New Issue of IRCL: 11.1 (July 2018)

We are excited to share that volume 11.1 (July 2018) of International Research in Children’s Literature is now available at

As Senior Editor Kimberley Reynolds writes in the editorial, the IRSCL and its journal “were founded to build links between scholars researching into writing for children and young people wherever it is taking place” (p. v). This newest volume reflects our continued efforts toward that goal, including a call for papers to help launch the new IRCL feature on African children’s literature and, of course, excellent articles such as “Children, Learning and Play in the Mengxue bao (The Children’s Educator, 1897–1902).”

We also welcome Haifeng Hui of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, who was appointed as an IRCL Advisor on China, and Fabiana Loparco, an independent scholar in Italy, who is our Production Assistant. We look forward to working with them and our many other advisors and members in growing our international network. To help in this effort, we encourage you to share IRCL articles widely with students and colleagues. This will not only raise awareness of the important work of our contributors but also that of the journal and IRSCL itself, ensuring that we continue as a platform for research in our field wherever it is taking place.

IRSCL Mentoring Program

IRSCL invites young children’s literature researchers (including undergraduate students and recent PhD graduates) to apply and benefit from the mentors’ expertise and guidance related to:

  • Teaching/Curriculum development
  • Article/book publication
  • Job market
  • Conference presentation skills
  • Networking
  • Grant applications

We are initially offering 20 mentee places, which we will try to allocate by matching the mentees’ needs with the mentors’ expertise. Once we have matched the mentors and mentees, we will ask them to negotiate the means of communication and time commitments. We hope that the mentors and mentees are able to begin their collaboration at the beginning of February 2018.

If you are interested in participating in the program as a mentee, please fill in and submit the online application form until 15 January, 2018.

Please email Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak at if you have any questions.

IRSCL Statement of Principles

On Universal Children’s Day, the scholarly organization International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) issues a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom. For this reason, IRSCL has issued a Statement of Principles, which explains why scholarship can flourish only in a world with open borders. Read and listen to the Statement in multiple languages on YouTube. Please join us in sharing this widely!

IRSCL Press Release: Current Global Politics Limit Academic Freedom

On Universal Children’s Day, November 20, 2017, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, (IRSCL, issues a Statement of Principles, because it is worried about the ways in which contemporary geopolitics curtail academic freedom.

This summer, IRSCL convened its 23rd biennial congress in Canada. More than 20 percent of the scholars whose papers were accepted were unable to attend Congress 2017, not only because of radical economic disparities in the world but also because of current restrictive travel policies and the “chill” caused by them.

– IRSCL finds the current xenophobic situation worrying as it curtails academic freedom. The free flow of people and ideas across borders has to be defended anew, says Lies Wesseling, President of IRSCL.

For this reason, IRSCL has issued a Statement of Principles, which explains why scholarship can flourish only in a world with open borders. The statement will be released in the format of a collection of videos featuring IRSCL members reading the statement in their native language (IRSCL 2017 Statement).

– The statement is issued on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, to emphasize not only the importance of our research, but also of children’s literature’s potential to foster empathy, nurture creativity, and imagine a better world, says Lies Wesseling.

IRSCL is an international scholarly organization dedicated to children’s and young adult literature with 360 members from 47 different countries worldwide. Every second year the organization arranges IRSCL Congress, the world’s most international congress within the research field.

President IRSCL, professor Elisabeth Wesseling:


Call for 2017 IRSCL Travel and Research Grant Applications

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for travel grants of not more than US$1,000 to enable IRSCL members to attend the Toronto Congress. This grant supports members who might not otherwise be able to travel to the Congress. It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Travel Grants. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2017.

Members of IRSCL are invited to apply for 2017 IRSCL Research Grants. There will be two grants, each worth US$1,000, intended to encourage postgraduate or early career scholars in children’s literature. Eligible activities include literary, historical, cultural, sociological, empirical and pedagogical research. Applications should include a clear outline of aims, methodology, budget allocation, and expected outcomes. It is necessary to be an IRSCL member in good standing at the time of application. For more information about applications and to access the forms, see the Grants section of this website, under Research Grants. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced at our Congress in Toronto.

Call for Nominations for 2017 IRSCL Book Awards

The 2017 IRSCL Congress will be in Toronto, Canada, in July/August 2017. The Congress 2017 website is up and can be accessed at

We want to remind you to nominate books for consideration for the IRSCL Book Award. Books considered for the 2017 award must have been published during the period 2015-2016, must not have been nominated for an earlier IRSCL competition, and must deal with research on children’s literature or other forms of cultural texts for young people. Authors can nominate their own books, or IRSCL members can nominate books by other members, as long as those nominating books and the authors of nominated books are IRSCL members whose membership is up to date.

In 2015, a new category of competition for edited volumes was introduced. This means that we will award up to two Book Awards in any competition, one for monographs and one for edited volumes.

Please email nominations to Larissa Wodtke (cc to Evelyn Arizpe) before January 15, 2017, along with two hard copies of the book or confirmation that you have arranged for publishers to send nominated books directly to her. If the book has also been published electronically and is available through open access, please include the link in your nomination.

Don’t forget to cc Evelyn Arizpe in your email.

Contact details are as follows:
Larissa Wodtke:
Evelyn Arizpe:

Mailing address for hard copies of books:

Larissa Wodtke
Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

2015 Children’s Literature in Education Emerging Scholar Award Call for Applications

During its long history, the journal Children’s Literature in Education has often benefited from the refreshing ideas and original approaches of young and new scholars in the field of children’s literature. In the current academic climate, the Humanities are under financial pressure in various countries. The competition for (post)doctoral scholarships is keen and tenured positions are becoming rare. CLE, with the support of its publisher, Springer, therefore launched the Children’s Literature in Education Emerging Scholar Award (CLEESA) in 2013, which will run annually.

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Children’s Literature in Education Emerging Scholar Award has been presented to Meagan Lacy, an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy Services & Instruction at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, a CUNY school in New York, New York, for her essay “Portraits of Children of Alcoholics: Stories that Add Hope to Hope,” which will be published in the December 2015 issue of CLE.

Each year, the prestigious winner receives a prize of $500 and their article is published exclusively in Children’s Literature in Education, with an appropriate acknowledgement of its award-winning status. Excellent essays that do not win the award will still be considered for publication in CLE.

Applicants must submit an essay of 6-8,000 words to the Children’s Literature in Education website before 31 December 2015 ( For anyone unfamiliar with the journal, details and a preview can be found there, together with a PDF guide to the journal’s house style: All submitted articles must conform to this house style.

Submissions must be original works that have not been published previously (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration with another journal or edited collection.

For the purpose of eligibility for this award, an Emerging Scholar is defined as someone who meets the following criteria:

  • has not defended a Ph.D. before 31 December 2012
  • has not published books, chapters or peer-reviewed articles on children’s literature before 31 December 2010

Submissions should be accompanied by a brief note indicating that the article is to be considered for the Emerging Scholar Award, and affirming that the author meets these criteria.

IRSCL Congress Registration Open

The online booking for the 2015 IRSCL conference and accommodation is now live at:

The Congress runs from Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12 on the St John’s campus, University of Worcester. Accommodation is at the St John’s Campus where the conference will be held, and at the City Campus, both with high quality student flats. The City Campus is a 20-minute pleasant walk from the St John’s campus and a 20-minute walk from Worcester Foregate Street railway station. City campus is very close to restaurants for evening meals, and other facilities such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacy, and post office.

Breakfast is provided as part of your accommodation booking. The registration and help desk at the St John’s campus will be attended through the whole of each day of the conference.