BiblioFiles Episode #17: Fantasy Literature and Fairy Tales with Andrew Pudewa

Witches, wizards, and wands--oh my! Fantasy literature can be some pretty murky waters for teachers and parents, but who better to help us navigate these seas than Andrew Pudewa, the head of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and the godfather of CenterForLit? Andrew is not only a very dear friend of ours, but is pretty much the reason we exist in the first place. We had such a wonderful time talking to him about this sticky but also fascinating subject, and as usual he left us with plenty of things to think about.

Referenced Materials:

Institute for Excellence in Writing (

–"The Ethics of Elfland" in Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story by George Orwell

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

–"The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth


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