brandon Barker, Indiana University
Editorial Board: Jay Mechling, Priscilla Ord, Simon J. Bronner, and Elizabeth Tucker

CFR13coverEstablished in 1977, the Children’s Folklore Review, a publication of the Children’s Folklore Section, regularly publishes articles on all aspects of children’s traditions: oral, customary, and material culture. In addition, CFR will consider articles dealing with the use of folklore in children’s literature, children’s folklore and education, children’s folklore and popular culture, children’s folklore and the internet, play studies, and similar topics. Articles are refereed and are indexed by the MLA and other major bibliographies. Membership in the Children’s Folklore Section ensures your immediate access to new issues of the CFR as they are published. Learn more here.

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Back Issues


The Children’s Folklore Review has recently published its latest issue (Vol. 38), a special collection of essays honoring the distinguished career and scholarship of Dr. Simon J. Bronner. The essays, penned by his colleagues and students, past and present, are illustrative of the tremendous influence his scholarship continues to have in  shaping the theoretical orientations and methodology within the study of children’s folklore. Issues will be available for purchase at the 2017 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting.

Table of Contents:


  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Upsherin, Alef-Bet, and the Childhood Navigation of Jewish Gender Identity Symbol Sets (pp. 3-13)
    By Amy K. Milligan
  • “There’s An App for That”: Ghost Hunting with Smartphones (pp. 14 – 25)
    By Elizabeth Tucker
  • “Little Pitchers Have Big Ears”: The Intricate World of Children and Proverbs (pp. 26 – 36)
    By Wolfgang Mieder
  • Wrestling with Masculinity
    By Andrew Delfino & Jay Mechling (pp. 37 – 51)
  • Growing Little Traditions: Baltimore’s Little Miss Hon Contest (pp. 52 – 59)
    By David Puglia
  • Finding New Monsters in Old Places: A Review of the Words of Simon J. Bronner Through an Age-Intersectional Lens (pp. 60 – 72)
    By Cory Thomas Hutcheson


  • Children’s Games in the New Media Age: Childlore, Media and the Playground
    By Anna Beresin
  • Let’s Get the Rhythm
    By Cory Thomas Hutcheson