Two books on the history of children's fantasy literature, written with a scholarly background but intended for the general as well as academic reader. If you're looking for a guide to choosing books for children, or just want to explore the history of the genre, these could be what you're looking (I've also written over a hundred articles for various periodicals, mostly farming-related.)
Quests and Kingdoms: A Grown-Up's Guide to Children's Fantasy Literature
Discusses the history of fantasy literature for children from the Victorian era to the early years of the twenty-first century. Shortlisted for the Children's Books History Society's Harvey Darton Award in 2006. (Sybertooth 2005.)
Beyond Window-Dressing: Canadian Children's Fantasy at the Millennium
An examination of children's fantasy literature in Canada. Received the 2004 Frances E. Russell Award from IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People); now called the Frances E. Russell Grant. (Sybertooth 2007).