The reference below is a hyperlink to a preview in Google Books of a new monograph on Hesba Stretton by Elaine Lomax. There are also several reviews on this book in Summon:
Lomax, Elaine, 2013, The Writings of Hesba Stretton: Reclaiming the Outcast Ashgate, Aldershot and Burlington. (click on title to follow link)
Avery, Gillian, 1989, ‘The Puritans and their Heirs’, in ed. Gillian Avery and Julia Briggs, Children and their Books: a Celebration of the Work of lona and Peter Opie, Oxford.
Bratton, J.S. 1981, The impact of Victorian children’s fiction,Croom Helm, London.
Briggs, Julia, Butts, Denis, & Grenby, Matthew Orville, 2008, Popular children’s literature in Britain, Ashgate, Aldershot. (click on title to follow link)
Cutt, Nancy, 1979, Ministering angels: a study of nineteenth-century evangelical writing for children, Five Owls Press, Wormley
Davin, Anne, 2001, “Waif Stories in Late Nineteenth-Century England”, History Workshop Journal, vol. 2001, no. 52, pp. 67-98. (digitized version on Blackboard)
Grenby, Matthew Orville, 2006, “Tame Fairies Make Good Teachers: The Popularity of Early British Fairy Tales”,The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 1-24.
Thiel, Elizabeth, 2007, The Fantasy of the Family: Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. New York: Routledge.
Vallone, Lynne, 1991, “‘A Humble Spirit under Correction’: Tracts, Hymns, and the Ideology of Evangelical Fiction for Children, 1780-1820”, The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children’s Literature, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 72-95.