NEWS: Q&A with Professor Roxanne Harde

Date and time: 19th November, at 5 pm Warsaw time, on Zoom.

Register: To attend event, please send an email to by 17 November, 2021.

The IRSCL Executive Board would like to invite members to Academic Writing and Publishing in Children’s Literature Studies, a Q&A with Professor Roxanne Harde.

Professor Roxanne Harde, the Senior Editor of IRCL, will kindly share her expertise as to how to get published in our field.

She is Professor of English and department chair at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty. A Fulbright Scholar and McCalla University Professor, Roxanne researches and teaches American literature and culture, focusing on children’s literature and popular culture. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and her most recent books are The Embodied Child, coedited with Lydia Kokkola (Routledge, 2017), winner of the IRSCL 2019 Book Award, and Consumption and the Literary Cookbook, coedited with Janet Wesselius (Routledge 2021), winner of the SAMLA 2021 Best Book Award. Roxanne is also the Senior Editor of International
Research in Children’s Literature.

NEWS: 2021 Book Week – A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Event: 2021 Book Week: A celebration of children’s literature

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Hybrid Event: McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis or via livestream

Book Week is the University of Minnesota’s celebration of children’s literature, with an annual author guest talk since 1941. This year’s speaker is Eliot Schrefer and for the first time we’ll be streaming the event live. Which means it’s open and free to anyone interested.

Hybrid Event

This year’s event will be hybrid, which means you have the option to attend in person or livestream the lecture from home. During registration, you must select IN PERSON or VIRTUAL. The deadline to register for attending in person is October 13, 2021.

Register here:

Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and authors organized at the University of Minnesota since 1941. The event attracts teachers, librarians, educators, students, and audiences passionate about young readers’ literacy. Over the past 79 years, Book Week has featured some of the most notable authors of children’s and YA literature, including Madeleine L’Engle, Kate DiCamillo, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Gene Luen Yang. Book Week is hosted by faculty and graduate students from the children’s literature program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The guest author’s books are available for sale and autographing.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the McNamara Alumni Center, for a discussion with Eliot Schrefer.

Free and open to the public. CEUs available.


  • 5:30-6:15 PM Reception and Opening
  • 6:15-7:00 PM Eliot Schrefer, “It’s lonely out there for a human: How literature for young people can bond us with the natural world.”
  • 7:00-7:30 PM Discussion and Q&A
  • 7:30-8:30 PM Book signing

Eliot Schrefer’s books will be available for purchase from the Red Balloon Bookshop.

2021 Book Week features Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times-bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” He is also the author of two novels for adults and four other novels for children and young adults. His books have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He lives in New York City, where he reviews books for USAToday.

Title: “It’s lonely out there for a human: How literature for young people can bond us with the natural world.”

Description: Children have a natural inclination to anthropomorphize the world around them, effortlessly assigning emotional states to the non-human. Zoology has classically encouraged us to do the opposite, to avoid assigning human feelings to non-human animals. But how might this “anthropodenial” maintain the narrative of human exceptionalism that has fueled environmental degradation and climate change … and how might literature for young people provide a hopeful solution?

NEWS: Call for Nominees

Are you – or is one of your students – working on a dissertation on the teaching and learning of literature?

Please consider applying to the Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Literature.

Click here for criteria and follow this link to apply:

If the link to the criteria doesn’t work, copy and paste this address:

Nominations are due Jan. 16 @ 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).

Don’t hesitate to email Nora Peterman, ( if you have questions.

CFP: Children’s Literature in Place – Surveying the Landscapes of Children’s Culture (an Edited Edition)


In Place: A Short Introduction, human geographer Tim Cresswell argues that “place” is space that people have made meaningful. While landscapes can be observed objectively, and spaces may be abstract, places are imbued with personal and cultural meaning and attachment. The landscapes, spaces, and places of children’s culture are varied and diverse. Here we propose a survey of the changing landscapes of children’s culture, the expected and unexpected spaces and places that emerge as and because of children’s culture.

We invite submissions for an edited collection dedicated to individual, international, and interdisciplinary considerations of the changing landscapes of contemporary children’s literature, media, and culture, from methodology to content. In particular, we seek explorations of “place” in all of its forms: the places of fiction; physical and virtual children’s places; finding one’s place in children’s culture; the new and expanding places of children’s culture; the places from which scholars approach, assign value to, and collaborate on children’s culture; and even children’s culture’s place in popular culture.

It is our aim to build on the impressive body of international research on children’s literature, media, and culture by considering essays on literary and media phenomena as well as individual case studies focused on the changing landscapes of children’s culture, the places and spaces that make up today’s children’s cultural geography in a time of change.

Chapter topics might include:

  • The place of children’s culture in popular culture
  • Significant landmarks in/of children’s culture
  • Cross- and transmediated places and spaces (e.g., amusement parks, theme parks, film sets, virtual tours)
  • Children’s book festivals and children’s places
  • Children’s literature and travel worldbuilding
  • Visual landscapes
  • Toy landscapes
  • Adaptation, publishing, and diversity
  • Digital era access and collaboration
  • Showcasing and display
  • Ecocriticism and children’s literature and culture
  • Expanding landscapes: new places, cartographies, and pathways
  • New ways of seeing children’s literature through collaboration / interdisciplinarity
  • Crossover spaces

By featuring a variety of forms and approaches to storytelling, including different literary and media formats, modalities, and practices, we hope to gain a variety of insights into the changing landscapes of children’s culture, its spaces, places, and contexts. We would especially like to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly collaborations, international multi-author projects, and, in the spirit of this collection, academic conversations about aspects of children’s culture that don’t have an obvious scholarly place.

Deadline for abstract submissions: December 1, 2021

Contact: Željka Flegar,; Jennifer Miskec,

Essays should be 5,000-7,000 words in length, in MLA format.

Proposals (no more than 1,000 words, including a short bio) are due on December 1, 2021 to the editors: and

*We are currently working with a publisher. We hope to make decisions about accepted articles by mid-January. Full articles would be due by August 1, 2022.