Call for Papers: Children’s Literature Association Conference

40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference
Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture

**DEADLINE: 15 January 2013

Hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi
June 13-15, 2013
IP Resort
Biloxi, Mississippi

The 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Conference will address play and risk in children’s and young adult (YA) literature and culture. Much of John Newbery’s A Pretty Little Pocket-Book, one of the first books to mark the emergence of children’s literature as a successful commercial enterprise, is devoted to teaching the alphabet through play and games. Innovators of children’s literature have taken risks in building businesses or careers around the notion of pleasurable works for children, just as the scholars who gathered for the first ChLA convention in 1974 and those who followed have taken risks to establish the professional study of the “Great Excluded.” Thus, from its beginnings as both literary and scholarly enterprise, children’s literature has been linked with play and risk. Many classic and contemporary works for young people represent children or young adults entertaining themselves or taking chances. The March sisters put on plays in Little Women, and Beth risks her own life to care for the Hummel baby; Alice plays croquet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and risks losing her head; Peter and Wendy play house in Peter Pan and risk being killed or kidnapped by Captain Hook. Play and risk are everywhere in children’s and YA literature and culture.

We invite paper or panel proposals on the following topics:

  • Play and games in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Children’s games as texts
  • Children’s theatre and drama or school plays
  • Linguistic, stylistic, or formal play in children’s and YA literature
  • Game theory or risk theory in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Role-play, performance, or performativity in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Childhood/adolescence as play, playing at childhood/adolescence
  • Video games and/as children’s and YA literature
  • Sports or competition in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Winning and losing in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Risk-taking in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Uncertainty or chance in children’s and YA literature and culture
  • The personal or professional risks of studying, writing, or reading children’s and YA literature
  • The disclosure of “at risk” youth
  • How children’s and YA literature or culture put children at risk
  • The risks of how children and childhood are constructed or experienced
  • Playing with race, class, gender, or sexuality in children’s and YA literature and culture

The submission window for 300-500 word paper proposals will be open between October 15, 2012 and January 15, 2013. Please submit your proposal online at



Good morning!

There are a couple 2013 conferences that have recently announced their call for proposals. Are you interested? 1.

The 10th IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People ) will hold its regional conference 18020 October in St Louis, MO.

This conference will feature a limited number of simultaneous sessions that address the conference theme and/or feature international children’s literature. All sessions will be one hour and can take one of several forms, including but not limited to:

  • Single speaker leading an interactive session
  • Multiple presentations on one topic
  • Workshop or demonstration
  • Roundtable discussion

Proposals should include a title and a description of the proposed session (100-150 words). Also include the following contact information: name, affiliation (if any), address, and email. If the proposal has multiple speakers, please include contact information for everyone listed. Proposals should be sent to  Please feel free to contact Susan Stan at if you have questions before submitting proposal. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2013


The Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section and Education and Training Section of the IFLA (International Federal of Library Associations invites proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour session in the next IFLA General Conference on August 2013 in Singapore.

 Theme: Indigenous knowledge and multiculturalism in LIS education and library training: infinite possibilities

 Submission deadline: 15 February 2013. Please visit the following link for the details:

YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation is an annual event sponsored by past presidents of YALSA.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field. The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee will select one paper to be  delivered at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 25-29, 2013.  The presenter will receive up to $1,500 to defray travel and registration costs.  The paper will be published in YALSA’s peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference. For more information about the journal, visit

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee is now seeking proposals for papers presenting points of view based on current research and relating to topics covered in YALSA’s Research Agenda.  The agenda includes four priority

Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
Priority Area 2: Young Adult Reading and Resources
Priority Area 3: Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
Priority Area 4: Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults

The full research agenda can be found at:

The application form is located at:  Important details include:

* Paper proposals are due no later than June 1, 2012.
* Only previously unpublished papers will be accepted.
* Proposals must be emailed as an MS Word document attachment. The attachment must be saved with the file name of <lastname_pastpresidentlecture.doc>.  For example, smith_pastpresidentlecture.doc.
* All submissions must be emailed to, with the subject line “Past President Lecture.”
* The winner will be selected and all applicants will be notified by August 31, 2012.
* All paper presenters must register for the Midwinter Meeting by December 1, 2012.
* For questions, email Dr. Denise E. Agosto, Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee chair, at

Any individual from within or without of the library community is welcome to submit an application. Membership in ALA/YALSA is not required.

CFP: Growing Up Asian American in Children’s Literature

I found this on Tarie’s blog, Asian in the Heart, World on the Mind.

Growing Up Asian American in Children’s Literature, Proposed Edited Collection

“Growing Up Asian American in Children’s Literature” seeks to explore some of the major issues Asian American children and adolescents face growing up in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Part of the mission of the collection is to define the term Asian American inclusively, to include all the “Asian” ethnicities from the Asian continent, the Pacific Rim, and also from around the world. Some questions the collection will discuss are what does it mean to be Asian and American? Is there a loss of identity in assimilation? How are Asian American children’s experiences different from other minority groups? Are different regions of the country factors in how they grow up? How do they construct themselves racially and culturally?

The collection will be interdisciplinary and may include non-traditional texts, such as picture books, comic books, TV shows or movies, toys, and traditional adolescent classics such as John Okada’s No-No Boy (1957) and Laurence Yep’s Dragonwings (1975), graphic novels, such as Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese(2006), and recently published novels, such as Thanhha Lai’s 2012 Newbery Honor Book Inside Out and Back Again (2011), and N. H. Senzai’s Shooting Kabul (2010).

Possible article topics may include, but are not limited to:

* What it means to be Asian and American
* Identity and assimilation: white on the inside and yellow/brown on the outside
* Race/racism/exoticized and marginalized
* Immigrant (FOB) vs. the second/third generation (ABC or Desi)
* Bi-racialism, ethnicity, and hybridity
* Diaspora, home and homeland, transnationalism
* Globalization, citizenship, and mobility
* Family separations (war-torn homeland/refugees)
* Education and stereotypes of the model minority
* 9/11
* Religion in a Christian country: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.
* Poverty/illegal immigration
* Bilingualism, translation, and the child interpreter
* Alien/foreigner but never “American”
* Gender, sexuality, homosexuality

A major university press has indicated a strong interest in the project. Please submit a detailed 500-1000 word abstract and a brief CV by May 15, 2012 to Ymitri Mathison at Completed articles of 6000-7500 words must be submitted by November 1, 2012, following MLA formatting guidelines. I hope to turn in the collection to the publisher in early 2013 for a possible publication date in late 2013. Inquiries welcome and all emails will be acknowledged.