"Articles are substantial, (the publicity flyer states that the 445 articles range from 500 to 5,000 words in length) signed, and include cross-references and bibliographies. In some cases, Internet resources are also identified. Many are illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of paintings and photographs, and occasionally, tables...My one hope is that an electronic version of this well-conceived and well-written set will be made available to promote updated URLs and fast access to cross-referenced articles."
--Catholic Library World (June 2004)
"There are two obvious shortcomings: the omission of Urie Bronfenbrenner (human development and family studies and psychology, Cornell), a founding father of Head Start and an internationally recognized and studied scholar; and see also references should have been used to link legal cases to other topics."
--Choice (May 2004)
"Articles cover topics in such broad areas as history, social sciences, literature, medicine, and law as they relate to history of childhood and children."
--Booklist, May 2005
"...a reference tool for those interested in the historical, anthropological, or wide-ranging sociocultural study of children, childhood, and youth...a wealth of interesting material for the student or professional looking for information on childhood...should be of particular interest to those in education or professions that involve an interaction with young people...not simply a bibliography of important works,..both engaging to read and an excellent source for the professional or student...appropriate for all academic and large public libraries."
"And now here is the first encyclopedia of the history of childhood, consisting of 445 articles and 250 illustrations in three volumes written by more than 300 international scholars. The results are fascinating. "
--Times Educational Supplement (Febraury 2004)