April 5, 2012

Call for Papers: ‘Children’s Literature from the Commonwealth of Nations’

We invite submissions for a Special Issue of Bookbird in conjunction with the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET). The CET has promoted education, literacy and literature throughout the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations for 125 years. Their work has much in common with IBBY. Papers are invited on the literatures of Commonwealth countries, as well as on literacy education, the development of the imagination and critical thinking through reading, and other practical uses of literature. Papers of 4000 words are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • National identity in literature for children and teens
  • Literacy programmes which incorporate children’s literature
  • Thematic developments in national literatures
  • Indigenous and diasporic literatures for children
  • Multilingual children’s literature
  • The impact of colonization and/or Empire on national literatures for children
  • The oral tradition and/or literary retellings
  • Trends in illustration techniques
  • Prizes for children’s literature
  • Non-fiction publishing for children and teens

Titles and abstracts of 250 words should be sent to both editors by 15th May 2012. Roxanne Harde rharde@augustana.ca and Lydia Kokkola lydia.kokkola@utu.fi

The full papers will be expected by 30th June 2012. Please see Bookbird’s website at www.ibby.org/bookbird for full submission details.

In addition, short reviews of recently published children’s literature (c.a. 300 words) or of research on children’s literature (c.a. 750 words) are warmly welcomed.

Papers which are not accepted for this issue will be considered for later issues of Bookbird.

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature (ISSN 0006 7377) is a refereed journal published quarterly by IBBY


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